Health Tip: Prevent Problems With Contact Lenses

-- Wearing contact lenses requires precautions to protect your eyes from infection.

The University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center offers these suggestions on how to care for contact lenses:

  • Always wash your hands before handling your lenses or touching your eyes.
  • Never let anyone else wear your lenses.
  • Only take lenses in and out as prescribed by your doctor -- don't put them in and remove them repeatedly throughout the day.
  • Only purchase lenses that your doctor has prescribed. Avoid so-called "fashion" lenses or purchasing any lenses from someone other than a reputable source.
  • Replace lenses regularly on the schedule prescribed by your doctor.
  • Clean lenses thoroughly and regularly as recommended by your doctor.
  • Throw away disposable lenses. Don't try to sterilize or re-use them.

Posted: July 2007


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