How long can you keep contacts in solution?

How long can you keep contacts in solution?

Whether you’re new to contact lenses or have been wearing them for years, you've probably wondered, “How long can I keep my contacts in solution?”

Here’s the answer to that question and a lot more good information about the proper care of your contacts in lens solution. 

Depending on the suggested replacement schedule (or wear cycle) of your contacts, you may keep them in contact solution in a tightly closed contact lens case for up to 30 days. However, storing your contacts in solution won't extend that wear cycle.

For instance, if you open a pair of monthly contacts but only wear them for two weeks (wearing glasses and keeping them in storage for the other two), it's best for your eye health to throw them out and start with a new pair.

Before putting contacts you've stored in your eyes, clean and disinfect them with fresh contact solution. If you feel any unusual irritation, it's best to throw the old contacts away and start with a new pair.

That’s the general rule — some eye doctors and manufacturers of contact solution and lenses may have different guidelines. Talk to your doctor and check the patient instruction booklet that came with your contact lenses and contact solution to find out what they recommend.

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