How to clean contact lenses correctly
If you’re wearing monthly or bi-weekly lenses, establishing a proper, healthy lens care routine is critical. It’s tempting to take shortcuts in our busy lives, but adequate care of your lenses can help prevent discomfort and possible eye infections. Your optician can provide you with specific instructions based on your eyes and the type of lenses you wear, but if you need a reminder (and we all do, from time to time), here’s our indispensable guide to contact lens care.
Dos and Don’ts
They may seem obvious, but here are our top 5 dos and don’ts when handling your contact lenses. For more detailed information, refer to our extended Dos and Don'ts guide.
| • Wash your hands before inserting
and removing lenses
• Rinse & rub the lens with solution before and after wearing
• Always use a proper contact lens case for storage
• Use fresh solution every day
• Buy a travel-sized bottle of solution for your travels
| • Expose your lenses to tap
• Touch the tip of the solution bottle
• Use saliva to moisten your lenses
• Insert your lenses after doing your makeup
• Transfer solution to a smaller bottle
Types of contact lens solution
There are several different types of solution, and some people find one brand or type more tolerable over others. If you experience any discomfort when inserting or wearing lenses, one option is to change to an alternate lens solution. Your optician can always advise you if you develop a minor allergy to your current solution.
Multipurpose solutions are the most popular option for lens cleaning and storage. These solutions can be used to clean, rinse, disinfect, and store all types of soft contact lenses. Usually, they contain some wetting agent to increase moisture, as well as trace amounts of preservatives to maintain sterility and shelf life. Many of these solutions are touted as “no-rub” solutions, but most opticians still recommend including this simple rubbing step in your routine to remove as many impurities and deposits as possible.
Hydrogen peroxide solutions require slightly more effort, but also provide effective disinfection. These solutions require the use of a special case, which contains a catalytic disc. When the hydrogen peroxide solution comes into contact with the disc, a chemical reaction is set in motion, and the peroxide is eventually neutralised, reducing it to a simple saline solution by the end of the storage period. Without being neutralised, the hydrogen peroxide can cause a great deal of pain and irritation, so it’s critical to allow the lenses to soak for at least 6 hours. One benefit of peroxide solutions is that they are preservative free, thanks to this chemical reaction. We are pleased to offer AO Sept Plus peroxide solutions. Ask your optician if this method of cleaning is right for you.
A clean, fresh contact lens case is an essential part of your lens-care routine. The case should be replaced at least every 3 months, and it’s a good idea to rinse it and clean the exterior regularly. Using fresh solution every day and never “topping up” yesterday’s liquid will also help keep the interior clean. You can find our selection of contact lens case here.
Twist-top and flat cases
You’re not limited to the standard case that comes packaged with your solution! We offer cases in many colours and whimsical designs that just may help inspire good lens care. Traditional flat cases are comfortable for many people, and we also offer a unique, twist-top barrel case. The spinning action of the barrel case helps increase cleaning power.
Contact lens kits
Whether you’re travelling near or far, it’s important not to neglect your lens care when you’re on the go. Our contact lens kits contain everything you need to handle your lenses safely and hygienically when you’re away from home. In each one, you’ll find a lens case, lens tweezers for safe handling of lenses, and a mirror to help you insert and remove your lenses with ease.