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Get Tips for Handling Your Contact Lenses from Eye to Eye Optometry Clinic

Proper care and handling of contact lenses is imperative if you want to wear contacts comfortably and safely. Following are instructions provided for our new contact lens wearers at Eye to Eye Optometry Clinic in Edmonton. These tips can be a good reminder for long-term wearers as well.

Cleaning Contacts

  • Always wash, rinse, and dry YOUR HANDS before handling your contact lenses.
  • Insert contact lenses before applying MAKE-UP, and remove lenses before washing off MAKE-UP.
  • Once per week, wash your contact lens CASE with soapy water, rinse well with warm water, and then allow it to air dry.
  • Replace your contact lens CASE every one to three months, depending on how clean you keep it. If the inside or outside of the case looks dirty, if there is any discolouration of your case, or if it leaks, it should be replaced immediately.

Contacts & Solutions

  • Do not use anything other than those RECOMMENDED by your eyecare provider to clean/store your contact lenses (i.e.: no tap water, no saliva, no homemade solutions, no bottled water, NO ANYTHING ELSE). Using inappropriate products can cause toxic reactions on your eyes and/or severe vision-threatening infections.
  • NEVER MIX solution types or brands, as they don’t all work the same, and there may be adverse reactions from chemical interactions.
  • Always use FRESH solution. Never re-use or top up solution from a previous day.
  • Do not use EXPIRED solutions.
  • If you wear monthly or annual replacement contact lenses and are STORING your contact lenses for long intervals, the solutions should be changed at least once per week.
  • Keep solutions at ROOM TEMPERATURE – don’t let them freeze or get too hot.
  • To AVOID CONTAMINATION, do not touch the dropper tip of the solution bottle to any surface.
  • Do not use EYE DROPS other than those designed for use with contact lenses.

Contacts & Health Issues

  • NEVER SHARE contact lenses with anyone else.
  • Do not wear your contact lenses when you are SICK.
  • Do not wear your contact lenses when SWIMMING, in HOT TUBS, or SHOWERING. Contact lenses can become contaminated in these environments, which may lead to painful and/or vision-threatening conditions.
  • If you have persistent blurriness, redness, soreness, dryness, itching, or discomfort, remove your contact lenses and CONTACT OUR OFFICE.
  • ANNUAL ASSESSMENTS of your contact lenses/eye health are REQUIRED, even once your initial fitting appointments have been completed.

Preventing Lost/Torn Contact Lenses

  • When working over a SINK, cover the DRAIN to prevent loss if the contact lenses are dropped.
  • Ensure that the contact lens is all the way in the case BEFORE CLOSING the lid to prevent catching the lens between the case and the lid. With a flat case, this can be done by squirting a small amount of solution on top of the lens once it is in the case.
  • Avoid contact with FINGERNAILS when handling the contact lens.
  • When rubbing the contact lens, use a BACK-AND-FORTH motion instead of a circular motion.

Contacts Wearing Schedule

Most modern contact lenses can be worn every day, most of the day. However, some brands/materials do not allow enough breathability for wearing every day. Also, certain health factors may limit the amount you can wear your contact lenses. Wearing contacts longer each day than you have been advised can lead to complications ranging from temporary discomfort to permanent scarring/vision loss. Stick to the wearing time your eyecare professional recommends.


DO NOT SLEEP with your contact lenses in unless your eye care professional instructs you it is safe to do so.

Contacts Disposal

Your eye care professional will advise you regarding how frequently your contact lenses need to be disposed of once your fitting appointments have been completed. This disposal interval will be determined by considering both the manufacturer’s recommended schedule and our assessment of your eye health and contact lens condition at your fitting appointments. Failure to comply with these instructions greatly increases your risk of infections, scratches on your eyes, and/or painful inflammatory conditions.

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