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How to Avoid Red Eyes From Wearing Contact Lenses

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Avoid Red Eyes From Wearing Contact Lenses

Eye health very important and special care sould be taken when using contact lenses. Unhygienic habits when when handling your contact lenses can result in eye infections and can lead to vision problems or can even cause cause injuries to your eyes. If your contact lenses are irritating or bothering you, you'll want to read this OneHowTo article because we have some tips on how to avoid red eyes from wearing contact lenses.

Steps to follow:


Our first tip is if you have red eyes, to take your lenses out for the rest of the day or at least for 1 to 2 hours so that your eyes have a chance to rest.


Each time you put in your lenses in or remove your lenses, you should follow the appropriate hygiene procedure to guarantee the health of your eyes. Among them, and perhaps most important, is that you wash your hands well before and after handling your lenses. It sounds easy enough to remember but you would be surprised at how complacent we can sometimes be with basic hygiene measures when we're distracted or in a rush.

How to Avoid Red Eyes From Wearing Contact Lenses - Step 2

Do not wear your lenses too often. Normal lenses should be worn for no longer than 8 hours. When it comes to hydrogel lenses, they are made with a material that is suitable to be worn for a longer period of time, however they still should not be worn for more than 10 hours continuously.

Do not use contact lenses longer than the recommended time: whether they are daily and fortnightly or monthly, it is advisable that you respect the specified timescale.


Do you have the proper prescription? If you haven't had your eyes checked in the last few years, or if you can't even remember when your last eye check was there's a strong chance that your vision has changed since your last test and you may need a stronger prescription.

Schedule an eye test with your optometrist to check you're wearing the right strength lenses - straining your vision will negatively affect our eyes.


If the contact lenses are damaged, replace them with new ones or glasses. The damage may measure only a few millimetres in size. Even if your eyes are only slightly irritated from wearing them, discard of them immediately.


Clean the lenses with solution - there may be something stuck in the lense, such as a speck of dust, which is causing the irritation. We recommend reading our article called How to store contact lenses if I don't have liquid, usefulif you ever find yourself in this situation.


If the problem is to do with lubrication, some artificial tears or eye drops should do the trick. Dont rub your eyes as it will only prolong the irritation.

Avoid staring at screens, using a computer or reading with lenses because they dry out the eyes even more so than usual as the eyes are glued to the same spot.

One more tip is to avoid using poorly ventilated spaces, especially if there is smoke, e.g. from a cigarette.

And lastly, if your problem persists, the best course of action is to consult an ophthalmologist!

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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