Do’s and Don’ts of contact lens wear:

Do’s and Don’ts of contact lens wear:

Here are some useful tips to help you get the best out of your lenses:

DO

  • Have regular check-ups as advised by our Optometrists
  • Wash and dry your hands prior to handling your lenses
  • Rub, rinse and store your lenses in the recommended solution before and after each use (except single-use lenses, which should be discarded after each wear)
  • Clean the lens case with solution, wipe with a clean tissue then air-dry after each use
  • Always apply the right lens first to avoid mixing them up
  • Check the lens is not inside out before applying
  • Handle carefully to avoid damaging the lens
  • Apply your lenses before putting on make-up
  • Remove lenses then remove make-up
  • Keep your eyes closed when using hairspray or other aerosols
  • Replace your lens case at least monthly
  • Discard lenses and solutions that are past their expiry date
  • Wear only the lenses specified by our Optometrists
  • Stick strictly to the recommended wearing schedule and replacement frequency
  • Make sure you have an adequate supply of replacement lenses or a spare pair
  • Have an up-to-date pair of spectacles for when you need to remove your lenses

DON’T

  • Use tap water, or any other water, on your lenses or lens case
  • Wet your lenses with saliva
  • Put a lens on the eye if it falls on the floor or other surface, without cleaning and storing again
  • Apply a lens if it is dirty, dusty or damaged
  • Continue to wear your lenses if your eyes don’t feel good, look good, or see well
  • Re-use or top up solution – discard and replace with fresh solution each time lenses are stored
  • Decant solution into smaller containers
  • Wear lenses left in the case for more than seven days without cleaning and storing them in fresh solution
  • Sleep in your lenses unless specifically advised to by your practitioner
  • Wear any lens overnight if you are unwell
  • 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
  • Switch the solution you use except on the advice of your practitioner
  • Use any eye drops without advice from your contact lens practitioner
  • Share contact lenses or wear any lenses not specified by your practitioner

Remember that if you have any questions about your contact lenses you should consult our Opticians for advice. Go to www.bcla.org.uk for more information on contact lenses.