We want to make sure your eyes stay happy and healthy wearing contact lenses. If you’ve got a question about your lenses, like how to put them in, take them out, or clean them – have a look through our tips and advice.
Getting started with contact lenses
Let’s start with the basics.
How to put in your contact lenses
If you’re having trouble putting in contact lenses, this quick video should tell you everything you need to know.
Before you do anything, make sure you wash and dry your hands.
Look straight into the mirror, tilt your head down slightly and pull your lower eyelid down.
Using your finger move the lens down onto the white of your eye and then gently pinch it out.
Now just repeat on the other eye. Simple.
Looking after your contact lenses
If you look after your lenses, you’ll look after your eyes. Learn about how to clean your lenses and what you can do to make sure you wear your lenses comfortably.
Cleaning contact lenses
It’s important to clean and take care of your lenses, so that the risk of eye infections is kept to a minimum. If you wear reusable lenses, you’ll need to stick to a cleaning routine to make sure your eyes stay in tip-top condition.
After taking out your lenses, rub them gently with a few drops of solution for about 20 seconds.
To store your lenses, place them carefully in your contact lens case. The case should be clean and filled with fresh solution.
If you’re unsure about the best way to keep your lenses and case clean, check the instructions on your solution to make sure you’re doing everything exactly as you should.
Don’t forget: never use tap water to clean your lenses or contact lens case as this can lead to eye infections.
Tips for comfortable wearing
Have a look through some of our top tips for wearing your contact lenses comfortably.
Check that the prescription on the lens packaging is correct
Check your contact lens solution instructions before use
Wash and dry your hands before handling your lenses or touching your eye
Insert your lenses before applying eye make-up
Return for all the aftercare visits recommended by your optometrist
Contact us if you have any concerns or queries, however trivial they may seem
Stop wearing your lenses if your eyes become red or sore – contact us for advice
Throw away your lenses after the recommended period
Clean your lens case regularly and allow it to air dry
Replace your lens case regularly
Replace the tops of solution bottles after use
Use fresh solution to store your lenses
Dispose of solution bottles after the recommended period
Wear your lenses longer than advised
Ignore problems or discomfort with your lenses
Hesitate to contact us if you have a problem
Handle your lenses with sharp nails as they can easily tear
Use tap water to store, clean or rinse your contact lenses or case
Use your lenses for swimming, hot tubs or water sports, unless wearing goggles
Wear your lenses when showering unless you keep your eyes firmly closed
Lick your lenses
Sleep in your lenses (unless advised by your optometrist, as this can increase the risk of infection)
Wear your lenses if you are using eye drops prescribed by your doctor
Change your cleaning regime without contacting us for professional advice
Reuse the solutions of saline in your lens case
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