Proper care and handling of contact lenses is imperative if you want to wear contacts comfortably and safely. Following are instructions provided for our new contact lens wearers at Eye to Eye Optometry Clinic in Edmonton. These tips can be a good reminder for long-term wearers as well.
Most modern contact lenses can be worn every day, most of the day. However, some brands/materials do not allow enough breathability for wearing every day. Also, certain health factors may limit the amount you can wear your contact lenses. Wearing contacts longer each day than you have been advised can lead to complications ranging from temporary discomfort to permanent scarring/vision loss. Stick to the wearing time your eyecare professional recommends.
DO NOT SLEEP with your contact lenses in unless your eye care professional instructs you it is safe to do so.
Your eye care professional will advise you regarding how frequently your contact lenses need to be disposed of once your fitting appointments have been completed. This disposal interval will be determined by considering both the manufacturer’s recommended schedule and our assessment of your eye health and contact lens condition at your fitting appointments. Failure to comply with these instructions greatly increases your risk of infections, scratches on your eyes, and/or painful inflammatory conditions.