Is It Safe To Wear Contact Lenses While Cooking?

Do you cook your own meals at home? Maybe you’re a chef or professional cook. Cooking at home has certainly gained in popularity in 2020 and into 2021, and the trend is likely here to stay. Have you ever wondered if it’s safe to wear contact lenses while cooking? 

In this post, we discuss the facts behind wearing contact lenses in the kitchen and provide you with a definitive answer regarding the safety of wearing contact lenses while cooking.

Heat and contact lenses

The most common fear that contact lens wearers have while cooking is that heat from the stove or oven will melt their contact lenses. This is simply not true. 

Your contact lenses will not reach their melting point from the heat of a stove, oven, or barbecue grill alone. It would take extreme heat to melt your contact lenses. You will suffer burns long before your contact lenses reach their melting point.

If it’s true that common heat sources can melt contact lenses, then there would be millions of cases around the world of people suffering from melted contact lenses. It would also be virtually impossible to wear contact lenses anywhere because it would be too uncomfortable for people.

Rest assured, the heat from your stove, oven, or any other cooking device is not enough to melt your contact lenses. 

Wearing contact lenses while cooking

Without contact lenses, you run the risk of cutting your hand while chopping up fruits or vegetables.

You could wear eyeglasses, but doing so also poses certain challenges. The steam that rises up from the pot or pan on your stove will fog up your glasses, making it difficult for you to see. You’d have to constantly wipe the moisture off your eyeglasses, which can be annoying when you’re cooking. Your face also tends to sweat when you cook, which can also fog up your eyeglasses.

For clear and crisp vision while cooking, your best and safest bet is to wear contact lenses.

Foggy glasses can present their own safety issues in kitchen situations.

Contact lens safety while cooking

Yes, wearing contact lenses while cooking is generally safe. However, make sure you follow strict contact lens safety practices while in the kitchen. Here are important things to remember whenever you cook with contact lenses on:

  • Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes while handling food, especially if it’s any uncooked animal product.
  • Wear the right contact lenses. ACUVUE OASYS contact lenses are designed for maximum comfort, even when you’re in a challenging environment.
  • Wash your hands after cooking and before removing your contact lenses, especially if you handled spiced food, such as chili peppers. The residue from chili peppers can latch onto your contact lenses and cause irritation or infection if you touched your eyes without washing your hands.


You don’t have to be afraid about wearing contact lenses while cooking because it’s perfectly safe. Of course, you still have to make sure that you follow strict contact lens safety protocols and wear your contact lenses as prescribed by your eye care professional.