Lens Care Tips

1. Dos

  • You should undergo proper eye examination and contact lens fitting.

  • Incorrect use of contact lenses can lead to serious eye complications.

  • Replace lenses if they are scratched / damaged or if they have any deposits.

  • Follow lens care and wearing instructions/schedules as prescribed. If you are wearing disposable or planned replacement lenses, you will have to carefully follow the schedule for throwing away used lenses. E.g. It is essential that daily disposables be disposed after use and not be re-used. For other disposable contact lenses, do not use beyond the period prescribed and adhere to the recommended daily care regime.

  • Always attend aftercare check-ups whenever advised by your contact lens practitioner. This is important even for wearers who are not experiencing difficulties as subtle changes that you may not be aware of can take place and it is important to make sure both your eyes and the lenses you are wearing are kept at their best.

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly before handling your lenses.

  • Store your lenses in the case made for them.

  • Contact lens cases can be a source of bacterial growth. To prevent contamination and to help avoid serious eye injury, always empty and rinse the lens case with fresh, sterile rinsing solution and allow to air dry.

  • Lens cases should be replaced at regular intervals as recommended by the lens case manufacturer or eyecare practitioner.

  • Keep all your solution bottles tightly capped when you are not using them.

2. Don'ts

  • Do not wear your contact lenses when sleeping, unless recommended by your contact lens practitioner.

  • Before you handle contact lenses, avoid perfumed and medicated soap to wash your hands. Avoid cream soaps too as they leave a film on your hands that can transfer to the lenses.

  • Never bring any contact lenses in contact with tap water. Do not substitute any solutions with tap water.

  • Don't neglect lens care. Clean your lenses daily with a recommended cleaner. Store them in the lens case with fresh disinfecting solution when they are not being worn.

  • Don't use home-made saline solutions. Improper use of home-made saline solutions has been linked with a potentially blinding condition among soft lens wearers.

  • Do not re-use your contact lens solution. Always discard and replace the solution each time you store your lenses.

  • Do not ignore any irritation or redness of the eyes. If in doubt take them out.