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Dos and Don'ts of Contact Lenses

When it comes to contact lenses, there is a lot more to think about than just inserting and removing them each day.

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When it comes to contact lenses, there is a lot more to think about than just inserting and removing them each day. Contact lenses need using and caring for properly to maintain comfort, vision, and good eye health.


We have put together a list of dos and don’ts for contact lens wearers to ensure their lenses and eyes are properly cared for.


DO attend your regular aftercare appointments. Your Optometrist will check your prescription and assess the health of the eyes, including the surface of the eye.

DO stick to the instructions given to you about your contact lenses, including how long to wear your lenses, solutions and cleaning.

DO remove your contact lenses if your eyes are sore, itchy or burning.

DO remove your contact lenses before going to sleep, unless you have been instructed that you can sleep in your contact lenses.

DO replace your contact lenses if they become damaged or torn.

DO dispose of your contact lenses and solution that are past the expiry date.

DO make sure you have an up-to-date pair of glasses for when you don’t want to or can’t wear your contact lenses.


DON’T use water or saliva to clean your contact lenses or wet them.

DON’T expose your contact lenses to sprays such as hairspray, close your eyes before spraying.

DON’T wear your contact lenses when using eye medication or medicated eye drops.

DON’T share your contact lenses with anyone.

DON’T wear your contact lenses in water. Remove them for any water based activity such as showering, swimming, water sports etc.

DON’T forget to wash and dry your hands thoroughly before handling contact lenses.


It is really important to ensure you attend your appointments, and maintain the recommended wear schedule and cleaning regime to keep your lenses clean, vision clear and eyes healthy. For more information about contact lenses and appropriate contact lens care, contact your local MKO today. 

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