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Contact lenses bugging you?

Your cleaning regimen could be the culprit. Lenses that are covered with mucky deposits or left in your eyes too long could irritate the cornea, leading to itching, infection -- even, in rare cases, blindness. Try doing these:

  1. Cook the case: Boil for 5 minutes every month to kill bacteria; air-dry.
  2. Don't mix it up: Use one type of cleaner for each pair. Chemicals can get stuck inside soft lenses, and competing brands could cross-react and irritate your eyes.
  3. No swapping: Resist the urge to borrow your buddy's novelty lenses for the big game -- or you may end up sharing more than team spirit.
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