During this time of most uncertainty, hopefully we can give you a little piece of mind and check some worries off your list. Contact lenses are SAFE when worn properly. The two most important things to remember when dealing with your contact lenses are: 1) WASH YOUR HANDS 2) BE SMART
The first is obvious, but it needs to be reinforced over an over again. Proper hand washing is the key! 20+ seconds with warm soapy water, followed by drying your hands with a clean, lint free, paper towel before putting your contacts in. Then AGAIN, after you insert your lenses, you need to RE WASH your hands. Its worth the extra few seconds for your own health and the safety of others.
#2: BE SMART: Rubbing our eyes and not washing is probably the biggest unconscious culprit. We need to be obsessed with hand washing after touching our face. When was the last time you threw out your contact lens case and got a new one? What about throwing out your lenses? Are you disposing of your contacts on their proper wear cycle? This is NOT the time to be over wearing or stretching out your contacts. Are you truly cleaning your lenses properly, or just dropping them into their case? Rubbing the lenses is key to cleaning them each night. Are you using fresh solution each day or simply ‘topping off’ the case?
If you find yourself guilty of some of these, it’s time to make a change in your contact lens hygiene habits. In fact, if you haven’t already, this is the PERFECT time to switch to daily disposable contacts. Fresh, clean, and STERILE EVERY DAY. It doesn’t get much healthier than that. Stay safe. Be smart, and WASH YOUR HANDS!!!