American Optometric Association – Contact Lens & Cornea Section – Phone 800-365-2219 ext.4137
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CONTACT LENS HYGIENE & COMPLIANCE
Contact lenses are among the safest forms of vision correction when patients follow the proper
care and wearing instructions provided by their eye doctor. However, when patients do not use
lenses as directed, the consequences may be dangerous. In fact, Americans could be
damaging their eyes by not using proper hygiene in caring for their lenses.
Contact lenses and the solutions used with them are medical devices and are regulated by the
Food and Drug Administration, therefore, it is extremely important that patients maintain regular
appointments to ensure they are receiving clinical guidance from their eye doctor based on
individual eye health needs.
Clean and safe handling of contact lenses is one of the most important measures Americans
can take to protect their sight. Exercising optimal care and hygiene with contact lenses can
keep the eyes healthy.
Recommendations for Contact Lens Wearers from the American Optometric Association
1. Always wash your hands before handling contact lenses.
2. Carefully and regularly clean contact lenses, as directed by your eye doctor. Rub the
contact lenses with fingers and rinse thoroughly before soaking lenses overnight in
sufficient multi-purpose solution to completely cover the lens.
3. Store 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
4. Use only products recommended by your eye doctor to clean and disinfect your
lenses. Saline solution and rewetting drops are not designed to disinfect lenses.
5. 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