How do I care for my contact lenses?



Keeping your contact lenses clean and hygienic can be as simple as ensuring they stored correctly in solution each night and rinsed off before you place them in your eyes.

The most important steps in keeping your lenses clean

  • Use dry, clean hands to insert your lenses
  • Use cleaning solution not water if you do need to clean your lenses
  • Store your lenses in solution each night to keep them fresh for the morning
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Why is it important to have a contact lens care routine?

Caring for your contact lenses helps to keep you comfortable when wearing them, and it also helps to prevent damage to your eyes, which could lead to blindness and eye infections.

Thankfully, taking care of your contact lenses is a piece of cake, you just need to get into the routine of washing and storing your contact lenses properly each night.

Establish a regular routine of caring for your contact lenses

  1. Wash your hands well, as dirt easily transfers to contact lenses, increasing risks of eye infections. Avoid moisturising soaps and dry your hands with a lint free towel.
  2. Take one lens out at a time and clean with the recommended cleaning fluid. This removes built up waste produced from eyes as well as debris and cosmetics. Place the lens in the palm of your hand, covering it with cleaning solution. Rub it with your finger to effectively agitate and clean the lens.
  3. Rinse, making sure you remove all the solution and debris.
  4. Put your lens in a clean lens holder and fill up with fresh disinfecting solution. The disinfecting process kills microorganisms, removing them from the lens surface.
  5. Repeat steps from 1 to 5, for your second contact lens.

Cleaning, Rinsing and Disinfecting Products

  • Saline solution is used to rinse and store lenses with heat and UV disinfection systems. It's also used in conjunction with enzymatic cleaning tablets or cleaning devices.

  • Daily contact lens cleaner can be used every day.

  • Multi-purpose solution cleans rinses and disinfects contact lenses.

  • Hydrogen peroxide solution cleans rinses and disinfects. Use it to store lenses also. Selected hydrogen peroxide system holders have neutralisers in place, while others are designed for usage with neutralising tablets.

Quick contact lens care tips

  • Remember to keep your contact lens case clean. Rinse out between each use and dry thoroughly to remove any unwanted bacteria.Once a week, you should also scrub out your lens case using saline solution and a clean toothbrush kept specifically for this purpose. After three months your contact lenses case should be thrown away.
  • Never re-use or top up old solution. Always simply pour away old solutions, rinse and top up your contact lens case with fresh solution.
  • Always wash your hands before handling your lens and make sure you dry them completely. 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.
  • It's recommended that you give your eyes a rest at least one day a week by wearing your glasses rather than lenses