How to wear contact lenses at Burning Man

See Clearly: Surviving Burning Man With Contact Lenses

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For those who don't want to be separated from their contact lenses, Burning Man presents a dusty challenge. The alkaline playa dust can wreak havoc if it gets trapped under your contacts. However, with some preparation and protocol, it's possible to keep seeing clearly all week long. Here's how some burners manage successful contact lens wear:

The Supplies

  • 20+ pairs of daily disposable contacts
  • Sandwich sized re-sealable bags
  • Box of latex gloves
  • 7-10 thin washcloths
  • Re-wetting eye drops
  • Baby wipes
  • Small mirror

Pre-Playa Preparation

  • Place one pair of contacts and two latex gloves in individual re-sealable bags
  • Similarly bag each washcloth individually

On-Playa Routine

  1. Set up a mirror station somewhere you can leave it untouched
  2. Use a baby wipe to clean your hands roughly
  3. Remove a fresh washcloth from its bag and wet it with clean water (add soap if desired)
  4. Use the damp washcloth to thoroughly wash your hands
  5. Open a contact lens/glove bag, put on the gloves, and insert new contacts

With this system, you minimize contact between the lenses and playa particles. The gloves prevent transfer of any lingering dust. Have a routine spot for this to avoid contaminating surfaces.

Daytime Playa Tips

  • Use re-wetting drops as needed until night (these are included in our Self Care Pack, here: https://theplayastore.com/products/burning-man-self-care-pack)
  • Always put on fresh contacts before leaving camp each day
  • Consider goggles for exceptionally dusty conditions

Maintaining this discipline may seem extreme, but it allows contact lens wearers to have clear vision without the discomfort of playa-dust irritation. With preparation and care, you can experience Burning Man's desert beauty unblurred!

 

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