Duncan and Todd are proud supporters of Love your Lenses week. Taking place on 23rd-30th March, the week aims to raise awareness on the importance of contact lens aftercare advice, whilst also informing contact lens wearers on the important steps they need to follow to help keep their eyes healthy.
We’re delighted to be joined by Kara Taylor, Practice Manager at our Dyce practice, who shares her expert advice when it comes to caring for your lenses.
“As part of Duncan and Todd’s contact lens service, we work with the patient closely to make sure that we provide contact lenses that are best for them and their lifestyle. Aftercare advice is a vital part of this process to help ensure that they avoid any issues and discomfort. Below are the top tips that I advise all contact wearers to follow to help keep their eyes healthy:
- Have regular check-ups (every 6-12 months)
- Wash and dry your hands thoroughly prior to handling your lenses
- Always rub, rinse and store your lenses in the solution recommended to you by your optician before and after each use. This does not include single-use lenses, which should be discarded after each wear. We would also recommend that you always clean your lens case with the same solution, wipe with a clean tissue then air-dry after each use. Look to replace your lens case at least monthly
- Pay attention to your lens lesson that you have with your optician - this is where we share vital aftercare advice to help make sure you know how to safely put in, wear, take out and care for your contact lenses
- Discard lenses and solutions that are past their expiry date
- Wear only the lenses specified by your contact lens practitioner
- Have a pair of glasses with an up-to-date prescription for when you need to remove your lenses, such as rest days.
- Use tap water, any other water or saliva on your lenses or lens case
- Switch the solution you use, except on the advice of your practitioner. Also never reuse or top up solution
- Sleep in your lenses, unless this has been advised to you
- Use your lenses for swimming, hot tubs or water sports, unless wearing goggles. We would also avoid wearing your lenses when showering unless you keep your eyes firmly closed
- Share contact lenses or wear any lenses not prescribed to you
- Ignore the aftercare advice provided to you during your lens lesson - this is important information to help you keep your lenses clean and safe to use
- Put a lens on the eye if it looks dirty, dusty or damaged, or has been dropped
- Use any eye drops without advice from your optician as some eye drops are not suitable for contact lens wearers
- Continue to wear your lenses if your eyes don’t feel good, look good, or see well - if you feel any visual discomfort, immediately book a lens check up
Book your free Contact Lens Trial today, or visit your local Duncan and Todd practice to speak to one of our contact lens experts.