Contact Lens Care
How often you change your contact lenses for a fresh pair will depend on the type of lenses you wear. If you are unsure, we can give you advice about which contact lenses will best suit your needs and how frequently you should replace them.
How to put in and take out your lenses
Putting in and taking out contact lenses is easier than you might think. It may take a little getting used to, but we will teach you and soon you’ll be doing it without a second thought.
How to put in soft contact lenses
- Before you touch your eyes or contact lenses, always wash your hands with soap (preferably non-perfumed, anti-bacterial liquid soap). Thoroughly rinse and then dry your hands with a lint-free towel. It’s a good idea to always put in the lens for your right eye first. This way you won’t get your lenses mixed up if they are each a different prescription.
- Check the lens isn’t inside out. To work out which way round it is, just put the lens on the tip of your finger and hold it up to the light. If the edges flare out, it’s inside out. If it looks like a smooth edged cup, it’s ready to go.
- Using your other hand, carefully hold your upper eyelid so you don’t blink. Carefully pull down your lower eyelid with the other fingers of your applying hand.
- With the contact lens on the tip of your index finger, steadily move the contact lens towards your eye. It may help to look upwards as you place it on your eye.
- Slowly release your eyelid and close your eye for a moment to allow the lens to settle.
- Follow the same steps for your left eye.
How to remove soft contact lenses
- Before you touch your eyes or contact lenses, always wash your hands with soap (preferably non-perfumed, anti-bacterial liquid soap). Thoroughly rinse and then dry your hands with a lint-free towel.
- Start with your right eye to avoid mixing up your lenses.
- Look up at the ceiling and carefully pull down your lower eyelid with your middle finger.
- Slowly bring your index finger close to your eye until you touch the lower edge of the lens.
- Slide the lens down to the lower white part of your eye.
- Gently squeeze the lens between your thumb and index finger and remove it.
- Remove your left lens in the same way.
- Discard daily disposable lenses. Clean and disinfect reusable lenses. For a quick, effective method for cleaning reusable lenses, see below.
- Never rinse your lenses or your contact lens case with tap water
How to clean and care for reusable lenses
It only takes a few minutes to clean your reusable contact lenses to help maintain healthy contact lens wear. Just follow this quick, easy and effective routine at the end of each day:
- Before you touch your eyes, contact lenses or lens case, always wash your hands with soap (preferably non-perfumed, anti-bacterial liquid soap). Then thoroughly rinse them and dry them with a lint-free towel.
- Fill each chamber of your contact lens case with fresh contact lens disinfecting solution.
- Begin with the same eye every time you put in or remove your contact lenses. This way you won’t mix them up.
- Always clean your lenses immediately after you remove them.
- Place the lens in the clean, dry palm of your hand.
- Apply a few drops of the prescribed contact lens disinfecting solution.
- With one finger gently rub the lens back and forth on your palm to clean the lens surfaces.
- Rinse your lens thoroughly with a few more drops of the prescribed solution.
- Put the lens into your clean contact lens case.
- Repeat this routine for your other lens.
- Close the case and leave your lenses to soak overnight.
Don’t forget to clean your contact lens case!
You probably know how important it is to keep your contact lenses clean, but it’s easy to overlook your contact lens case. Your lens case needs to be just as clean as your lenses. Every time you put in your contact lenses, follow these simple steps to keeping your lens case as clean as possible:
- Empty your contact lens case of the old solution.
- Rinse it with fresh contact lens solution.
- Allow to air-dry, upside down on a clean tissue.
- Replace your contact lens case on a regular basis, usually every month.
- If necessary, take a spare case and a small bottle of solution with you just in case lenses have to be removed during the day.
- Never use tap water to clean your contact lenses or lens case. Refer to your contact lens solution instruction guide for further information about how long to soak your contact lenses or how often you should change the solution if you don’t wear them every day.
- If lenses feel uncomfortable, remove them. If discomfort continues after removal, seek advice from your optician. Your eyes should be seeing clearly, feeling comfortable and looking nice and white.
- Always remove lenses if you feel unwell with a cold, flu or hayfever.
- Remove lenses for swimming unless wearing goggles.
- It is important to follow the contact lens care regime given to you and to attend for regular aftercare appointments to maintain and monitor your eye health. These appointments are free for patients on our Total Care Plan.
“If in doubt…take them out!”