If you wear monthly contact lenses, it’s important to learn how to put them in and take them out. Especially when it comes to keeping them clean and disinfected, to reduce the risk of any potential eye infection. Our contact lens guide is easy to follow, making contact lens care simple and helping you keep your eyes healthy and comfortable.
How to care for your contact lenses
Each contact lens type needs different care. Disposable lenses need the least care, while monthly lenses need the most.
Before you start
Monthly Contact Lenses:
If you are ready to store your lenses you will need:
A contact lens case - we advise you to change your case every 3 months to help prevent eye infections.
Contact lens solution - your Contact Lens Optician will let you know which solution is recommended. Read and follow the instructions to make sure you’re doing everything correctly.
A safe place to store your contact lenses - we’d advise storing them somewhere other than the bathroom, as there’s a risk you’re exposing your contact lenses to water or moisture.
Cleaning your contact lens case
You should change the solution in your case every day. This prevents any build-up of cosmetics and debris and keeps your risk of eye irritations and infections low.
Never use water to clean your case. Although it’s safe to drink, it contains bacteria that can cause eye infections.
Use fresh contact lens solution to rinse the case. Make sure you check the instructions – as different solutions need to be used in different ways.
Air dry between use. As you empty out the solution, leave the case upside down with the caps off.
Daily Contact Lenses:
Daily disposable contact lenses require much less care. However, you must make sure to still follow all of the tips below to wear your contact lenses safely and minimise the risk of infection
What to do if you drop your lenses
If you’ve dropped your contact lenses you need to:
Place your contact lens in the palm of your hand. Add a few drops of contact lens solution and gently rub the solution over the lens.
Check for any damage – if you do find any tears, dispose of the lens and use a new one.
Even when you’re out and about, it’s best to carry a pair of glasses with you when wearing contact lenses – for those ‘what if’ moments. Then if you lose a lens, you can pop on your glasses until you get home.
Keep in Mind
Always wash and dry your hands thoroughly before touching your contact lenses. It’s surprising how much dirt/debris can pass onto your lenses.
It’s best to put your contact lenses in before you do your makeup, you’ll have less transfer onto your lenses and you’ll be able to see what you’re doing.
Never swim or shower in your contact lenses as there’s a risk of eye infection.
Remember to seek advice from your optician and follow their instructions on cleaning and caring for your contact lenses.