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What to Do with Frozen Contact Lenses

Dealing with frozen contact lenses due to the frigid temperatures across Canada? If your contact lenses have become frozen, it's important to take the following steps to ensure they are safe to wear:

  1. Thaw the lenses: Allow the frozen contact lenses to thaw at room temperature for a few hours or overnight. Do not attempt to thaw the lenses by using heat or placing them in hot water as this can damage the lenses.

  2. Clean the lenses: Once the lenses have thawed, clean them with a contact lens solution to remove any debris or bacteria that may have accumulated on the lenses while they were frozen.

  3. Inspect the lenses: Before wearing the lenses, inspect them carefully for any signs of damage or tears. If the lenses are damaged, do not wear them, as this can cause further damage to your eyes.

  4. Store the lenses properly: After cleaning and inspecting the lenses, store them in a clean, dry contact lens case. Make sure the case is completely dry before placing the lenses in it, and avoid using tap water to rinse or soak the lenses as this can introduce bacteria to the case.

  5. Check with your eye doctor: If you have any concerns about the condition of your frozen contact lenses, contact your eye doctor for advice. They may recommend replacing the lenses to ensure your eyes remain healthy and safe.

In general, it's important to avoid exposing your contact lenses to extreme temperatures, including freezing temperatures, as this can damage the lenses and compromise your eye health. 

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