Using Contact Lenses

The Do’s and Don’ts When Handling Your Lenses

There is always a risk of infection wearing contact lenses: If in doubt, take them out.

Contact us or seek medical advice if your eye is red or sore.

General hints

  • If your lenses feel uncomfortable, remove them.
  • If your discomfort continues after your lens removal, contact us.
  • Use clean fingertips to handle the lens, avoid using finger nails or sharp objects, keep fingernails short.
  • Once removed always clean, rinse and disinfect your lenses if they are two weekly or monthly lenses.


  • Always wash, rinse and dry your hands before touching your lenses.
  • Always check with your optician before using any medication, as some medications can cause irritation or blurred vision.
  • Always remove your lenses if you are feeling unwell, for example, if you have a cold or flu.
  • Always remove your lenses before swimming unless you are wearing goggles, or when showering.
  • Always put your lens in before applying make-up.


  • Never use tap water to rinse your lenses or contact lens case.
  • Never use saliva to clean your lenses
  • Never wear your lenses for longer than the wearing schedule prescribed, even if your lenses still feel comfortable.
  • Never sleep in contact lenses. Only high oxygen permeable contact lenses allow your eye to breathe sufficiently while sleeping, and your eye care practitioner will advise you on this.
  • Never wear your lenses under a sunbed.

Try to avoid spraying aerosols such as hairspray near the eyes when wearing lenses as this can cause discomfort.