Caring for Your Contact Lenses

Contact lenses offer a convenient and comfortable alternative to traditional eyewear. However, maintaining good hygiene and proper caring for your contact lenses is essential to ensure optimal eye health and vision. In this blog post, we’ll explore the dos and don’ts of caring for your contact lenses, helping you enjoy clear vision while minimising the risk of eye infections and discomfort.


  1. Wash Your Hands Thoroughly: Before handling your contact lenses, wash your hands with mild soap and water. This helps prevent the transfer of dirt, oils, and bacteria to your lenses and, subsequently, your eyes.
  2. Use Recommended Solutions: Always use the contact lens solution recommended by your eye care professional. Different solutions may not be compatible with your lenses or could cause irritation.
  3. Follow the Recommended Replacement Schedule: Whether you wear daily, bi-weekly, or monthly lenses, adhere to the prescribed replacement schedule. Over wearing lenses can lead to discomfort and increased risk of infection.
  4. Clean and Disinfect Properly: Clean your lenses regularly with the recommended solution. Rub and rinse each lens individually, and use a clean case to disinfect them overnight. Replace your lens case when required to avoid bacterial buildup.
  5. Keep Your Lens Case Clean: Rinse your lens case with solution after each use and let it air dry. Avoid using water to clean the case, as tap water may contain impurities that can harm your lenses and eyes.
  6. Remove Your Lenses Before Sleeping: Unless your eye care professional advises otherwise, avoid sleeping in your contact lenses. Sleeping with lenses increases the risk of eye infections and reduces the flow of oxygen to your corneas.
  7. Stay Hydrated: Adequate hydration helps maintain moisture in your eyes and lenses. Drink enough water throughout the day to prevent discomfort and dryness.
  8. Don’t let your lenses dry out: Use comfort drops when necessary with your lenses. If your lenses feel dry then it it probably too late!


  1. Use Tap Water on Your Lenses: Never use tap water to clean or store your contact lenses. Tap water may contain harmful microorganisms that can lead to eye infections.
  2. Extend the Lifespan of Disposable Lenses: Disposable lenses are designed for a specific duration. Do not attempt to extend their use beyond the recommended time frame, as this can compromise eye health.
  3. Reuse Solution in the Case: Discard the solution in your lens case after each use. Reusing solution can lead to bacterial contamination and increase the risk of eye infections.
  4. Use Saliva or Homemade Solutions: Avoid using saliva or homemade solutions to moisten your lenses. These substances can introduce harmful bacteria to your eyes.
  5. Wear Lenses While Swimming: Remove your contact lenses before swimming in pools, hot tubs, or any body of water. Waterborne microorganisms can adhere to lenses, increasing the risk of eye infections. Even if you aren’t planning on going under the water, we do not advise you wear your lenses in water.
  6. Ignore Discomfort or Redness: If you experience persistent discomfort, redness, or any unusual symptoms, remove your lenses immediately and consult your eye care professional. Ignoring such signs can lead to more serious issues.

Proper care and maintenance of your contact lenses are crucial for preserving eye health and ensuring a comfortable vision experience. By following these dos and don’ts, you’ll be taking important steps toward enjoying the benefits of contact lenses while minimising the risk of complications. If you ever have questions or concerns about your contact lens care routine, don’t hesitate to consult with your eye care professional for personalised guidance.

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Glasses or Contact Lenses?

When coming in for an eye test – do you find it hard to decide between a pair of glasses or contact lenses?

If you feel like your eye prescription has changed then you should be advised to book an appointment for an eye test. Once you have had your initial eye test, sometimes the hardest part is deciding what to do next. Our experienced opticians and ophthalmologists will advise on the options for action, depending on the results they find. Often that will come down to simply choosing some new spectacles, or perhaps choosing to try contact lenses for the first time.

Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses are prescription lenses that correct error in eyesight and maintain eye health.

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There are many types of contact lenses you could have and choosing which are best for you can often be the hardest part. Different types of lenses will have different purposes. We will be sure to discuss this all with you.

Many contact lenses can be changed daily, but some can be changed less often – we also have great monthly options.

Contact lenses are inserted onto the tear fluid on the eye surface so that they will move naturally with the movement of your eye. This is a huge benefit because once you are used to them; you will not notice they are even in your eye.

Many people will argue that the hardest part is learning how to insert them properly. When you come in, we will teach you how to fit them in an unrushed manner. Then we will offer you a trial before you commit to buying more.

This way, we know as well as you, that you will be completely satisfied and comfortable with their use and fit, before making the commitment. These can be paid for in monthly plans – or all in one go.

The Positives

  • A large range and selection to choose from.
  • Contact lenses will correct your vision, even taking into account astigmatism.
  • Can be adjusted to deal with long and short sight at once.
  • There are no frames to obstruct your view.
  • Perfect for sports and other physical activities.
  • No weather, such as fog, will affect vision.
  • Can be worn for different periods of time.

The Negatives

  • Can sometimes cause dry eyes.
  • Can become quickly irritated by dirt, or by something entering into the eye.
  • Require more care and maintenance than glasses.
  • They can take more time to get used to.

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Glasses are the alternative solution to correcting eyesight. They are also be prescribed by our expert opticians, after the initial eye exam. Meaning that we are able to correct your vision perfectly.

We offer many frames, from many brands – there will be definitely something that suits you.

People who are not confident using contact lenses or simply do not want to, will opt for wearing glasses. Or they may just not want to try contact lenses and prefer a pair of spectacles. It works by picking a frame and inserting the specially made lenses into them. Frames also have some aesthetic to them – people often choose glasses by what appeals to them, or the frames that suit them best. The prices vary dependent on type of lenses and brand of spectacles.

The Positives

  • Correct vision.
  • They can be adjusted for short and long sight.
  • Apart from keeping clean, they don’t need a huge amount of care.
  • No need for special cleaning solutions.
  • Don’t have to touch your eyes.
  • Many frames are can be chosen style.
  • If prescription stays the same, no need to replace the glasses.
  • Removeable at own leisure.

The Negatives

  • May not like the weight of glasses on your nose, or pressure on ears.
  • Can get in the way of an active lifestyle.
  • Glasses can be affected by the weather, for example: splattered in the rain.
  • Can become dirty or smeared quickly.
  • People may not like the way that glasses look.

The main difference with glasses is that you or another person, will know you are wearing them. We also offer 50% off the second pair of spectacles, just for supporting us, your local optician.

Both glasses or contact lenses do the same thing – it ultimately comes down to personal choice.

Book an appointment with us today for an initial eye test or contact lens appointment.

Alternatively, give us a call on 01323 442 062 to discuss the many options we have available to you.

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