TOP 10 CONTACT LENS DO’S AND DON’TS By Dr. James Ivanoski, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
- Do not wear them when your eyes are red or irritated. Wearing contacts with irritated eyes will most likely make things worse.
- Try not to swim with them in. Wearing contacts while swimming can make it easier to get an eye infection or have irritation from chlorine.
- Take them out every night unless you are told that it is ok to sleep with them in by your eye doctor. Leaving contacts in overnight increases likelihood for infection.
- Replace your disinfecting solution in the case daily.
- Rinse your contact lens case with hot water, let it air dry daily, and thoroughly clean your contact lens case weekly.
- Replace your contact lens case quarterly. Serious eye infections can result from old dirty contact lens cases.
- Replace soft disposable contact lenses on a schedule prescribed by your eye doctor. Wearing older dirty contacts increases risk of infection or inflammation.
- Get an eye exam yearly. The eye health has to be assessed to make sure the contact lens is not causing any problems.
- Never store them in tap water.
- 10. Always handle the contacts with clean hands.
Most of the time contact lenses provide excellent vision, and if they are worn like your eye doctor prescribed should provide a healthy alternative to glasses.
Dr. James Ivanoski is an Optometrist practicing with Drs. Martha Jay and Mark German at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals. He welcomes patients of all ages into his practice and accepts most insurance plans. For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.