The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) recently issued a warning to contact lens wearers about contact lens care

A  large US survey of contact lens wearers found that 99% may be engaging in at least one behaviour known to increase their risk of eye infections. The majority of wearers ( 82.3%) reported keeping their contact lenses for longer than recommended, adding new solution to existing solution instead of emptying the case before adding new solution (55%) and/or wearing their lenses while sleeping ( 50.2%)

The CDC recommendations for prevention of infection for contact lens wearers were


  • Wash hands with soap and water and dry them well before touching contact lenses
  • Take contacts out before sleeping, showering or swimming
  • Rub and rinse contacts in disinfecting solution each time they are removed
  • Rub and rinse the case with contact lens solution, dry with a clean tissue and store it upside down with the cap off after each use
  • Replace cases at least once every three months
  • Avoid topping off solution in the lens case ( adding fresh solution to old solution)
  • Carry a backup pair of glasses in case contact lenses have to be taken out

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