Contact Lenses 101: Do’s And Don’ts

Ninety-nine percent of contact lens wearers polled acknowledged having poor lens-hygiene habits. One-third of those surveyed have seen a doctor because of a red or sore eye caused by their contact lenses. Microbial keratitis, or inflammation of the cornea caused by microorganisms in the eye, is more prevalent in contact lens wearers. Inadequate cleaning and other poor behaviours can cause a variety of issues, including eye discomfort and infection.

Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do when wearing and caring for your contacts.


While putting and using contact lenses, do the following:

  • Always properly wash and rinse your hands before handling your lenses or touching your eyes. Use a moderate non-cosmetic (oil and fragrance-free) soap and a lint-free cloth or tissues to dry your hands.
  • After removing your lenses, clean them as directed by your eye care professional. Use just the solutions that have been advised.
  • At least once a week, clean your lens storage case with warm soapy water. Then, thoroughly rinse and dry with a clean tissue.
  • Work on a clean, level surface while handling your lenses. For example, if you’re working over a sink, put the plugin.
  • If you drop a lens, clean and rinse it well before reapplying it.
  • Keep in mind the significance of proper blinking. Blinking frequently and carefully will assist you in keeping the lens wet and clean.
  • If you have any unexplained redness, pain, discomfort, change in vision, excessive weeping, light sensitivity, or unusual eye secretions, consult your eye care practitioner.
  • Even if there is still a solution left, discard all solutions one month after opening.
  • If possible, keep your storage case and solution with you at all times.
  • Maintain your spectacles in good condition so that you can use them if you lose or break a lens or if you are advised not to use lenses for an extended length of time.
  • When swimming with contact lenses, wear swimming goggles.
  • Wear protective glasses or goggles whenever you are in a position where dust, grit, or other foreign matter might enter your eyes, such as when biking, gardening, sanding or grinding, or working in a dusty environment.
  • Suppose you have been in a scenario where foreign matter might have entered your eye, clean and replace your lenses. If you are unsure whether you have comprehensively eliminated any foreign issue, consult with your eye care practitioner.

Use of make-up with contact lenses: what to do

  • After you’ve inserted your lenses, apply cosmetics.
  • Apply eye make-up sparingly and carefully to avoid damaging or spoiling a lens.
  • Only use eye make-up on the outside of the lids, not the inside.
  • Remove your contact lenses before removing your make-up.
  • Remove all make-up using an oil-free hypoallergenic remover regularly.
  • If you get make-up on your lenses, clean them right away.
  • Make sure you use oil-free and fragrance-free eye make-up.
  • To avoid flaking and excessive smudging, use waterproof, non-oily mascara. Mascara containing fibres that thicken lashes should be avoided.
  • To avoid contamination, replace mascara and eyeliner items every three to six months.


  • If you’re unwell, keep wearing your contacts.
  • If your eyes are unpleasant or abnormally red, keep wearing your lenses.
  • To clean or moisten a lens, place it in your mouth.
  • To soak or rinse your lenses, use tap water.
  • While using contact lenses, vigorously rub your eyes.
  • Mix and match your lenses. Before attempting the left lens, always deal with the right lens first, whether inserting or removing it and check it safely on your eye or in the storage container.
  • Do not overheat your lenses or storage case.
  • If you have red, swollen, or infected eyes, use cosmetics.
  • Allow your lens to come into touch with make-up.
  • To lubricate the make-up applicator, use water or saliva. However, this might result in an infection.
  • Apply eyeliner to the inside of your upper eyelid.
  • Use an oil-based remover.
  • If you have any allergies, use make-up that contains preservatives.
  • You not should share cosmetics.
  • Heat should be applied to cosmetics.
  • After lens installation, use aerosols with your eyes open.


We’ve separated contact lens care into four categories: application, cleaning and hygiene, lifestyle, and disposal, whether you’re a first-time contact lens wearer or a seasoned veteran.

You should take care of your contact lens and also your eyes. By using these helpful tips, you will be just fine. Visit for more.

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