June 16, 2009

FDA urges improved contact lens safety

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding consumers of the importance of following proper contact lens cleaning and storing procedures.

The FDA said people who do not follow instructions for contact lens care and use might increase their risk of serious eye infections that can lead to blindness.

The federal agency said it has developed a video on contact lens safety that stresses the importance of emptying the solution from the contact lens case after each use and using the rub-and-rinse method for added effectiveness.

Other important lens care tips from the FDA include:

-- Do not top off or reuse lens cleaning solution.

-- Use a contact lens solution to clean, rinse, and then air dry contact lens cases after each use.

-- Do not expose contact lenses or lens storage cases to any type of water or other non-sterile solutions.

The video on contact lens safety is available at http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/videos/cdrh/contactlens.wmv.