The Vital Link Between Hand Hygiene and Eye Health: A Guide for Contact Lens Wearers

We believe that understanding the connection between hand hygiene and eye health is essential for all our patients

In today's fast-paced world, maintaining good hand hygiene is more important than ever. Not only does it help prevent the spread of germs and diseases, but it also plays a crucial role in preserving our eye health, especially for contact lens wearers. At Vision Corner Optometrists, we believe that understanding the connection between hand hygiene and eye health is essential for all our patients. In this blog, we'll explore why clean hands are paramount for contact lens wearers and provide some practical tips for maintaining proper hand hygiene.


Why Hand Hygiene Matters for Contact Lens Wearers

For contact lens wearers, proper hand hygiene is non-negotiable. When handling contact lenses, whether inserting, removing, or cleaning them, any bacteria or viruses present on your hands can easily transfer to the lenses and, ultimately, to your eyes. This can lead to eye infections, irritations, and other complications that can jeopardize your vision and overall eye health.


Tips for Maintaining Proper Hand Hygiene

  1. Wash Your Hands Thoroughly: Before handling your contact lenses, always wash your hands with soap and water. Be sure to scrub all surfaces of your hands, including between your fingers and under your nails, for at least 20 seconds. Rinse well and dry your hands with a clean towel or air dryer.

  2. Avoid Moisturizing Soaps: While moisturizing soaps are excellent for keeping your skin soft and hydrated, they can leave a residue on your hands that can transfer to your contact lenses. Opt for mild, fragrance-free soaps instead.

  3. Use Hand Sanitizer When Soap and Water Aren't Available: When you're on the go and unable to wash your hands with soap and water, carry a travel-sized bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you. Look for one that contains at least 60% alcohol and rub it thoroughly over your hands until they're dry.

  4. Handle Contact Lenses Carefully: When inserting or removing your contact lenses, be gentle and avoid touching them with your fingernails. Always handle your lenses over a clean surface to minimize the risk of contamination.

  5. Replace Your Contact Lens Case Regularly: Your contact lens case can harbor bacteria and other microorganisms if not cleaned and replaced regularly. Replace your case every three months or as recommended by your eye care professional.



At Vision Corner Optometrists, we're committed to helping our patients maintain excellent eye health, and proper hand hygiene is a fundamental part of that. By following these simple tips for maintaining clean hands, contact lens wearers can reduce their risk of eye infections and enjoy clear, comfortable vision every day. If you have any questions about hand hygiene or contact lens care, don't hesitate to contact our team. Remember, clean hands lead to healthy eyes!