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How to care for your new contact lenses

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Congratulations on the purchase of your new contact lenses from Black Gates. As optometrists, we know the importance of maintaining optimal eye health. When you wear contact lenses, taking the best care of your lenses is crucial to your eye health.

Here are our guidelines on how to care for your new lenses.

1.  Always Wash Your Hands

Hygiene is paramount when it comes to using contact lenses.

Before handling your contacts, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water, then rinse and dry them well. This can help to prevent the transfer of bacteria and other contaminants to both your contact lenses and directly and indirectly to your eyes.

This Ministry of Health webpage gives some good guidance on how to wash your hands properly.

2.  Use The Right Contact Lens Solution

When cleaning your contacts, use only the correct contact lens care solution. Some solutions are better than others and your solution may be specific to the needs of your eyes. This could be due to allergies, dry eye or other sensitivities that you have.

You should avoid void using water for soaking and cleaning your contacts as it normally contains chlorine which is an irritant and can contain bacteria and other contaminants that aren’t good for your eyes.

3.  Store Your Contact Lenses Properly

When not in use, store your contacts in their case filled with fresh contact lens solution. You should replace the solution in your contact lens case regularly. If the bottle of solution doesn’t say on it how often it should be changed, then at least every 30 days is a good frequency.

Give your contact lens case a good clean, rinse and dry when you replace the solution, and don’t forget to change your contact lens case occasionally.

4.  Follow the Replacement Schedule

When you get your contact lenses from Black Gates, your optometrist will tell you how often you need replace them. It is extremely important to follow the replacement schedule. Don’t be tempted to get a bit of extra time from your lenses. Wearing contact lenses past their recommended replacement schedule can increase the risk of eye infections and other complications.

Have you got any questions or need some advise about your contact lenses? We’re here to help.

In conclusion, proper care is essential to getting the most out of your new contact lenses and maintaining optimal eye health. To care for your contacts, wash your hands, use contact lens solution, store them properly, and follow the recommended replacement schedule.

If you have any questions about caring for your new contact lenses, we recommend scheduling an appointment with your Black Gates optometrist to discuss proper care and maintenance.

You may also like to view these instructional videos on contact lens care, on the Black Gates Optometrists website.