Contact lenses are prescription-strength “glasses” worn on the surface of the eye. Lenses are an option for most age groups and vision needs.
Your daily contact lens routine may seem to be working well. But experts say some common practices, like sleeping in your contacts, can be threatening to eye health.
There’s currently no evidence that wearing contacts puts someone at a greater risk of getting COVID-19, but good hand hygiene and proper contact use is especially important.
Find the answers to questions that pique your curiosity in our series, “The Short Answer.” Optometrist Wes Immler, OD, fields this one about changing your contact lenses.
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If you wear contact lenses, you know they can make things worse when your eyes are irritated. But could you be allergic to the lens solution or contacts themselves?
If you’ve ever slept in your contact lenses, worn them past the prescribed replacement schedule, or gone for a dip in the community pool without taking them out, rethink your habits. The time or money you may save is not worth the risk of infection.