Caring for your lenses
Developments in lens care products have made it easier than ever to keep your contact lenses clean, comfortable and safe from harmful bacteria. Always remember that if your eyes feel uncomfortable, sore or irritable, you should take your lenses out and make an appointment to see your eyecare practitioner. When in doubt, take them out!
Maximise the cost benefits with a payment plan; paying by standing order can also include the cost of all necessary solutions and regular after/care appointments.
Contact lens tips
- Always wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly before handling lenses, avoiding perfumed or medicated soaps.
- Never use tap water, bottled water, saliva or any other liquids to rinse, store or re-wet lenses or to clean your lens case.
- Always check with your practitioner before changing care products, as some solutions may be incompatible with certain lenses.
- Always wear goggles if you go swimming with your lenses in.
- Don’t neglect your lens case. Clean it daily with saline or multi-purpose solution (not tap water) and leave to air dry. Replace regularly as instructed.
- If your eyes look red or feel uncomfortable, or if your vision becomes blurred, remove your contact lenses and seek the advice of your contact lens practitioner, even if you are not due for a check-up.
Your aftercare scheme: Why is it important?
Contact lenses rarely cause serious eye complications. However, just as you may be unaware you have a general health problem such as high blood pressure, changes to the eye can happen in contact lens wearers without the onset of any symptoms. Without regular check-ups, serious damage can occur in such cases.
Check-ups provide the chance to ensure that all is healthy; the lenses you are wearing are still appropriate for your eyes and that you always have the choice of the best products available. Advances in lenses and solutions are constantly being made to bring new benefits to the wearer. Your practitioner will advise you on how often you should have check-ups. If all’s well, it is sensible to have your contact lenses checked once a year. If the lenses are new or need careful observation, check-ups will be at much shorter intervals. Always remember to wear your lenses when you go for your check and take your spectacles with you.