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Is it safe to reuse contact lens solution — and should you wear your lenses in the shower? Here are the answers to some common questions about contacts, and a few tips to keep your eyes in good shape.

By Katherine Lee
Medically Reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH

Millions of people wear contact lenses as a convenient way to correct their vision. But all contact lens wearers must be vigilant about one thing — contact lens safety.

“Contact lenses are one of the safest medical devices when worn responsibly,” says Thomas L. Steinemann, MD, a professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. While contact lens use is safe, not caring for contact lenses properly or failing to follow contact lens safety rules can lead to serious problems. “Contact lenses can be a potential point for infection,” says Dr. Steinemann. “No matter how careful you are, germs are on our hands, eyelids, everywhere. When germs such as bacteria and fungi are on the contact lens, they can invade the eye.”

8 Important Precautions for all Contact Lens Wearers

If you wear contact lenses, here’s what you should know:

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Some people should not use contact lenses for vision correction. They include:


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