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The following tips can help you keep your contacts clean and
safe, which will help keep your eyes healthy and your vision as clear as
To avoid eye problems, be sure to follow the directions for cleaning and wearing
contact lenses. Contact lens wearers have an increased
risk for serious eye infections and injury to the
cornea. Contact lenses can cause eye problems, such as
damage to the cornea or eye infections. Small objects that get into the eye may
become trapped under a lens and scratch the cornea. Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) or other minor eye infections are
likely to irritate your eyes and make wearing contacts uncomfortable and
Symptoms of possible problems with contacts
include redness, pain or burning in the eye, drainage, blurred vision, or
sensitivity to light (photophobia).
If you are having problems, remove your lenses and disinfect them. If you have symptoms
longer than 2 to 3 hours after removing and cleaning your contacts,
call your eye doctor.
Wash your hands before you try to take out a lens. Try using sterile saline or contact-lens eyedrops to help float the lens back over the cornea. If the lens is still stuck, you can try one or more of the following:
If you can't remove a contact lens, call an eye professional for an appointment.
Current as of:
October 30, 2013
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
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