Contact Lenses-Advice


Whether contact lenses are new to you or have been using them for years, these suggestions can help you avoid the contact lens problems that some users have faced.

Have a reserve of contact lens solution

Unless you wear daily contact lenses, don’t wait until the end of a long day to find out that the cleaning solution is gone. Keeping a stock of solution ready will avoid these occasions.

This is especially important because you must use a new cleaning solution whenever you touch contact lenses. Never use tap water to clean contact lenses. It may contain impurities and resistant infectious microorganisms.

Tips for inserting and removing contact lenses

  • Wash and dry your hands before putting on or removing contact lenses
    Everything in your hands when you touch contact lenses will end up in your eyes. Wash your hands with antimicrobial soap and dry them well before touching contact lenses. Avoid using oils or lotions-based creams or soaps before touching contact lenses, as they can contaminate the lenses or leave an oily film.
  • Always start with the same eye to put on contact lenses
    When putting on contact lenses, start with the same eye each time. You will be less likely to change the lens by mistake - and yes, just like shoes, left and right contact lenses are different.
  • Place the contact lens in the palm of your hand
    Hold the contact lens by placing it in the palm of your hand. Holding the lens between your fingers increases the possibility of cutting it with your nail. Nails can damage the surface of the lens and are also a rich source of bacteria.
  • Remove contact lenses if you feel pain or discomfort
    If your contact lenses start to hurt you or make you feel dry and uncomfortable, or if people are always saying you have red eyes, remove the lenses! Pain and discomfort are often the way your eyes tell you that something is causing problems. If this happens repeatedly, talk to your Optometrist to see if your contact lenses are right for you.
  • Keep your glasses with you
    Keeping your glasses close at hand, especially during holidays, lets your eyes rest when they need to. Whenever contact lenses hurt or cause discomfort you should remove them and, if you have your glasses close by, this will be easier to do.
  • Always wear sunglasses, even with contact lenses with UV protection
    Even contact lenses with UV protection do not block all UV rays that are harmful to your eyes. Wearing sunglasses with UV protection helps to reduce strain and damage to eyes and vision. Talk to your Optometrist about the types of outdoor activities you practice so that he can assess your risk of exposure and recommend the right protection for you.
  • Buy contact lenses from legitimate sources
    Are you going to buy contact lenses? Check the sales location. Some lenses sold may not be approved through the appropriate channels. In addition, both non-corrective contact lenses and prescription contact lenses must be prescribed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist, who will make sure the lenses fit and take care of your eye's health needs.

Remember, taking care of your contact lenses means taking care of your eyes. Always talk to your specialist about purchasing contact lenses and about using and taking care to keep your eyes healthy.

Nothing in this article should be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace a health professional’s recommendations. For specific questions, consult your eye care professional.

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The adaptation of contact lenses must always be done by a specialist, as contact lenses are medical devices and must be treated as such.