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Since contacts are so important option for vision and our eyes are so precious, it’s important to take good care of both. Many people new to contact lenses, and even some experienced wearers, have practical questions about contacts.

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In order to help ensure crisp, clear vision, better eye health and maximum lens wearing comfort, there are a few things to consider for successful lens wear and care.

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These tips will help guide you, but always follow the advice of your eye care professional.

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1. Before You Touch Your Lenses

Always wash your hands before you put your lenses in or take them out. Don’t lather up with oily or heavily scented soaps. Lenses can cling to wet hands, so dry your hands well with a lint-free towel. If you want to use a moisturizer, wait until after you’ve put in your lenses. The residue from lotions can stick to them.

2. How Long Can I Wear My Lenses?

Replace your lenses as often as the doctor suggests, even if you don’t wear them every day. For instance, if you have the disposable kind that are good for one wearing, throw them out after you’ve worn them once, even if they still feel fresh. When you wear lenses for more days than you should, or when you sleep in lenses that aren’t made for overnight wear, you raise your risk of eye infections.

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