August 21-25, 2017 is Contact Lens Health Week. This is a week dedicated to increasing awareness and promoting healthy contact lens wear and care. Contacts lenses are a discreet way of managing vision impairments without being tied to a pair of glasses. 40 million plus people in the U.S. wear contacts and when cared for properly, can provide a comfortable way to work and play.
This year’s campaign is Healthy Habits=Healthy Eyes. Here are some guidelines for healthy contact lens wear:
- Always wash your hands with soap and water before touching your contacts.
- Never reuse solution or mix “old” solution with “new” solution. And NEVER store contacts in water.
- Do not sleep in contact lenses, unless your Doctor says it’s okay.
- Replace contact lens cases monthly.
- Avoid wearing contacts while showering, swimming or using a hot tub.
- Replace contact lenses as often as your eye doctor says.
- Wear sunglasses due to increased light sensitivity and glare associated with contact lens wear.
- Remove contact lenses if and eye pain, irritation, redness or blurriness occurs.
- Always carry a pair of glasses in case you need to take out your contacts.
- Visit your eye doctor yearly.
Click here, https://www.cdc.gov/contactlenses/, for more information about contacts or contact lens health week. If you have questions or concerns about caring for your contact lenses please call your eye doctor at OPMT today.