At VisionDirect.co.uk our optician Benjamin has put together a list of helpful do’s and don’ts that everyone should know when it comes to wearing contact lenses. This guide is great for anyone that’s new to wearing contact lenses; it’s also a helpful reminder to any seasoned contact lens wearer of best practise.
DO remove your lenses and consult your practitioner if any eye reaction occurs such as pain, redness, burning sensation, excessive watering, increasingly blurred vision, coloured halos around light sources and / or sensitivity.
DO attend your routine follow up appointments - These are essential to monitor the health of your eyes. They also ensure that your current contact lens prescription is accurate and up to date. Symptom-free wear does not necessarily mean that your lenses are not causing undesirable side effects.
DO comply with your practitioners guide to wearing schedules, frequency and instructions on contact lens solutions, over-wear can have serious consequences.
DO remove your lenses before going to sleep (unless otherwise advised by your practitioner).
DO replace lenses if they become torn, damaged, scratched or have any deposits which can't be removed with a cleaning solution.
DON'T wear your lenses when using eye medications or eye drops (unless advised to do so by your practitioner).
DON'T use saliva to wet your lenses - this is teeming with potential harmful bacteria.
DON'T use tap water to clean or rinse your contact lenses it contains dangerous bacteria that could lead to infection.
DON'T expose your lenses to hair- or cosmetic sprays or excessive heat.
DON'T forget to wash and rinse your hands before handling your lenses. Your personal hygiene is very important.
DON'T share your contact lenses with anyone else.