Best Practices for Contact Lens Safety

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, people worldwide are looking for the most effective ways to stay healthy. Many people are reaching out to doctors for guidance and trusted advice. This includes contact lens-wearers who are apprehensive about their chosen form of vision correction during these uncertain times. Our optometrist in Arlington, VA wants you to know the best practices for contact lens safety not only during the current crisis but for every-day use.

Wearing Contact Lenses Is Safe

With proper hygiene practices, contact lens wear is still a safe form of vision correction. Although face-touching and hand contact is involved in their use, stringent hand washing is sufficient to ensure any germs remain at bay. There is no evidence supporting the notion that wearing eyeglasses is safer than contact lenses.

Wash Your Hands

We’ve heard this many times recently, but it cannot be stressed enough – washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water is the most effective way to maintain sterilization when putting in or taking out your contact lenses. Opt for an unused paper towel for drying your hands as well instead of a multi-use hand towel that may harbor germs or bacteria.

Disinfect or Dispose of Contact Lenses

If you wear daily contact lenses, make sure to dispose of them after every use. Never try to re-use them. For those who wear two-week or monthly lenses, disinfect them on a regular basis according to your doctor’s and the manufacturer’s directives.

Disinfect Eyeglasses

Because viruses and germs can remain on certain surfaces for days, if you wear eyeglasses or spectacles, it’s essential to thoroughly disinfect them regularly.

Cease Use When Sick

If you’re sick, discontinue wearing your contact lenses until you’ve recovered. This is true for any sickness as germs spread easily through touch.

Learn More About Contact Lens Safety – Contact Our Optometrist in Arlington, VA Today!

For more advice on safe contact lens use, give our optometrist a call at any of the numbers below. To schedule your Visual Health Eye Exam, contact us today or click here to use our convenient online form.

Fairfax: 703-273-6323   
Arlington: 703-566-1856 
Springfield: 703-971-2021 
Woodbridge: 703-680-7850  
Ashburn: 571-291-3604

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If you want to learn more about our optometrist practice - where we offer the area's most convenient hours, where we offer a variety of generous payment options, and where your and your child's healthy vision is our top priority - Visual Health Doctors of Optometry is here to serve you!

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Outstanding - not only is the standard service for eye exams, contact lenses etc better than at many places I've been, the doctor also spotted what turned out to be a serious neurological condition - thanks to her I got to a specialist very quickly! Plus which the staff are all so friendly and helpful, it's really a pleasure to go there.- Clare G. best-ashburn-arlington-woodbrifge-fairfax-springfield-vienna-va-optometry
I had an eye examination for contact lenses done there and ordered several months supply of contacts and the the experience was well worth it. The doctor was very knowledgeable and the examination was thorough. The staff was very professional and helpful and I would not hesitate to return for my eye care needs.- MJ W.best-ashburn-arlington-woodbrifge-fairfax-springfield-vienna-va-optometry
I went in for a contact lens exam. The optometrist was great. Very knowledgeable. Took the time to educate me on visual acuity. Was a great resource from a Physician's standpoint. I was leaving for a trip to Costa Rica the following day and was give 10 days worth of contact lens to try. Will return next week to let him know things worked out well and will try another brand of lens!- Naheed M. best-ashburn-arlington-woodbrifge-fairfax-springfield-vienna-va-optometry
Excellent and attentive! I waited for all of five minutes after showing up early to my appointment, and everyone who worked there gave very thorough and detailed explanations of what tests were happening, why, and what the costs were. I've never had such a positive experience at an eye provider. I would highly recommend them!- Melanie F. best-ashburn-arlington-woodbrifge-fairfax-springfield-vienna-va-optometry
"Excellent doctor's office. Everyone is polite and whether you're speaking with the doctor or selecting new frames, you can take your time and they will help you make the best decision for you. They do not try to sell you expensive items you don't need - which happened to me at one of the chain optometrists in the area. Definitely recommend."- Brookes C. best-ashburn-arlington-woodbrifge-fairfax-springfield-vienna-va-optometry
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