Caring for your lenses

Follow these top tips to ensure you keep you keep your contact lenses in the best condition:

  1. Always wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly before handling lenses, avoiding perfumed or medicated soaps.
  2. Clean your contact lenses with new solution daily (unless you wear daily disposables). This will remove dust, pollution, make-up and other things that may accumulate on the lens in daily wear.
  3. Never use tap water, bottled water or saliva on your lenses. Only use the cleaning and storing solutions recommended by your Optician.
  4. Do not exceed your maximum wearing time, as advised by your Optician, even if your lenses feel comfortable.
  5. Do not sleep in your contact lenses, unless your Optician has advised otherwise.
  6. Please note: You cannot be supplied with contact lenses if your contact lens specification has expired.

And here are some general hygiene details:

  • Ensure your fingernails are short, clean, and neatly trimmed.
  • Always wash your hands with a mild lanolin free soap prior to lens insertion and removal.
  • Dry hands with a clean lint free towel or preferably disposable paper towels.
  • Avoid makeup, creams, lotions, perfumes, hairspray, cosmetic aerosols and deodorants contacting your contact lenses. Discard your lenses if contamination occurs.
  • Ensure your contact lenses are visibly clean and not damaged prior to insertion.
  • Do not allow tap water or any other solutions not advised by your Optician to come into contact with your contact lenses. Discard your lenses if contamination occurs.
  • Do not put your contact lenses into your mouth, or use saliva to moisten them.
  • If you are able, remove contact lenses from eyes if in contact with noxious or irritating vapour.
  • Ensure your employer is aware that you wear contact lenses, especially if you wear protective eye equipment.
  • If chemicals of any kind (household cleaners, gardening solutions, laboratory chemicals, pesticides etc) are splashed into eyes:
    • Rinse eyes with sterile water immediately
    • Remove contact lenses
    • Rinse eyes with sterile water again
    • Contact or visit your Asda Opticians or Hospital Accident & Emergency Department
  • Always use fresh contact lens solution to clean and store your contact lenses each time you wear them.
  • Do not top up your contact lens solution bottle or contact lens case with tap water or other solutions.
  • Clean your contact case regularly with sterile solution and allow to air dry.
  • Replace your contact lens case monthly.
  • Do not wear your contact lenses if you feel unwell. Consult your Optician for further advice.
  • Do not change your contact lens cleaning solutions without consulting your Optician