From 24-28 August, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the US are promoting Contact Lens Health Week
– encouraging healthy habits for healthy eyes.
Primarily aimed at teenagers to raise awareness of contact lens hygiene early on, there are some key points to remember that are relevant no matter how old you are:
1. Clean hands
: Dirty hands can increase the risk of transferring germs, so make sure your hands are clean and dry before handling your contact lenses
2. Overused contacts
: Make sure you remember to take out your contact lenses before you go to bed. Keeping them in overnight can increase the risk of infection.
3. Swimming and showering
: It’s best to remove contact lenses before swimming or showering, unless you wear tight-fitting goggles over the top. Don’t forget to clean your lenses in fresh solution before putting them back in your eyes.
You can find further tips and advice for contact lens wearers from the British Contact Lens Association