Contact lens hygiene tips to avoid putting health at risk

Hand hygiene has never been more important than now – especially when it comes to touching our face and eyes.

That is why Specsavers is reminding people of the correct way to handle contact lenses and minimise the risk of issues or infections.

Research shows that although 85% of people think they comply with hygiene advice, only 32 percent of people actually take proper care of their lenses, which means the majority of wearers are potentially putting their eye health at risk.

“It’s important that good hygiene is always followed when handling contact lenses. You wouldn’t put something dirty into your mouth so why would you do the same with your eyes?

“Clean, dry hands should always be used when putting in and taking out lenses and always rub, rinse and store your lenses in the recommended solution too.” Kerril Hickey, Specsavers Ireland Chairman and optician, said.

Here, Specsavers shares its top tips on looking after your contacts to make sure you keep your eyes healthy and free from bacteria and infection:

Always wash and dry your hands before handling your contact lenses

Don’t share your contact lenses

Don’t sleep in your lenses unless you’ve been advised to do so

Don’t use tap water or any other water on your lenses or case

Apply your lenses before putting on makeup

Don’t swim with your lenses in

Keep your eyes closed when using hairspray

Don’t wear your lenses in the shower

It is recommended that everyone has an eye test every two years and contact lenses have a check-up at least every two years.

For further information or to book an appointment visit your local Specsavers store at Golden Island Shopping Centre, Athlone, or log onto


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