The two main types of contact lens are rigid gas-permeable or soft. Instructions for using and caring for your lenses will vary accordingly. It's vital to follow your practitioner's instructions.
Reusable contact lenses
For lenses that are re-used, rather than worn once and discarded, the following guidance applies.
After removing your contact lenses it's essential that you disinfect them as this prevents harmful organisms building up on the lens. Your practitioner will advise you on the best contact lens system and care regime. This may include extra cleaning procedures, such as rubbing or rinsing.
A dirty case is a major source of infection.
Case care tips:
Daily disposable lenses require no cleaning or disinfection because the lenses are worn only once and thrown away. Don't re-use these lenses as they're unsuitable for repeated use. Even if you wear daily disposables, it's still important to have regular check-ups with your practitioner.
Extended-wear lenses are specially designed for overnight wear, and can be worn continuously for up to a month before being discarded. Don't sleep while wearing lenses unless your practitioner advises it. They will also advise you on how to look after the lenses if you need to remove them temporarily. You may need more frequent check-ups if you wear this type of lens.
All types of contact lens
You should always:
Ask yourself these three important questions when wearing your lenses:
If you can't answer ‘yes’ to all of these, or you have any other doubts about your contact lenses, remove them immediately and talk to your practitioner.
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