How to look after contact lenses

Contact lenses are a godsend for anyone who ever needed their vision correcting but felt that there wasn’t a pair of glasses they wanted to wear – but they need to be looked after correctly, otherwise you’ll wish you’d simply taken the easier option. Cleaning and disinfecting contact lenses is a crucial part of their use – here are some tips on how to do it properly, efficiently and safely.

1. It’s not just about the cleaning and disinfecting of contact lenses when they’re not in use; you need to ensure that your hands, when applying them, have been thoroughly washed using soap or another disinfectant, and then towelled dry. You don’t want bacteria or residues from your cleaning products to linger on your hands and then be transferred, via contact lenses, to your eyes.

2. Take the advice of your optometrist or pharmacists on what specific disinfectant solutions should be used when cleaning your contact lenses, as different types of contact lenses require different types of care and cleaning product, and when applied in the wrong circumstances some may damage the fidelity of the contact lenses themselves.

3. When actually disinfecting your contact lenses, do it in a clean case, using fresh solution on each occasion.

4. Make sure that you also clean the case itself after use, using sterile solution or ideally hot distilled water – cold or lukewarm water should never come into contact with either your contact lenses or their case, as at that temperature it provides a medium for bacteria that will then be transferred to your eyes.

5. To physically clean the contact lens itself, rub its inside gently with your index finger in the palm of your hand to apply the cleaning solution, unless using one of the new No Rub solutions, in which case this is unnecessary.

You can buy your contact lenses and your disinfectant solution online, for example Contact Lenses Online by


  1. Tap water is laden with chemicals and microbes.  Hot tap water (which is really never very hot) has more microbes and more chemicals (due to the water residence in the heating element).  They should NEVER be employed for contact lenses.

  2. I'm a contact lens user for more than 10 years now and it's get toxic maintaining one though once you get used to it, it gets easier,  It also requires that you maintain a clean area as it can be really annoying and harmful once dirt enters your eyes.

  3. I've been using contact lenses since 2nd year in high school, and it's definitely quite challenging to use and look after them for a newbie. Right now though, i've been so used to it already that I think I'm mishandling them when laziness kicks in. Anyway, thank you for this very timely reminder. I should take care of my contact lenses as I take care of my eyes :)

  4. I wear contact lenses since college and it's part of my everyday routine.  But thanks for sharing these tips because there are still some users who doesn't know how to handle these sensitive lenses.

  5. I should show this to my cousin, she's the only one in the family who wears contact lenses :)

  6. Great tips Ate Joy! I'm sure newbie contact lenses user will find this post handy and informative. I, on the other hand, think wearing contact lenses is kind of uncomfortable...:-)

  7. I never used eye contacts, as in. I'm just too scared to put anything in my eyes. But I admire those who are really used to wearing it. Different colors, I love it. 

  8. check this facebook page, where you can ask several eye doctor about your eye prob.

  9. Great blog. The tips are also very nice to read. Thanks for posting.

  10. I enjoyed this post, i got some valuable information from it. does anyone know more about this?

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