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Always ……….

Wash your hands before handling lenses.

Dry your hands with a lint free towel.

Wash and then air-dry the case.

Replace case at least every 3 months.

Use the appropriate storage and rinsing solution.

Insert lenses before applying makeup.

Remove makeup before removing lenses.

Have regular contact lens check-ups and assessments.

Have a spare pair of up-to-date spectacles.


Never ever ……… 

Lick lenses, saliva is a major source of infection.

Use saline as a storage fluid.

Rinse lenses with tap water.

Change brands of lens or solution without first consulting your eye care professional.


If your lenses split in your eye often, and very few brands split easily nowadays, then perhaps you are catching the lens with your nail when removing it from the case, or there is too much solution in the case and the lens is floating to the edge and being caught when the lid is replaced.

If the lenses feel dry in the eye, simply slide the lens totally onto the white of the eye and then slide it back again. This movement displaces any debris beneath the lens and stimulates the natural tear production. If this does not work and the eye remains feeling dry, then put a drop of lubricant into the eye and again slide the lens so that the fluid goes between the eye and the back surface of the lens. Letting the drop fall onto the front surface of the contact lens is a waste of time as the benefit will be blinked away rapidly.

Never use drops with eye whitener in, these drops simply shrink the blood vessels in the eye and stop the natural circulation. They can even cause glaucoma in older patients.

If you wear the specially designed sleep-in lenses, then you must see your optometrist or ophthalmologist every year.

After inserting the lenses, or after having a shower wearing the sleep-in type of lens, slide the lenses onto the white of the eye and push them back each morning.

Some high oxygen transmitting lenses have been found to cause the whites of the eyes to become red when used with certain contact lens solutions. If this happens change your solution or consult your practitioner.

A contact lens prescription is NOT the same as a spectacle prescription. A contact lens consultation checks your eye health and ensures that your eyes are still suitable for the wearing of contact lenses.


Ensure you advise your optometrist of your lifestyle, in order that the appropriate lenses can be prescribed.



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