Recommendations from The AOA

Recommendations from the AOA

Take your cues from the eye health experts.

Recommendations for Contact Lens Wearers from the American Optometric Association:

  • Always wash your hands before handling contact lenses.
  • Carefully and regularly clean contact lenses, as directed by your optometrist. Rub the contact lenses with fingers and rinse thoroughly before soaking lenses overnight in sufficient multi-purpose solution to completely cover the lens.
  • Store contact lenses in the proper lens storage case and replace the case at a minimum of every three months. Clean the case after each use, and keep it open and dry between cleanings.
  • Use only products recommended by your optometrist to clean and disinfect your lenses. Saline solution and rewetting drops are not designed to disinfect lenses.
  • Only fresh solution should be used to clean and store contact lenses. Never re-use old solution. Contact lens solution must be changed according to the manufacturer's recommendations, even if the lenses are not used daily.
  • Always follow the recommended contact lens replacement schedule prescribed by your optometrist.
  • Remove contact lenses before swimming or entering a hot tub.
  • See your optometrist for your regularly scheduled contact lens and eye examination.

For additional contact lens and eye health information visit www.aoa.org

Your eye care professional can help determine which solution is best for you. Schedule an eye exam annually and follow their directions for the best contact lens wearing experience.