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Contact Lenses (cont.)

Questions and Answers for Common Questions About Contact Lenses

  • Should I have a backup pair of glasses?
    • Yes.
  • How often should I remove my contact lenses?
    • Every night...
  • How long can I wear my contact lenses at one time?
    • It depends on the individual, but 10-12 hours is usually tolerable.
  • How do I care for my contact lenses?
    • See below.
  • How often should I exchange my contact lenses for a new pair?
    • See below.
  • How often should I have my eyes examined?
    • At least once a year...
  • How often should I change my contact-lens case?
    • At least every three months...
  • What should do I do in case of questions or problems?
    • See below.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/1/2016
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