It is important to always follow the instructions of your eye care professional and to handle your lenses correctly. This includes hygiene, regular checkups and choosing the right eye care specialist.
Contact lenses cover a large part of the cornea. Wearing contact lenses carries a potential risk of infection, especially if hygiene instructions are not followed properly. Contact lenses should never be cleaned with water or saliva, as these contain bacteria that can be harmful to the eye. Your eye care specialist will advise which contact lens solution is right for the lenses you have and how to use them. Not every liquid is automatically right for you and your lenses and vice versa. There are separate contact lens solutions for cleaning, storing and inserting contact lenses or a combination of these (all-in-one solutions). The cleaning and storage solutions provide effective disinfection and keep the contact lenses in good condition so you can wear them safely and comfortably. Always make sure you have the right lens solution on hand.
- Clean your contact lenses daily with the appropriate liquid.
- Always wash your hands thoroughly with mild soap (no lanolin, creams or perfumes) before touching your contact lenses.
- Dry your hands with a clean, lint-free tea towel.
- Avoid oily cosmetics before touching your contact lenses.
- Do not put your lenses in if your eyes are red, itchy or irritated.
- Replace your contact lenses as well as your contact lens solution in a timely manner.
- Keep your nails short and neat.
- Empty, clean and rinse your lens case daily and air dry it.
- Replace your lens case at least once every 3 months.
- Have your eyes and contact lenses checked regularly by your specialist.
- Do not shower with lenses in.
- Do not clean your lenses with water.
- Do not put your lenses in your mouth to clean them.
- Do not go swimming with your lenses in.
- Do not store your lenses in water.
- Don’t skip check-ups.
- Do not wear your contact lenses longer than prescribed.
- Do not mix different contact lens fluids.
- Never use previously used liquids or liquids without a cap;.
- Do not go to sleep with lenses in, unless you have ortho-k (night lenses).
For more information and helpful tips, check the manual and information for your contact lenses provided by your eye care specialist.