- Keeping Eyes Safe—Podcast: Care for Your Contacts
When cared for properly, contact lenses can provide a comfortable and convenient way to work, play, and live for the 30 million people in the U.S. who wear them. The benefits of contacts can be best enjoyed by remembering that they are medical devices that require special care and attention. Failure to wear, clean, and store lenses as directed can increase the risk of eye infections such as microbial keratitis. These infections can cause discomfort and pain, with symptoms like red eyes, blurred vision, tearing, the sensation of having something in the eye, light sensitivity, and in extreme cases, even blindness. Follow these contact lens use, cleaning, disinfection, storage, and hygiene tips for healthy eyes.