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Important Tips for Wearing Contact Lenses

Recently, a 67-year-old woman was experiencing an uncomfortable sensation in her eyes. As the doctors prepared for a routine cataract surgery, they discovered the source of her discomfort: 27 contact lenses held together by mucus. The doctors were shocked to discover the mass, and amazed by the patient’s composure during the ordeal. While it isn’t common to discover a mass of contact lenses in one’s eye, the news serves as a friendly reminder to practice safe and hygienic eye care at all times.

Wash Your Hands

In order to practice safe and hygienic contact lens care, wash your hands before every application. Avoid oily soaps or products containing moisturizing lotions as they can stick to the lens surface. Remember to wash your hands before removing your contact lenses, as well. Some doctors recommend keeping your fingernails short, in order to prevent contact with bacteria or corneal scratching.

Clean Your Lenses

After each use, rinse and disinfect your contact lenses with fresh solution. Avoid using saliva, tap water, or any other substance to clean or lubricate the lenses. Consult your eye doctor for the best possible cleaning solution.

Watch for Changes

If you’re experiencing discomfort, red eyes, or a negative change in vision remove your contacts immediately and consult your eye doctor. Do not wait for the problem to go away on its own. Use your corrective glasses until the problem is corrected.

Remove Lenses Before Swimming

Before taking a dip this summer, remove your contact lenses first. Whether you’re swimming in a local river or your private pool, the waters are filled with microbes that can become trapped behind your contact lenses, leading to infection. Avoid the possibility altogether by removing lenses.


Here at the Catonsville Eye Group, providing the best patient care is our #1 priority. The professionalism of our doctors coupled with our capable and caring staff, state of the art technology, and extensive frame and lens options are what have made Catonsville Eye Group the first choice for families in our community.  We strive to provide the best possible professional care at fair and reasonable prices to our patients in the most courteous way possible!

If you would like to schedule an appointment, order contact lenses, or ask questions about our services at Catonsville Eye Group, please call our office at (410) 747-1221 or email us by clicking this link. We will respond to your request within 24 hours.

We’re located at the heart of the Music City at 611 Frederick Rd., Suite 101. Drop on by, or schedule an appointment today. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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