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Contact Lenses – do’s and don’ts


  • Have regular check-ups as advised by your practitioner
  • Always wash and dry your hands prior to handling your lenses
  • Always rub, rinse and store your lenses in the recommended solution before and after each use (except single-use lenses, which should be discarded after each wear)
  • Always clean the lens case with solution, wipe with a clean tissue then air-dry after each use by placing the case and lids face down on a tissue
  • Always apply the same lens first to avoid mixing them up
  • Check the lens is not inside out before insertion
  • Check the lens is not damaged before insertion
  • Handle carefully to avoid damaging the lens
  • Apply your lenses before putting on make-up
  • Remove lenses then remove make-up
  • Keep your eyes closed when using hairspray or other aerosols
  • Replace your lens case at least monthly
  • Discard lenses and solutions that are past their expiry date
  • Wear only the lenses specified by your contact lens practitioner
  • Stick strictly to the recommended wearing schedule and replacement frequency
  • Make sure you have an adequate supply of replacement lenses and solutions
  • Have an up-to-date pair of spectacles for when you need to remove your lenses

Ask yourself these three questions, each time you wear your lenses:

  1. Do my eyes feel good with my lenses? — no discomfort
  2. Do my eyes look good? — no redness
  3. Do I see well? — no unusual blurring with either eye

If the answer to any of these questions is no, leave your lenses off and contact us or make an appointment immediately.


  • Use tap water, or any other water, on your lenses or lens case
  • Wet your lenses with saliva
  • Put a lens on the eye if it falls on the floor or other surface, without cleaning and storing again
  • Apply a lens if it is dirty, dusty or damaged
  • Continue to wear your lenses if your eyes don’t feel good, look good, or see well
  • Re-use or top up solution – discard and replace with fresh solution each time lenses are stored
  • Decant solution into smaller containers
  • Wear lenses left in the case for more than seven days without cleaning and storing them in fresh solution
  • Sleep in your lenses unless specifically advised to by your practitioner
  • Wear any lens overnight if you are unwell
  • 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
  • Switch the solution you use except on the advice of your practitioner
  • Use any eye drops without advice from your contact lens practitioner
  • Share contact lenses or wear any lenses not specified by your practitioner

If you have any questions about your contact lenses please contact us or make an appointment for advice.

A good rule of thumb to remember is: “If in doubt take them out”.


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