Yes, colored contacts are safe — but they can become unsafe if you don’t follow the direction of your eyecare professional or hygene guidelines from the manufacturer. You also need to remember that any type of contacts can pose a risk under the right conditions. According to the FDA all types of contact lenses can potentially cause harm, and these risks can be prevented by following good contact lens safety practices.
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Reduce Risks From Contacts By:
- Refer to your lens instructions for specifics regarding your lenses
- Always wash your hands before you handle your contact lenses
- Always wash your lens case before you put your contacts away
- Replace the liquid solution in your lens-case every time you wear your lenses
- Do Not continue wearing your lenses past the expiration date
- Remove your lenses if you experience any pain or discomfort, don’t wait. Leaving your lenses in your eyes during pain or discomfort can increase the chance of harm.
- NEVER USE WATER. It may sound strange, but using water on your contact lenses, or to store your contact lenses is extremely dangerous, no matter what kind of water it is. All water contains bacteria, this bacteria is normally okay to drink but it’s not ok to have on your eyes. Always use the appropriate contact lens solution, never anything else. Even if you drop your lenses and you want to rinse them off, don’t use water.
Some do’s and don’ts:
- Always wash your hands before handling contact lenses to reduce the chance of getting an infection.
- Remove the lenses immediately and consult your eye care professional if your eyes become red, irritated, or your vision changes.
- Always follow the directions of your eye care professional and all labeling instruction for proper use of contact lenses and lens care products.
- Use contact lens products and solutions recommended by your eye care professional.
- Rub and rinse your contact lenses as directed by your eye care professional.
- Clean and disinfect your lenses properly following all labeling instructions provided with your lens care products.
- Clean, rinse, and air dry your lens case each time lenses are removed. You may want to flip over your lens case while air drying so that excess solution can drain out of the case. Contact lens cases can be a source of bacterial growth.
- Replace your contact lens storage case every 3-6 months.
- Don’t use contact lens solutions that have gone beyond the expiration or discard date.
- Don’t “top-off” the solutions in your case. Always discard all of the leftover contact lens solution after each use. Never reuse any lens solution.
- Don’t expose your contact lenses to any water: tap, bottled, distilled, lake, or ocean water. Never use non-sterile water (distilled water, tap water, or any homemade saline solution). Exposure of contact lenses to water has been associated with Acanthamoeba keratitis, a corneal infection that is resistant to treatment and cure.
- Do not swim with your lenses on
- Don’t put your lenses in your mouth to wet them. Saliva is not a sterile solution.
- Don’t transfer contact lens solutions into smaller travel size containers. This can affect the sterility of the solution which can lead to an eye infection. Transferring solutions into smaller size containers may also leave consumers open to accidentally using a solution that is not intended for the eyes.
- Do not sleep with your lenses on