Do’s and don’ts of contact lens wear

Here are a few “words of wisdom” to ensure so that you get the best out of your contact lenses.


  • Attend regular check-ups.
  • Wash (anti-bacterial soap in a pump dispenser) and dry your hands (lint free tissues) prior to handling your lenses.
  • Clean, rinse and disinfect your lenses after each use (except daily disposables which should be discarded after each wear and extended wear lenses).
  • Air dry the storage case and keep dry when lenses are being worn. Replace storage cases monthly.
  • Insert your lenses before putting on make-up and remove lenses then remove make-up.
  • Always keep spare lenses.
  • Have an up-to-date pair of spectacles available for when you need to remove your lenses.


  • Use tap water in any circumstance.
  • Wet your lenses with saliva.
  • Re-use solutions.
  • Sleep in your lenses unless they are specifically approved.
  • Switch to a different solution brand except on the advice of your practitioner.
  • Use your lenses for swimming or water sports unless wearing tight fitting goggles.
  • Use your lenses when showering or using a hot tub.

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