The symptoms can be minor, so you might not even realize they’re being caused by the shower. However, most issues can be treated simply by following instructions—like removing your contact lenses before showering, swimming and other water-related activities.
“The long-term effects of showering with contacts range from blurry vision, ocular dryness, discomfort, burning, tearing, redness, even possible infection,” Dr. Berman explained. “The good news, however, is that all of these risks can be greatly reduced by first washing your hands (we should be experts at this by now), taking your lenses out and, using a recommended contact lens multipurpose solution, gently rubbing, rinsing and storing them to maintain their hydration and minimizing contamination when showering. Taking the short time to do these steps will help maintain your successful contact lens experience!”
Guess we’ll be adding “remove contact lenses before shower” to our daily to-do list.