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CDC Contact Lens Health Week


You only have one pair of eyes, so take care of them. Learn how during Contact Lens Health Week. #OnePairTakeCare

Your Habits

wash hands iconWash your hands with soap and water. Dry them well with a clean cloth before touching your contact lenses every time.

no-sleeping icon Don't sleep in your contact lenses unless prescribed by your eye doctor.

Water droplet iconKeep water away from your contact lenses. Avoid showering in contact lenses, and remove them before using a hot tub or swimming.

Why? Read the science behind the recommendations.

Your Supplies

Your Contact Lenses

  • Rub and rinse your contact lenses with contact lens disinfecting solution—never water or saliva—to clean them each time you remove them.

  • Never store your contact lenses in water.

  • Replace your contact lenses as often as recommended by your eye doctor.

Your Contact Lens Case

  • Rub and rinse your contact lens case with contact lens solution—never water—and then empty and dry with a clean tissue. Store upside down with the caps off after each use.

  • Replace your contact lens case at least once every three months.

Your Contact Lens Solution

  • Don’t “top off” solution. Use only fresh contact lens disinfecting solution in your case—never mix fresh solution with old or used solution.

  • Use only the contact lens solution recommended by your eye doctor.

Why? Read the science behind the recommendations.

Your Eye Doctor

Visit your eye doctor yearly or as often as he or she recommends.

Ask your eye doctor if you have questions about how to care for your contact lenses and case or if you are having any difficulties.

Remove your contact lenses immediately and call your eye doctor if you have eye pain, discomfort, redness, or blurred vision.

Why? Read the science behind the recommendations.

Be Prepared


Carry a backup pair of glasses with a current prescription—just in case you have to take out your contact lenses.