Guide 1 - Do’s and Don’ts

The do’s and don’ts of Contact lens wear.


  • Wash your hands with soap prior to handling your lenses - non-perfumed anti-bacterial liquid soap dispensers are preferable to bar soaps which can be contaminated more easily.
  • Thoroughly rinse off all soap to avoid contamination and then dry your hands with a lint-free towel to prevent getting lint on the lenses.
  • Use oil and fragrance-free eye makeup.
  • Use water-resistant mascara and eyeliner to prevent flaking and smudging.
  • Make sure the lens is fully immersed in the solution. Never use lenses unless they are fully hydrated (wet) in solution.
  • Always clean & disinfect lenses before re-insertion into the eye.
  • Clean, rinse and disinfect your lenses after each use.
  • Replace lenses if they become damaged/scratched or if they have deposits which cannot be removed.
  • Call your optician if you have any redness, pain swelling or irritation, burning sensation, excessive watering, increasingly blurred vision, coloured halos around light sources and/or sensitivity.
  • Visit your eye-care practitioner regularly for a routine check-up.


  • Use tap water or saliva to wet your lenses or lens case
  • Wear makeup or put in your lenses if your eyes are swollen, red or infected
  • Go to bed with a painful red eye - seek advice immediately
  • Allow lotions, soaps, creams, deodorants, hair spray & cosmetic (especially metallic powders) to come into contact with the lenses. They can cause an eye infection or irritation.
  • Re-use disinfecting solution - discard and replace with fresh solution each time lenses are stored.
  • Wear your lenses longer than advised and never sleep in them.
  • Use mascara with ‘lash-building fibres’as they can damage your lenses.
  • Use your lenses for swimming or water sports, unless wearing goggles
  • Expose your lenses to hair or cosmetic sprays or excessive heat.