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How to Care for Contact Lenses

Follow these guidelines for good contact lens care to extend the life of your contact lenses, and protect the safety and health of your eyes.


Acquire contacts by going to an eye doctor, having your eyes checked, and ordering contacts of the correct prescription. Try out a few different samples of contact solution to find out if you are allergic to any and which work the best. Buy any other materials.



Make sure that your hands are clean before handling the lenses. After you have washed your hands with soap and warm water, dry them using a clean towel. Remember – any residue from soaps, lotions, or chemicals may stick to your contact lenses and give rise to irritation, pain, or blurred vision.



Learn how to properly put in contact lenses, preferably from your doctor.



Learn how to properly take out contacts when removing and storing.



Wear your contact lenses for the proper amount of time, as prescribed by your doctor (i.e. 2 weeks, 1 month, etc.).


See your doctor annually to check your contact lens prescription.



Use a re-wetting solution or plain saline solution to keep your eyes lubricated.



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