Tips for contact
Once a day ask yourself three simple questions:
How do my lenses/eyes feel? How well can I see? How do my eyes look?
If you’re unhappy with the answer to any of these questions contact us as soon as possible.
And finally, always remember the golden rule: if in doubt, take them out.
Cleaning contact lenses
It’s important to clean and take care of your lenses, so that the risk of eye infections is kept to a minimum. If you wear reusable lenses, you’ll need to stick to a cleaning routine to make sure your eyes stay in tip-top condition.
- After taking out your lenses, rub them gently with a few drops of solution for about 20 seconds.
- To store your lenses, place them carefully in your contact lens case. The case should be clean and filled with fresh solution.
- If you’re unsure about the best way to keep your lenses and case clean, check the instructions on your solution to make sure you’re doing everything exactly as you should.
- Don’t forget: never use tap water to clean your lenses or contact lens case as this can lead to eye infections.
Some handy tips to remember when cleaning your lenses:
Make sure you keep your case clean. Clean and rinse your case each week with your contact lens disinfecting solution. Never use tap water.
Replace your lens case at the regular intervals advised by your optician or as specified in your solution instruction leaflet.
Always keep the caps on your solution bottles.
Always store your lenses in fresh solution.
Dispose of your solution bottles as advised in the instructions for use. If you have any more questions about cleaning your contact lenses, get in touch with your optician.
If you drop a daily disposable contact lens on the floor – just bin it and start again with a fresh lens. Twice monthly or monthly disposable lenses should go through a complete cleaning cycle – as if you’re cleaning them at the end of the day – before you can wear them again.
You should never wear a torn or a damaged contact lens as they can damage the surface of your eye, and increase the risk of you getting an eye infection. Just dispose of the damaged lens and get a new one. Contact your store if you need a replacement lens.
It might be tempting to just give your contact lens a rinse in water, but it’s very important that you only clean your lenses with solutions and never use water.
Water (including tap water) often contains microorganisms that can bind to the surface of a contact lens and could potentially cause a serious eye infection.
If your contact lens case breaks, don’t use it. Get in touch with your local store for advice. We’d recommend that you replace your contact lens case regularly to avoid these instances.
Tips for comfortable wearing
- Check that the prescription on the lens packaging is correct
- Check your contact lens solution instructions before use
- Wash and dry your hands before handling your lenses or touching your eye
- Insert your lenses before applying eye make-up
- Return for all the aftercare visits recommended by your optician
- Contact us if you have any concerns or queries, however trivial they may seem
- Stop wearing your lenses if your eyes become red or sore – contact us for advice
- Throw away your lenses after the recommended period
- Clean your lens case regularly and allow it to air dry
- Replace your lens case regularly
- Replace the tops of solution bottles after use
- Use fresh solution to store your lenses
- Dispose of solution bottles after the recommended period
- Wear your lenses longer than advised
- Ignore problems or discomfort with your lenses
- Hesitate to contact us if you have a problem
- Handle your lenses with sharp nails as they can easily tear
- Use tap water to store, clean or rinse your contact lenses or case
- Use your lenses for swimming, hot tubs or water sports, unless wearing goggles
- Wear your lenses when showering unless you keep your eyes firmly closed
- Lick your lenses
- Sleep in your lenses (unless advised by your optician, as this can increase the risk of infection)
- Wear your lenses if you are using eye drops prescribed by your doctor
- Change your cleaning regime without contacting us for professional advice
- Reuse the solutions of saline in your lens case
Eyes don’t feel quite right?
If you’re concerned about any symptoms you experience, you’ll find information and advice about eye conditions and symptoms on our Eye Health section. But if you’re ever really worried, come and see us in store.