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Why do contact lenses need cleaning

Serious eye infections can occur if contact lenses are not looked after properly or cleaned.

The contact lens rests on the eye and so eventually get a build up of protein, lipids and other deposits that collect on the lens. These deposits can cause potential breeding ground for bugs and so can get inflammation or infections if not cleaned properly. Also cleaning will help prevent contact lens discomfort.

Daily contact lenses minimises risks as they are thrown away after one use.


Monthly contact lenses need to be cleaned after each use.

Always  wash hands before handling contact lenses.



Extended Wear contact lenses

These are designed to be left in overnight - and so there is more potential for build up of material or infectious bugs. Therefore they have to be replaced at recommended intervals.


Sometimes extended wear contact lenses may be used to wear during the day - and take out at night.

This has advantage of having higher oxygen level but will still need to clean lenses like regular contact lenses.


The advantage of extended wear is not having to handle lenses daily. Also for convenience like if need to stay overnight away from home - or hygiene difficulties such as outdoor camping where it can be harder to wash hands in order to safely handle the lenses.


Its always best to have your own spectacles with you - just incase you need to take contact lenses out in an emergency or if eye problems occur that prevent you wearing contact lenses. Can be essential if you are driving. Worth keeping an up to date pair of glasses in your car.

How To Clean Contact Lenses.

Your eye care professional will recommend the correct solutions  and methods of cleaning contact lenses and disinfecting.


Always wash and dry your hands before touching contact lenses.

The Rub and Rinse Method.

Rub the contact lenses with the cleaning solution and then rinse it - which will wash the debris away. This mechanical action is very effective in cleaning.

Finally store them in the  correct solution to disinfect it.  

Do not forget the contact lens case needs to be kept hygienic and replaced at regular intervals.


The contact lenses need to be thrown away at the recommended intervals. Otherwise build up of materials from the eye occurs making it harder to keep the contact lenses clean beyond the time recommended. The debris accumulated can be breeding grounds for bugs and therefore not replacing contact lenses at recommended times increases risk of eye infections.


Some contact lenses solutions are   "no-rub" contact lens solutions.

However these products significantly clean your lenses if you rub your lenses while rinsing them with the solution.


Multipurpose Contact Lens Solutions.

The multipurpose solutions both cleans and disinfects contact lenses.

Always use fresh multipurpose solution each time you store your lenses. Do not  top off  existing solution as it can reduce the disinfecting power  leading to lens contamination and risk of   serious eye infections.


Sometimes the contact lens case itself can be unclean and forgotten about . So its also very important to keep your contact lens storage case clean. Rinse this and allow it  to  air dry upside  while you are wearing your contacts. This reduces the risk of contamination.

Water and contact lenses

Do not use water to store contact lenses as it is not a disinfectant. Even purified water can contain bacteria, fungi and pathogens that can grow on lenses causing serious eye infections that can lead to vision loss.

For swimming, best to use disposable contact lenses to throw away or use water proof swimming goggles. Or trying using prescription swimming goggles to prevent eye infections.

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