According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people in the U.S. wear contact lenses. Contact Lens Health Week (August 24th-28th) was established to increase awareness about the importance of proper contact lens hygiene and encourage contact wearers to adopt healthy habits to avoid eye infections. These types of infections can lead to blindness which most commonly occurs in contact users. We emphasize contact users to work on these healthy habits everyday, but this week is a helpful reminder to:
- Practice healthy contact lens hygiene habits
- Wash and dry your hands before touching your contacts.
- Don’t sleep in your contacts (unless your eye doctor approves).
- Avoid wearing contacts while showering, swimming, or using a hot tub.
- Practice proper use, care, and storage of contact lenses and supplies
- Rub and rinse your contacts with solution each time you clean.
- Only use fresh disinfecting solution- don’t mix new with old.
- Never store your contacts in water.
- Get a new case at least every three months.
- Attend regular visits to an eye care provider
- Visit your eye doctor once a year-or more often if needed.
- Ask questions about how to care for your lenses and case.
If you have questions about contact eye health call 404-778-2020.
If you’re thinking about tossing those contacts for options in LASIK, contact 404-778-2SEE.
About the Author
Ann M. Van Wie, OD, FAAO, is an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology within Emory University’s School of Medicine. She serves in the Vision & Optical Services within the Comprehensive Ophthalmology section at the Emory Eye Center.
Dr. Van Wie received her doctorate from the Illinois College of Optometry. She completed her residency in Atlanta, then served as staff optometrist and chief operating officer at the Northwest Eye Clinic in Minneapolis. Dr. Van Wie returned to Atlanta to join the Emory Eye Center in 2000.
Dr. Van Wie provides comprehensive eye exams, prescribes glasses and contact lenses at both The Emory Clinic, Building B on the main campus and at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital Campus. She also provides follow-up for those having refractive surgery (Emory Vision) at the Perimeter location.
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