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When you think about contact lenses, you probably don’t think about wearing a bowl of water on your head. Strangely enough, that’s how the concept of contact lenses began. In 1508, Italian inventor, architect, and mathematician Leonardo da Vinci hypothesized that by submerging your head in a bowl of water you could alter your vision. Although contact lenses weren’t...

You should never use water instead of lens solution.
Whether your contact lens solution bottle is empty or you’re looking for an alternative to expensive solutions, you should never use water in lieu of contact lens solution. Plain tap water may seem like a safe alternative to contact lens solution, but it can actually be a dangerous choice. Tap water contains microorganisms, some of which can cause serious...

Proper contact lens care is essential for ocular health.
Walk down the contact lens care aisle of most drugstores, and you’ll find a confusing selection of products. Though intimidating, it’s important to understand the essentials of contact lens care: caring for your contact lenses improperly can lead to eye irritation and infections, some of which can even cause blindness. The single best way to avoid eye irritation and...

There are a few ways you can tell if your contacts are inside out.
If you’re new to the world of contact lenses, you’re probably concerned about accidentally turning your contact lenses inside out. Since contact lenses are extremely thin and very pliable, even experienced contact lens wearers can have trouble determining whether their contact lenses are inside out. While pain and discomfort upon insertion are tell-tale signs of a contact lens being...

Improper contact lens care sends thousands to the emergency room each year.
While contact lenses are a convenient alternative to glasses, they can also present serious health problems if used improperly. In a first-of-its-kind study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that United States’ residents make nearly a million visits to the doctor for eye infections each year. The study analyzed three national databases of outpatient care centers...

From summer through winter, don't forget to care for your contact lenses.
Whether it’s dealing with dry eyes in the winter or preventing too much sun exposure in the summer, caring for your eyes and contact lenses is a year-round task that varies from season to season. With each new season comes new and different reasons to protect your eyes; here’s some ways you can protect your eyes and contact lenses...

Evaluating your eyesight is just one part of a contact lens fitting.
Whether you’ve never worn contacts before or are ready for a new prescription, a contact lens fitting is essential. Not only do contact lens eye exams include special tests that aren’t typically performed during routine exams for eyeglasses, but you can’t purchase contact lenses online or in-store without a valid (and current) contact lens prescription. When making an appointment...

Inserting and removing contact lenses properly is essential for eye health.
Handling contact lenses for the first time can be a daunting task – they’re fragile, susceptible to damage and contamination, and can cause discomfort and irritation if improperly inserted. Luckily, practice makes perfect and eventually you won’t think twice about inserting and removing contact lenses. Always wash and dry your hands with mild soap and a lint-free towel before...

If your child meets this criteria, they could be ready for contact lenses.
Whether your daughter hates the way she looks in glasses or your son is tired of the way they interfere with after-school sports activities, eventually your child may ask about switching from glasses to contact lenses. As a parent, this can be a heavy subject – contact lenses can be expensive and come with a new set of responsibilities...

Paying attention to your contact lens expiration can help prevent eye irritation and infections.
As with over-the-counter drugs and prescription medication, contact lenses have an expiration date—usually one to three years from the date the lenses were manufactured. If you wear contact lenses, it’s important to discard lenses and contact lens solution as soon as they expire since the incorrect care of lenses and solutions can increase the risk of eye infections, corneal...

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There are a few ways you can tell if your contacts are inside out.

If you’re new to the world of contact lenses, you’re probably concerned about accidentally turning your contact lenses inside out. Since contact lenses are...