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EYE CARE: Dos and don’ts of contact lens usage

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 A contact lens is a thin lens placed directly on the surface of the eye for medical, cosmetic or therapeutic reasons.
 For whichever reason they are worn, contacts, there are ways in which they can or cannot be handled.
 Wash and dry your hands before handling your lenses.
 Discard lenses and solutions that are past their expiry date.
 Remove lenses first before wiping out make-up. Always wear lenses before putting on make-up.
 Replace the contact lenses according to the schedule recommended by your optometrist.
 Store lenses in the proper lens storage case and replace your storage case on a routine basis.
 Don’t use tap water, or any other water, on your lenses or lens case.
 Don’t wet your lenses with saliva.
 Don’t put a lens on the eye if it falls on the floor or other surface without cleaning it.
 Don’t share lens with others. Sharing lens can spread bacteria and infections such as pink eye.
 Don’t sleep with your contacts on unless specifically advised to by your practitioner.
 Don’t use hand lotion prior to inserting your contact lenses; they can coat and ruin your lens.
 Don’t over wear your contact lenses. Follow the practitioner schedule.

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