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Stay safe with your contacts 

Contact lenses care

Millions of people wear contact lenses but many do not follow the instructions on safe use.

Wearing contact lenses increases the risk of eye infections. Failing to follow the instructions raises that risk considerably.

The two main types of contact lens are rigid gas-permeable and soft contact lenses. Instructions for using and caring for your lenses will vary accordingly. It’s vital to follow your eye doctor’s instructions.

If you’re using contact lenses for the first time, make sure that they’re prescribed by an eye doctor.

 

Reusable contact lenses

For lenses that are re-used, rather than worn once and discarded, the following guidance applies.

After removing your contact lenses, it’s essential that you disinfect them as this prevents harmful organisms building up on the lens. Your eye doctor will advise you on the best contact lens system and care regime. This may include extra cleaning procedures, such as rubbing or rinsing.

Disinfection tips

To disinfect your lenses, soak them in solution in a storage case for a specific amount of time.

Read carefully the notice of the product.

Never re-use disinfecting solution or top it up. It must be discarded and replaced with fresh solution each time the lenses are stored.

Only use the care products recommended by your practitioner and follow the instructions carefully.

A dirty case is a major source of infection.

Case care tips

Rinse your storage case, leave it open to dry and clean it with surgical alcohol after use each day. Replace it monthly.

Clean thoroughly the storage case each week, using a clean toothbrush and contact lens solution.

The cornea loses its sensitivity with contact lens wear. So even in absence of any abnormal sign, it is important to have preventive six monthly check-ups with your eye doctor.

Disposable lenses

Daily disposable lenses require no cleaning or disinfection because the lenses are worn only once and thrown away. Don’t re-use these lenses as they’re unsuitable for repeated use. Even if you wear daily disposables, it’s still important to have regular six monthly check-ups with your eye doctor.

Extended-wear lenses

Extended-wear lenses are specially designed for overnight wear and can be worn continuously for up to a month before being discarded. Don’t sleep while wearing lenses unless your eye doctor advises it. He or she will also advise you on how to look after the lenses if you need to remove them temporarily. You may need more frequent check-ups if you wear this type of lens and do not hesitate to contact rapidly your eye doctor by any abnormal feeling or sign.

All types of contact lens

You should always:

Wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly before handling your lenses.

Have an up-to-date pair of spectacles to wear when you need to remove your lenses.

Replace the lenses at the intervals specified by your eye doctor.

Have regular check-ups with your eye doctor.

Seek professional advice if you’re having problems with your contact lenses.

Ask yourself these three important questions when wearing your lenses:

Do my eyes look good?

Do my eyes feel good?

Can I see well?

If you can’t answer ‘yes’ to all of these, or you have any other doubts about your contact lenses, remove them immediately and talk to your eye doctor.

Remember:

Never go to bed with a painful red eye. Seek advice immediately.

Never bring your lenses into contact with tap water.

Never wet your lenses with saliva.

Never wear your lenses while you’re having a shower or going swimming (unless you use tight goggles).

Dr. Saffiedine

Eye doctor – Ophtalmology – Oftalmología

Playa de Las Américas