Can Wearing Contacts Damage Your Eyes?

Since contact lenses were first introduced as a viable correction option for the visually impaired, millions of people have enjoyed their many benefits. Yet with continuous use, you may wonder if wearing contact lenses can harm your eyes.

The good news is that contact lenses are very safe when worn properly. However, there are some risks involved with contacts. It is important to understand what you can do to ensure your eyes stay healthy for years to come.

When can wearing contacts start hurting your eyes?

There are three specific situations when contacts can start hurting your eyes. Contacts become dangerous to eye health when they are:

      - Not fitted properly for your eyes

      - Not cleaned or removed as directed by a doctor

      - Not replaced in the proper time frame

Your eyes are very delicate. Exposure to germs, debris, and bacteria can all have a major impact if not prevented or treated quickly. Trusting your instincts when your contacts don’t feel right and keeping in touch with your optometrist are keys to recognizing problems with your contact lenses.

How can I keep my contacts from hurting my eyes?

One of the most important steps you can take is to keep your contact lenses from hurting your eyes is to have your contacts properly fitted. For most people, this means visiting an eye doctor. Each eye is different, and many variables need to be accounted for before you get contacts. If contact lenses aren’t fitted properly, your risk for irritability, vision problems, and eye abrasions increases.

What is the best way to clean my contact lenses?

Make sure to clean your contacts properly. Don’t use water or old contact solution to clean your contacts. This includes not topping off your old solution with new solution. Always wash your hands before handling your contacts and wash your contact case regularly.

Adhere to the replacement policy advised by your doctor. No matter what the schedule is, make sure to have new contact lenses ready to go at the scheduled time. Even with proper cleaning, deposits will build up on your lenses that can cause problems. Switching out your contacts case once every three months to greatly reduce the risk of contamination.

Some other simple ideas include not sleeping with your contacts in unless they are designed to do so, choosing softer lenses for better oxygen flow, and putting your contacts in before you wear any makeup.

If you have additional questions about wearing contacts, you may want to check out our First-Time Wearer’s Guide or get answers to frequently asked questions about contacts here.

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Information received through VSP Vision Care's social media channels is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, medical recommendations, diagnosis or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. 

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