Soft Contact Lenses
Different contact lens types are designed to be worn for different lengths of time, ranging from a daily replacement schedule to lenses that can be worn overnight. Our expert optometrists will advise you on the ideal schedule when they prescribe your contact lenses.
Types of Soft Contact Lenses
- Daily Disposable Soft Contact Lenses
- Fortnightly or Monthly Disposable Soft Contact Lenses
- Astigmatic or Toric Soft Contact Lenses
- Multifocal & Extended Depth of Focus Contact Lenses
- Extended Wear Soft Contact Lenses
- Conventional Soft Contact Lenses
How to Insert & Remove Soft Contact Lenses
Tips for inserting and removing soft contact lenses
- Whatever’s on your hands when you touch your contacts will wind up in your eyes
- Wash your hands with soap and dry them thoroughly before handling your contact lenses. Avoid using cream or oil-based soaps and lotions before touching your contacts, as these can contaminate your lenses or leave an oily film
- When inserting your contacts, start with the same eye every time. You’ll be less likely to switch the lenses by mistake and, yes, like your shoes, your left and right contact lenses are different.
- Remove your contacts if you experience pain or discomfort
How to Clean & Store Your Soft Contact Lenses
Various solutions are available, including contact lens multipurpose solutions that clean, disinfect and store contact lenses. Disposable and soft conventional (non-disposable) contact lenses should be cleaned and disinfected according to the directions of your optometrist and supplier.
They remove any build-up of unwanted deposits, such as oils and proteins. If these deposits are left on your lenses, you may feel discomfort or eye irritation and your contacts may not last as long as they should.
Tips for cleaning & storing soft contact lenses
– Use a fresh, contact lens cleaning solution every time.
– Don’t use tap or sterile water, saliva, saline solution or rewetting drops. None of these serves to disinfect and properly clean your contact lenses.
– Rub your contact lenses with your fingers, and rinse them with a fresh cleaning solution afterwards. Studies have shown that “rub and rinse” is the best way of cleaning contact lenses. Don’t let fingernails touch your lenses. Nails aren’t only sharp; they’re a great haven for germs and dirt.
– Rinse your contact lens case with fresh solution, and leave it overturned and open to dry.
– Don’t clean your case with water, which can contain impurities and microorganisms. Also, don’t leave your case near the toilet or in humid places, which allow mildew and germs to build up.
Things you should never do
- Wear contact lenses if your eyes are red or sore, or your vision is blurry
- Insert contact lenses if they are damaged
- Keep disposable contact lenses longer than instructed by your optometrist
- Use contact lens solution after its expiry date
- Change contact lens solution types or disinfection procedures without consulting your optometrist
- Use tap water or saliva on your contact lenses
- Use medicated drops on contact lenses without your optometrist’s approval
- Sleep with daily wear contact lenses in, or wear them more than once
- Wear another person’s contact lenses
Purchase contact lenses from legitimate sources
Buying your contacts online? Check out the place of business. Some lenses sold on the Internet may not be approved by the proper channels. Also, both non-corrective and prescription contact lenses need to be prescribed by an optometrist, who will make sure that the lenses fit and look after the health needs of your eyes.