Contact Lens Hygiene
Good Contact Lens Hygiene
- Always wash your hands in hand wash if possible before handling your lens. Soap should be fine – but do you know what the last person to use it did with it? We advise anti-bacterial wash.
- DON’T LEAVE YOUR CONTACT LENSES IN WATER. ANY KIND OF WATER.
- Avoid contact with water while wearing your lenses e.g. showers, swimming pools. Water can harbour bacteria which can cause serious eye infection.
- Throw away and replace your contact lens case at least every 3 months.
- Keep your contact lens case clean. Rinse out between usage and air dry.
- Check contact lens expiry dates. Do not handle the bottle tips and make sure the bottles are properly sealed after use.
- Never share lens cases.
- Never “top up” solutions – always pour away old solutions, rinse and add new solutions. Never re-use old solution.
- If possible, get some lint free tissues to dry your hands with. Normal towels and tissues leave small traces of fibre on your hands which can cause severe discomfort if transferred to the contact lens surface.
- Never take your contact lenses beyond their prescribed use period.
- Don’t sleep in your contact lenses – don’t even nap in them.
- Take great care with make-up (ideally using lid care wipes to remove your make-up)
- Do not use saliva or put lenses in your mouth to rewet.
- Remove your lenses immediately if your eyes become red or irritated.
- Certain medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, diurectics, muscle relaxants, tranquillisers and treatments for travel sickness may cause dryness of the eye, increased lens awareness or blurred vision. If you experience a problem, you should seek proper medical advice.