Contact lens hygiene tips so South Devon people can avoid putting eye health at risk

(Last Updated On: March 15, 2021)

Hand hygiene has never been more important than during the pandemic – especially when it comes to touching our face and eyes.

That is why Specsavers is reminding South Devon people of the correct way to handle contact lenses and minimise the risk of issues or infections.

Research shows that although 85% of people think they comply with hygiene advice, only 32% of people actually take proper care of their lenses, which means the majority of wearers are potentially putting their eye health at risk.

Giles Edmonds, Specsavers clinical services director, says: ‘It’s important that good hygiene is always followed when handling contact lenses. You wouldn’t put something dirty into your mouth, so why would you do the same with your eyes?

‘Clean, dry hands should always be used when putting in and taking out lenses, and always rub, rinse and store your lenses in the recommended solution too.’

Specsavers shares its top tips on looking after your contacts to make sure you keep your eyes healthy and free from bacteria and infection:

• Always wash and dry your hands before handling your contact lenses
• Don’t share your contact lenses
• Don’t sleep in your lenses unless you’ve been advised to do so
• Don’t use tap water or any other water on your lenses or case
• Apply your lenses before putting on makeup
• Don’t swim with your lenses in
• Keep your eyes closed when using hairspray
• Don’t wear your lenses in the shower

It is recommended that everyone has an eye test every two years and wearers of contact lenses have a check-up at least every two years. For further information or to book an appointment visit

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