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Contact lenses wearer tips

When you start wearing contact lenses for the first time, you need to build up the amount of time you have them in your eyes. Start by wearing for up to 4 hours and increase this by 1 hour each time you wear them afterwards. Build up the amount of time you wear your new lenses, until you reach the maximum wearing time advised by your Optician.

  • Do not exceed your maximum wearing times advised, even if your contact lenses are extremely comfortable.

  • Do not sleep in your contact lenses, unless recommended to do so by your Optician. If you do accidentally sleep whilst wearing your contact lenses, do not attempt to remove your lenses immediately. Wait until your eyes have naturally lubricated, or use artificial tear drops that are suitable for use with contact lens wear. Try not to rub your eyes. Only remove your contact lenses if they are mobile. Consult your Optician immediately.

  • Consult your Optician regarding contact lens wear and specific sports, vocations and interests i.e. swimming, flying etc.

    • Never wear your contact lenses whilst using a sunbed or heat lamp.
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Adverse reactions

Young woman rubbing painful eyes after an adverse reaction to contact lenses

Should any of the following adverse reactions occur remove your contact lenses, stop all lens wear and consult your Optician:

    • Stinging, burning, itching, redness, irritation, scratching or pain
    • Severe or persistent dry eye
    • Decreased lens comfort over time
    • Abnormal sensation of something in the eye
    • Excessive tearing / watering of the eye
    • Unusual eye secretions
    • Reduced vision

Your eyes should look and feel good and you should be able to see well whilst wearing your lenses, if this isn't the case speak to your Optician immediately.

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