If you wear contact lenses, make sure you’re following these best practices

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Have you grown tired of wearing eyeglasses day-in-and-day-out?

Do you lead an active lifestyle that regularly puts your frames and lenses at risk?

Why not make the switch to contacts? Not only are they affordable and easy to use, they come in a variety of types including soft, hard, and disposable.

We regularly see patients for contact exams and fittings, but we always tell patients that their level of care can make or break the contact wearing experience. Here are three simple tips if you’re new to wearing contact lenses:

Wash your hands before touching your contacts. Your hands open doors, touch counters and railings and interact with co-workers and family members. The last thing you want is to put a bunch of germs and microorganisms near your eye. Whenever you’re preparing to take your contacts out or put them in, wash your hands with soap and warm water.

Don’t sleep in your contacts. Even if your contacts are breathable, it’s better to give your eyes a break while you’re snoozing. Wearing contacts while you sleep not only prevents your eyes from breathing, it can lead to infections or irritation.

Change your contacts when you’re supposed to. If you wear disposable contacts, your doctor will recommend switching them out regularly, generally once a month. Even if you don’t think there is something wrong with your contacts, it’s important to follow this schedule. Contact lenses can wear down over time and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

If you would like to learn more about contact lens care, we invite you to visit our website.

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