When was the last time you replaced your contact lens case?

 

Did you know that bacteria can grow on your contact lens case? Isn’t it gross to think that you could be putting that bacterium in your eye whenever you put on your contact lenses? To keep bacteria at bay, you should be replacing your contact lens case every three months.

You may be thinking, “But I change the solution every day! Surely, that will extend the life of my contact lens case!” The problem with contact lens cases is that bacteria from fingers can transfer over the case and build up. To keep your contact lens case squeaky clean, follow these steps when handling your case and contacts:

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water before touching your contact lenses.

  2. Empty the solution out of the case every day. Do not attempt to reuse contact lens solution as it can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

  3. Let the case air dry before putting the caps back on.

  4. Sanitize your contact lens case once a week between contact lens replacement. You can get baby bottle sanitize bags in the baby aisle to help make it easier.

Do you need more tips on keep your contacts clean? Visit the Bixby Eye Center’s optometrists in Peoria, Illinois to help field your questions and concerns!

 

Top image by Flickr user Lenore Edman used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

 

 

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