Contact lenses offer an alternative to glasses, providing clear vision and a sense of freedom. But proper care is essential to maintaining healthy eyes.

To ensure you get the most out of your contacts, we’ve compiled some key contact lens care tips.

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Cleanliness is King (and Queen)
Wash your hands!

This seems simple, but it’s crucial. Wash with soap and dry thoroughly with a lint-free towel before handling your lenses.

Beware of contaminants.

Lotions, soaps, and makeup can transfer to your lenses and irritate your eyes. Avoid touching your lenses after applying these products.

Clean and disinfect daily (or as directed).

Unless you wear daily disposables, you’ll need to clean and disinfect your lenses with a solution recommended by your optometrist. Follow their instructions carefully, paying attention to rubbing and rinsing times. Make sure your solution bottle is tightly capped and don’t let the unopened bottle contact other surfaces or objects.

Don’t be a cheapskate

Expired solutions or reusing old solution is a recipe for disaster. Invest in fresh, high-quality solutions to keep your lenses safe.

Case closed (on germs)

Empty and rinse your lens case with fresh solution daily. Leave it open to air dry completely. Replace your case every 3 months to prevent germ build-up.

Water Woes

Tap water can harbor bacteria and parasites that can cause serious eye infections. Stick to sterile solution for rinsing and storing lenses.

Shower Power

It might be tempting to keep your contacts in while showering, but shampoo, soap, and even steam can irritate your eyes and damage your lenses. Best to take them out!

Swimming with contacts is risky.

Goggles are highly recommended to prevent waterborne organisms from getting trapped under your lenses and causing infections.

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Listen to Your Eyes

Redness, irritation, or discomfort? Don’t ignore these warning signs! Remove your lenses and consult your optometrist right away.

Stick to your replacement schedule. Don’t wear your lenses longer than recommended. Daily lenses should be discarded daily, and bi-weekly or monthly lenses replaced according to your optometrist’s instructions.

Schedule regular eye checks

Regular eye checks are vital for maintaining good eye health, whether you wear contacts or not. During your exam, your optometrist will check for any signs of infection or damage to your eyes and ensure your contact lens prescription remains accurate.

Healthy eyes are essential for a lifetime of clear vision, so prioritise good hygiene and schedule regular eye exams.