Are you one of the millions of people who wears contacts lenses every day? If so, do you know how to look after them? As part of ‘Love Your Lenses’ week, which takes place from 23rd to 30th March this year, we’re encouraging everyone to take care of their eyes and their lenses. So, if you’re guilty of not making your contact-care a priority, here’s a gentle reminder of why it’s important to treat your lenses with respect and how to do so.
Don’t lose sight of your optician
According to the GOC (General Optical Council) 1 in 4 contact lens wearers do not visit an optician for an aftercare appointment at least once a year. There could be a number of reasons why people don’t regularly check in with their optician such as they feel like nothing is wrong, they don’t have time, or they feel guilty for the amount of time that has passed since their last appointment. So, if you do one thing this ‘Love your lenses’ week - make an appointment for a check-up with your optician, they’ll be so pleased to see you!
Contact lens dos and don’ts
If you love your eyes, love your senses and follow our dos and don’ts!
- Make (and stick to) regular appointments with your optician.
- Double check that you’re putting the correct lens into each eye.
- If you wear reusable lenses, make sure you’re throwing them out after the recommended time.
- Use fresh solution to clean and store your reusable lenses.
- Contact Superdrug, or your optician, if you have any queries regarding your lenses.
- If your eyes become uncomfortable or irritated, take out your lenses immediately.
- Ensure your hands are washed and dry when you put your lenses in.
- Ignore any problems with your eyes.
- Wear your lenses longer than advised.
- Handle lenses with dirty hands.
- Sleep in your lenses – unless you have been told specifically that you can.
- Wash your lenses, or lens case, in tap water
- Swim in your lenses unless you’re wearing some fetching watertight goggles.
- Change your cleaning method or solution if you’re not advised by your optician first.
If in doubt, take them out!
If your eyes become blurry, irritated, red, sore or you experience pain or discomfort when wearing your lenses - DO NOT IGNORE IT. This is a big ol’ signal to get your eyes checked out.
Either contact your optician or you can contact Superdrug with your concerns.
Find out more about keeping your optician in sight when buying your contact lenses.