Using & Wearing Contact Lenses Safely
There are over 3 million people who wear contact lenses in the UK. However, many admit that they do not follow the instructions properly.
As wearing contact lenses can increase your risk of eye infections or dry eye syndrome, it is important to use and wear your lenses safely and to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
You do not need to clean or disinfect daily disposable lenses; however, here are some guidelines on how to use reusable contact lenses safely. Also if you are ever unsure or have any problems with disposable or reusable lenses you should always contact your optometrist.
Reusable Contact Lenses
As you reuse these lenses rather than throwing them away after one use, it is essential that you clean them properly before storing them in their case.
Once you remove them, disinfect your lenses by soaking them in a suitable solution for the recommended amount of time. This will stop any harmful organisms building up on the lenses. As a result this will help you from developing any eye infections or dry eye.
It is crucial not to reuse the disinfecting solution. You must always have fresh solution every time your store you lenses.
Also it is important to have a clean storage case. It is recommended that you rinse your case and leave it to dry every day after each use. It should then be replaced every month.
Regardless of if you wear disposable or reusable contact lenses you should always:
- Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your lenses, making sure you dry them on a clean towel.
- Only keep your lenses in for the recommended time. If you do wear them for longer this can increase your chance of dry eye or any other eye infections.
- Do not sleep in your contact lenses, unless your optometrist has prescribed your with Extended wear lenses. These are specially designed for wearing overnight.
- Keep an up-to-date pair of glasses with you, should you need to remove your lenses.
- Change your lenses and solution at an agreed time frame set by your optometrist.
- Keep the original lens packet with the batch number on. Your optometrist can then refer to this should you have any problems with the lenses.
- Have regular eye check-ups with your optometrist to ensure your prescription hasn’t changed. They can also check that your eyes are healthy and you are not suffering from any eye infection or dry eye syndrome.