It’s happened to all of us. You’re about to start your day with a new pair of contact lenses when suddenly one of them rips. It can be a nuisance if you’re out and about when it happens, leaving you half blind for the rest of the day or reaching for your prescription eyeglasses. The good news is that contact tears are pretty easy to avoid.

Keep your eyes moist

When your eyes dry out, contact lenses are likely to stick to them. If you remove contacts while your eyes are dry, they are more likely to rip or tear. Keep rewetting drops or eye drops on hand to make removal easier.

Similarly, be generous with the amount of solution you soak your lenses in. If the lenses dry out, they will be more susceptible to damage.

Don’t rub your eyes

You should avoid rubbing your eyes for many reasons. If you wear contact lenses, you should be even more careful. Not only will rubbing at your lenses displace them and blur your vision, but it can also easily tear your lenses while they’re still in your eye. A torn contact lens that’s still in your eye might cause discomfort or even permanent damage.

Never use nails

Your fingernails can easily tear or rip contact lenses. When you handle your lenses, always use the pads of your fingers. Never pinch your lens between your nails, especially to remove the lens from your eye. Doing so can not only damage your lens but also the surface of your eye.

Pick the perfect lens

You’ve probably heard of soft and hard contacts, but the diversity of lenses doesn’t stop there. There are many different kinds of contact lenses available. Some lenses are stiffer than others. Those which are more malleable require more manipulation before and after use. This can put your lenses at a higher risk of tearing. So if you feel you’ve just been ripping lens after lens, consider trying a brand with a higher modulus.

Keep backup lenses

Never wear a ripped contact lens. They won’t provide you with good vision and they could damage your eyes. Stay on the safe side and throw out lenses that look or feel damaged. It’s a good idea to always have a supply of backup lenses so you’re never left having to decide between a torn lens and blurry vision. With an accurate prescription, you can order contact lenses online from as well as cheap prescription glasses and sunglasses.