- Attend regular after-care check-ups and eye examinations
- Always wash and rinse your hands before handling your contact lenses. Dry with a lint free towel
- Clean, rinse and disinfect your lenses after each use – except Daily Disposable lenses which must be discarded after each wear
- Use fresh solutions daily
- Air-dry your storage case when lenses are being worn
- Carry a lens case containing fresh solution at all times
- Replace your lens case every month
- Keep an up to date pair of glasses as a back-up
- Put your lenses in before applying make-up
- Avoid hairspray as it can stick to the surface of your lenses
Ask yourself three key questions when wearing your contact lenses
- NEVER use tap water to rinse your lenses or lens case
- NEVER wet your lenses with saliva
- Don’t use your lenses whilst swimming. If you need lenses for swimming use daily disposables and goggles and discard the lenses immediately after swimming
- Don’t wear your lenses when showering or in a sauna or hot tub
- Don’t re-use solutions
- Don’t sleep in your lenses unless they are designed for this purpose
- Don’t re-use daily disposable lenses
- Don’t handle lenses after handling onions or chilies until you have washed your hands
- Don’t wear torn or damaged contact lenses
- Don’t wear contact lenses if your eyes feel sore
- Don’t wear lenses beyond their replacement date
If in doubt, take them out!
- Do my eyes look ok? – No redness
- Do my eyes feel ok? – No discomfort
- Is my vision ok? – No unusual blurriness
Book Your FREE* Eye Test
Just like a visit to the dentist an eye examination should be part of your regular health care. An eye examination is more than just a sight test. It can identify other health issues. Your optometrist will check for early signs of eye disease such as glaucoma and cataracts. They can also check for a number of general health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Early diagnosis of an eye or health condition may prevent or delay more serious damage.
Your optometrist will advise you how often you should have your eyes tested. This will depend on your individual needs but for most people it is advised to have an eye examination every two years. We will make sure you always receive the very best clinical care, treatment and advice.
* In Scotland the NHS pay for your eye test. In England and Wales an eye test is FREE with any purchase of glasses, contact lenses or sunglasses. Without purchase the cost of an eye test in England and Wales is £20.