While contact lenses are safely used by millions of people every day, they do carry a risk of eye infection. Factors contributing to infection can include:
- Use of extended-wear lenses;
- Reduced tear exchange under the lens;
- Environmental factors;
- Poor hygiene.
The single best way to avoid eye infections is to follow proper lens care guidelines as prescribed by your eye care professional, as well as the list of "Dos and Don'ts" below.
- Handle your lenses with fingertips; avoid contact with fingernails.
- If you use hair spray, apply it before inserting lenses.
- If you wear make-up, apply it after inserting your lenses.
- Contact lenses should be cleaned and disinfected daily, or after each wearing period. Clean and disinfect one lens at a time in lens solution.
- If lenses are not worn on a daily basis, they should be stored in the lens case and disinfected before use.
- Soft contact lenses and the contact lens case should be replaced frequently.
- Store all contact lens solutions at room temperature (59°-86° F)
- Never re-use lens solution.
- Do not use saline to soak lenses, or soap and water.
- Do not use eye drops or solutions not intended for contact lens use.
- Do not use eye medication except under medical supervision.
- Do not wear contact lenses while working in the presence of irritating vapors or fumes.
- Do not use make-up in the inner margins of the eyelids.
- Do not allow soaps, cosmetics or other chemical substances to come into contact with your lenses.
- Do not touch solution bottle tips to any surface; this can cause contamination.
Below is a list of some of the contact lens brands OCB carries. Please contact our optical shop for the full list:
- Acuvue Oasys
- Air Optix
- Air Optix Colors
- Bausch & Lomb
- Coopervision Biofinity