Top 10 Tips for Caring for Your Contact Lenses

Top 10 Tips for Caring for Your Contact Lenses
  1. Do NOT wear your contact lenses to sleep - this practice increases the chance of infection by 10 times.
  2. TAKE your lenses out of your eyes at night, after washing your hands. RINSE and RUB each one in the palm of your hand with a sterile multipurpose solution or hydrogen peroxide. This removes most of the microbes and particulate matter on your lens after wearing them so allowing the disinfectant to work.
  3. Place your lens in your storage case with FRESH multipurpose solution or peroxide.
  4. In the morning, REMOVE your lens from the solution in your storage case and place it in your eye (if using peroxide remember to neutralize it).
  5. THROW AWAY the solution from your storage case (NEVER reuse it ) and shake the case until it is dry or allow it to air dry (a paper tissue may be needed to wipe it dry).
  6. Leave the storage case DRY all day. This kills many contaminating bacteria.
  7. CHANGE the storage case every month WHEN you change your ‘disposable’ contact lenses so that a FRESH new lens is used with each NEW storage case. Wearers of non-disposable contact lenses should CHANGE their storage case every month.
  8. NEVER wash your storage case or lenses with tap water - this predisposes them to contamination which can cause infection. Only wash the lens or storage case with STERILE solutions.
  9. NEVER store your lenses in fresh saline solution or tap water!
  10. If you develop a sore red eye, STOP wearing the contact lens at once! The inflammation usually resolves itself but if pain persists for more than 24 hours, visit a doctor or eye-care professional and advise them that you have been wearing a contact lens. TAKE your lens, storage case and cleaning solution with you - it will HELP them establish what has happened. CAREFULLY follow the instructions that you are given.

If you have any of the following:

  • an eye disease
  • a dry eye
  • are using regular drugs for your eyes
  • diabetes
  • suffer from repeated infections
  • are aged under 15 or over 65

You must discuss your suitability for wearing contact lenses with your optician, optometrist or eye care doctor.