Contact Lens Care

Thursday, December 03, 2015

More than 40 million people in the United States use contact lenses. Correct handling and care of this type of eyewear is important to avoid complications. Dr. Edward Hill discusses caring for contact lenses in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Inappropriate use and care of contact lenses can have serious consequences like infection or injury to the surface of the eye and may even lead to blindness.

Before touching contact lenses, always wash your hands with soap and water and dry your hands well.

Manufacturers recommend rubbing and rinsing contact lenses with disinfecting solution each time you remove them from your eyes.

Store contact lenses in the proper lens storage case and replace your case every three months or sooner. Soak lenses overnight in sufficient contact lens solution to completely cover the lens. Contact lenses should never be stored in water.

Remove your contact lenses before sleeping unless directed otherwise by your doctor. This helps the cornea of the eye to breathe and restore its surface. Keep water away from your contact lenses.

People who wear contact lenses should have a thorough eye examination at least once a year. Remove contact lenses immediately and contact an eye doctor if you experience eye pain, discomfort, redness or blurred vision.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.