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Health Tip for Contact Lens Wearers

If you wear contact lenses, you want to make sure you are doing all you can to keep your eyes healthy. I thought I was doing right by closing my contact lens case every morning after putting in my lenses. I guess I was wrong. I didn't realize that a dark and moist closed case is the perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria to grow. Two things you definitely don't want in your eyes since they could cause major discomfort, or even worse an infection.

So if you wear contact lenses, after putting them in your eyes be sure to leave your case open and dump out the old solution so it can dry fully between uses. It's also a good idea to boil your case in water for ten minutes once every couple of weeks to get rid of any gross stuff that may be growing in the case. Many solutions come with new cases, so when you go through a bottle of solution, use the new case that comes with it and toss your old one.

Let me know if you already do this in the comment section below.


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jendudley jendudley 9 years
I leave my contacts in for days. Is that bad? (just kidding, I know it is) I hate waking up in the AM and not being able to read the darn alarm clock. I need to look into the continuous wear type, huh????
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I've always rinsed and let my contact case dry during the day because my eye doctor told me the case should be dry. I've never had a problem with contact infections, so I guess I'm doing something right, lol.
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 9 years
I have the continuous wear lenses as well and I love them. I try to wear my glasses every couple of weeks to let my eyes breathe, but it's a challenge in the fact that I teach a dance class and have running after work most nights of the week, and I can't do either with my glasses. Also, I've noticed that I've had some issues with getting headaches from wearing my glasses too long... (just updated my prescription)
redscorpio redscorpio 9 years
I knew I am supposed to rinse the case and leave it open to air dry (I use ReNu and it says so in the instructions) but sometimes I forget and I just leave it open with the solution still there. :| But I think that my biggest mistake is one I have done (by sheer absentmindedness) 5 or 6 times in the 14 years I have been wearing lenses - I take off the lenses, put them in the case & totally forget to put the solution!!! So when I go in the morning to wear them they are totally rigid and not cleaned!! :( Almost every time I just left them in solution for 30-40 minutes and then wore them but I know that was not the very wise of me... :[
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
No problem! I use Focus Night & Day and I'll never go back. They're not the cheapest type of contact lens but I'll gladly pay the extra to not have to take my lenses in and out every day!
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
I've always rinsed my case daily & left it open to air dry. I don't boil my cases, but I do wash it each week with soap & hot water, using a cheap toothbrush to scrub it a little. (No, it's not an old used toothbrush! It's only purpose is for the case & they both get replaced frequently.) I've had pretty good luck with my contacts, the entire 27 years I've been wearing them. Just last month, though, I opened a new bottle of solution. Both days that I used that solution, my eyes just burned & burned, to the point of major redness & tearing. It even burned for a while after I took the contacts out. So, I switched brands of solution & it immediately cleared up. I think the previous brand (a cheaper brand that I had been using for years) must have changed something in the ingredients. It did remind me, though, that it's better to not go cheap with conditioning solution. The new, more expensive, brand just feel so much more "cushiony" when I put my contacts in.
anned anned 9 years
Thanks for the tip bluesarahlou! I am mega blind too-so I know exactly what you are talking about. I will have to inquire about that on my next visit!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Oh, and I've had an eye infection before (before I got the continuous wear). Its no fun. Clean your lenses!!!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Anned I used to sleep with my contacts in too! And my doctor yelled at me. I'm really really blind, so I hated taking my lenses out at night. Something about waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to see anything in the dark really freaked me out. :) So she suggested I get lenses that are approved for up to 30 day continuous wear. I LOVE THEM. They're made from a different material than normal contact lenses so they're super breathable. Not everyone can wear them but if you hate taking your lenses in and out every day you might wanna look into the continuous wear. Wow I sound like a commercial! But I just really love these lenses :)
anned anned 9 years
wow I feel like a total dirt ball! I used to sleep with my contacts in, before my doctor yelled at me about how much oxygen my eyes need. I guess I am still behind!
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 9 years
I leave mine open during the day and I rinse it out after putting in my contacts. That's important for me because my boyfriend usually gets hair in it when he shaves! I also get a new case every so often - you can usually get one or two freebies from your eye doctor.
PooLovesBoo PooLovesBoo 9 years
Wow! I'm totally boiling my case today! (that sounds funny)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I always did this when i wore mine! But my city is way too DRY in winter to wear mine... :( It sucks!
melizzle melizzle 9 years
Yuck! I never knew that! I know what I'll be doing tonight after work...
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Ugh I need to buy new contacts asap. I wear mine all the time. I'm trying to make a habit of wearing my glasses at least a couple times a month. I just hate wearing them to the gym. But if I don't, I'll run into things.
Ikandy Ikandy 9 years
i change my case everytime i buy new solution...didnt know mold could gtow in there...ewww
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Boiling the case?? Hmmm I'd be weary of it melting, maybe. I clean mine out everyday and let it air dry. I think more people need to be educated on wearing their lenses less though, I wore mine every day without fail until I had corneal ulcers. People should embrace their glasses more, and give their eyes a break.
vxgirlxv vxgirlxv 9 years
Oh my gross!! Im so boiling my case right now!! And not to mention going to buy a new one!! My Dr. never told me this..I'm following his directions.....ugh boy do I have some words got him! hahaa
rumpel2 rumpel2 9 years
i wear don't have to deal with this
emalove emalove 9 years
I always leave mine open...I was taught that after putting in my lenses for the day, to rinse out the case with fresh solution and allow it to air-dry. So this is what I do. When I take my lenses out for the day, I also rinse it with a little more solution before filling it for storage. I think I take excellent care of my lenses and my eyes...I've been wearing contacts for almost 17 years and never have had any kind of eye problems.
scorpstar77 scorpstar77 9 years
I've always left my case open just for that reason, but be aware that you're going to want to rinse it out before you put your lenses back in it (at least every few days) because leaving it open causes dust and other air-borne particles to settle there (like stray eyelashes, etc).
psychobabble psychobabble 9 years
Yuck, I'm going to go open my case up before I leave for the day!
anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
I've been doing this since I've read the instructions on the solution bottle carefully...but just as you, before that I thought it was wise to keep the case closed.
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