Here at Specsavers in Fleet, you can be sure you are in safe hands when seeking contact lens advice. Meet our contact lens supervisor, Helen Taylor, who offers her tips on how to take care of your contact lenses.
How to care for your contact lenses
Helen says: 'Contact lenses need to be kept clean to ensure your eyes are healthy and your vision is clear. When removing your lenses, I recommend that you rub them gently with a few drops of solution for about 20 seconds to ensure they are super clean.
'Be careful how you store your lenses too. Always place them carefully in your contact lens case which needs to be kept clean at all times and filled with solution.'
Hygiene is key
'Avoid passing germs onto your contact lenses by washing your hands beforehand' advises Helen. 'Using your fingertips, remove a lens from its packaging or container. Put it on your index finger and check the lens is okay – it should be a bowl shape. If it’s got a lip, it’s probably inside out, so just add a few drops of solution and gently turn in the right way round.
'If you’re unsure if it’s the right way round here’s a handy tip: put your lens in the crease on the palm of your hand and fold your hand up a little. If the lens comes together easily, it’s the right way round. If it resists, it isn’t.'
Don't use tap water
Helen suggests that if you see any dust, bits of debris, or hairs, give it a rinse with your solution – but never use tap water.
How to put your lenses in
Helen says: 'Look straight into the mirror and hold the upper lid eyelashes firmly against the brow with the index finger of your free hand. Using the middle finger of your other hand, pull your lower lid down. Watching in the mirror, bring the lens towards your eye and place it gently over the iris so that all the edges of the lens are in contact with the eye.
'Close your eyes and look from side to side – this will get rid of any air bubbles trapped under the lens. Now just repeat on the other side – and you’re done.'
Watch our YouTube video
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