Wear Your Contacts Safely

1. Wear your contacts each day only as long as your doctor recommends.

2. If you think you’ll have trouble remembering when to change your lenses, make a chart to track your schedule. .

3. Never wear someone else’s contacts, especially if they’ve already been worn. Using other people’s contact lenses can spread infections or particles from their eyes to yours.

4. Don’t sleep with your contacts in. When your eyelids are closed, your tears don’t bring as much oxygen to your eyes as when they’re open.

5. Don’t let the tip of solution bottles touch other surfaces, like your fingers, eyes, or contacts. Any of them can contaminate the solution.

6. Use a rewetting solution or plain saline solution to keep your eyes moist.

7. If you accidentally insert your contacts inside out, it won’t hurt your eye. But it won’t feel good, either. To avoid this, place the lens on the tip of your finger so it forms a cup. Look at the contact from the side. If the cup looks like it flares out at the top and has a lip, the lens is inside out. If it looks like the letter “U,” it’s right side out.

8. Don’t swim with your contacts in. Goggles are better than nothing, but there’s still a chance you could get a serious infection if you wear contacts in a pool, or worse, in a lake.

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