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.
- 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.