Taking Care of Your Eyes

Eye infections can lead to serious vision loss in some cases. Proper care of your eyes is just as important as proper lens care.

  • Remove the contact lenses and consult an ophthalmologist immediately if you experience symptoms such as redness, pain, tearing, increased light sensitivity, blurry vision, discharge or swelling.
  • If you smoke, stop. Studies show that contact lens wearers who smoke have a higher rate of problems than nonsmokers.
  • Beware of using decorative lenses, such as those often sold at costume shops. These lenses have the potential to damage eyes permanently.
  • Get regular eye exams. If you wear contact lenses, you should be examined by an eye care provider annually, and more often as needed.

As with any prescription, contact lens prescriptions do expire — typically within one year. You should see your eye care professional yearly to ensure they continue to have an accurate and appropriate prescription. These regular exams are also important opportunities for reinforcing proper lens care.

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