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How to Save Dry Contacts: 3 Contact-Lens FAQs
contacts-caseQ. If my contacts dry out in the case, can I rehydrate them and wear them again?
A.
You should be OK unless there’s dirt or dust in the case that’s dried onto the lenses. To be safe, rehydrate them and put them through the full cleaning cycle that the manufacturer recommends for that lens. Should you experience any discomfort, decreased vision or significant redness, contact your eye doctor immediately.

Hamill

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Q. Why can’t I use artificial tears with my contacts?
A.
Some solutions contain certain preservatives the lenses might absorb, resulting in a toxic reaction. Others may be too thick and cause blurriness if they build up on the lens. If you have dry eye, there are similar products for lens wearers that are safe to use.
Sclafani

Q. Can wearing contacts damage my eyes?
A.
Yes, if they’re dirty, contaminated or not fitted properly. Be sure to follow proper handling instructions to avoid getting an eye infection, and if you have red or painful eyes, or if your contact lenses aren’t comfortable, contact your eye doctor.
Hamill


THE EXPERTS

M. Bowes Hamill, M.D., associate professor of ophthalmology, Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas; ophthalmologist, Baylor Eye Center; spokesman, American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Louise A. Sclafani, O.D., F.A.A.O., associate professor of ophthalmology, University of Chicago; chair-elect, Contact Lens and Cornea Section of the American Optometric Association; team eye doctor, Chicago Blackhawks hockey team.


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Last updated and/or approved: February 2011.
Original article appeared in an issue of the former print magazine. Bios current as of that issue. This general health-care information is not meant as individual advice. Please see our disclaimer.
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written by boydgarth , April 02, 2013

i recently had an eye doctor chicago tell me that i needed glasses, and i didnt feel like i did need them, haha but was i wrong, when i picked them up i could see so clearly, like looking at trees was awesome cause before they were a bit blurry
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