Looking after your lenses

Looking after your lenses

Unless you wear daily disposable lenses, you will need to clean and disinfect your contacts to ensure both the lenses and your eyes stay in good condition.

The type of care system you use depends on the type of lenses you have and how they are worn.
We will make sure you understand what to do to care for your lenses before you take your lenses home.

Inserting Your Soft Lenses

  1. Wash and dry your hands, taking care not to leave any lint on your fingers.
  1. Never touch your eyes or lenses without washing your hands, so you don’t transfer dirt and germs to your eye.
  1. Place the wet, clean lens on the tip of the index or middle finger of your dominant hand, and pull down the lower lid with the middle or ring finger of the same hand. Use your other hand to hold the upper lid firmly open.
  1. Look directly at the lens, or look directly into a mirror and place the lens directly on the cornea.
  1. Slowly release your hold on the lid. If there are any air bubbles beneath the lens, close your eye, and with your eye closed, roll the eye gently. Another way of getting rid of air bubbles is to massage the lids very lightly. Do not rub your eyes.
  1. Repeat with your other eye.
  1. Discard the solution from your lens case. Rinse your case out with solution, dry with a tissue and leave to dry in your bedroom, not the bathroom. Replace your contact lens case at least every three months.

Removing Your Lenses

  1. Look up. With the middle finger, hold down the lower lid. Use your forefinger to slide the lens to the lower part of the eye. Pinch the lens with your thumb and forefinger and remove without excessively folding the lens.
  1. Repeat with the other lens.

Clean, Rinse, Disinfect

  1. Remove one lens and clean it with the recommended solution. Cleaning removes eye-produced debris and cosmetics that reduce lens comfort. Rub the lens in the palm of your hand with a few drops of solution, even if you are using a no rub multi purpose solution.
  1. Rinse the lens again to remove any loosened debris. Rinsing is an important step.
  1. Place the lens in your clean lens case and fill with freash solution; don’t top up old solution. Disinfecting kills microorganisms on the lenses. Disinfection time varies from cleaning product to cleaning product.
  1. Repeat these steps with your other lens

Worried about getting the lenses in and out?

You needn’t be. Our staff will spend as much time as you need to ensure you are confident and safe in handling your lenses.

If you have worn lenses before and struggled, please give us a call. We will be glad to help.