Many people wear contacts. They are a great way to get the vision correction that you need without having to deal with glasses. Yet, even though many people wear contacts, it doesn't mean that they are wearing them properly. Contact wearers are constantly making mistakes that could affect their eye health and cause long-term problems. Here are some things you need to know so you can properly care for your contacts.

1. Don't Just Rinse, Wash The Contact

When you take out your contacts it is very important that you fully wash them. Some people take out the contact and simply place it in a solution believing that will clean them off. This is not the case. Instead, you are simply placing the dirty contact into a solution where it will continue to soak in the bacterium that was on the contact the day before.

Instead, when you remove the contact you should take it in your hand and spray solution on it. Then you should rub the contact between your fingers to dislodge any protein or bacteria that got stuck. After which, hold the contact with two fingers and rinse off the contact with solution. Only after you have completed this process should you start to soak the contact.

2. Remove Contacts Each Night

One of the worst things you can do is sleep in your contacts. There are very few contacts that are safe to sleep in, and unless you have direct permission from your eye doctor to wear them at night, you should always be removing them. This is because the contact prevents your eye from getting all the air it needs. Although some oxygen can pass through, you need to give your eyes time to regenerate.

When you continually wear contacts, you trap the bacteria in your eyes. This can cause eye diseases that are severe. Consequently, remove your contacts as much as possible.

3. Don't Wear Old Contacts Or Ones That Are Damaged

If your contact has any kind of scratch or damage to it, you should not wear it. Even if it still helps to correct your vision, it can damage the cornea of your eye. Having a contact that has damage on it on your eye will continually scratch and scrape the eye until the eye is injured and open for infection. If there is any question to the safety of the contact, throw it out and replace it.

These are just a couple simple things you should do to care for your contacts. 

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