Contact Lens Care Guide
Colored Contact Lens Information & Safety
Colored contact lenses are safe and easy to wear. It is however important to use and clean them correctly, in order to prevent eye irritation. Fortunately contact lenses are easy to take care of and this page will show you how. The majority of discomfort caused by contact lenses is in fact due to improper cleaning. As long as you keep your lenses clean and follow the manufacturer’s instructions, colored contact lenses are safe and comfortable to wear.
Using Our Colored Contact Lenses
Maintaining good hygiene is essential when wearing contact lenses. Improperly cleaned contact lenses can introduce bacteria to your eyes, leading to irritation. Clean your lenses before and after wearing and cease wearing if you experience any discomfort. If the discomfort persists, consult an optician.
Our colored contact lenses are designed for healthy eyes. You should not wear our contact lenses if you are suffering from any eye-related illness or complaint. If in doubt, please consult your optician.
How To Put In Contact Lenses
To insert your colored contact lenses, follow these simple steps. You will need a mirror, tissues, contact lens solution and your contact lenses.
- Wash your hands.
- Remove the first lens from its packaging and place in the palm of your hand.
- Add a few drops of lens solution to the contact lens and gently rub the lens in the solution.
- Check that the lens is clean. If not, repeat step 3.
- Place the lens on the tip of your index finger with the printed side of the lens facing downwards. The lens should appear smoothly curved, not bent or rigid.
- Use a tissue to dry the eye area and your other fingertips.
- Use your other fingers to pull your upper eyelid up and your lower eyelid down.
- Looking directly ahead, place the lens onto the centre of your eye. You should feel the lens touch and settle on your eye.
- Release your eyelids and look to the left and right. Blink a couple of times and look in the mirror. The lens should be in the centre of your eye, over the iris.
- Repeat with the second lens and other eye.
How To Remove Contact Lenses
Removing your colored contact lenses is very easy, but it is important to clean and store your lenses correctly after wearing. To do so, follow these simple instructions. You will need a clean contact lens case and contact lens solution, also see our piece below on soft tipped contact lens tweezers.
- Wash your hands.
- Open your eye wide and look straight ahead – pull back the eyelid a little.
- Place your index finger on lens and move it towards the outer corner of your eye. As you do so, gently pick up the lens using a “pinching” action with your finger and thumb. The lens should come away easily. If it does not, take a deep breath, blink a few times and try again.
- Place the lens in the palm of your hand and add a little lens solution to it.
- Gently rub the lens in the solution. It should appear clean. If not, repeat.
- Place the lens in the contact lens case and repeat with the other lens.
- Fill the case with solution before closing
Every colored contact lens has a “life span”. This is how long you can keep the lens after opening it. The lens can be worn repeatedly, but must be discarded when its life span ends.
Colored Contact Lens Safety Tips
- Check your lenses before and after use to ensure that they are clean and undamaged. Discard damaged lenses immediately.
- Never wear a damaged or dirty contact lens.
- Only wear contact lenses for the duration of their life span. Discard once the life span ends.
- Check the expiry date before opening. Never use expired lenses.
- Check the lens packaging before opening. If the packaging is open or damaged, do not wear the lenses.
- Clean contact lenses before and after wearing.
- Store in a clean contact lens case Ð use a new case for each new pair of lenses.
- Use only contact lens solution to clean your lenses. Never use water on contact lenses, as this will damage them.
- Never share contact lenses with someone else.
- You can wear colored contact lenses for up to 8 hours at a time. Wearing them for longer may lead to irritation.
- Wearing contact lenses whilst not properly hydrated may lead to discomfort. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol.
Benefits of Contact Lens Tweezers
If you wear colored contacts or Halloween contact lenses regularly, you may prefer to utilise contact lens tweezers to handle your lenses. Contact lens tweezers are soft-tipped tweezers that you can use to pick up your lenses. Tweezers make it easy to handle your colored contacts and prevent accidental damage. Some contact lenses can be very delicate and it is easy to scratch or rip a lens. This is especially true if you have long finger nails – you should never use your nails to pick up your contact lenses. Soft tipped contact lens tweezers are very gentle on the lens and ensure that your lens is not damaged in anyway.
Contact lens tweezers also make it easy to maintain good contact lens hygeine. Every time you touch a contact lens, you run the risk of introducing bacteria and irritating particles to the lens. You can, of course, reduce this risk by washing your hands thoroughly, but contact lens tweezers reduce the risk even further. They are easy to clean and lead to less contact between the contact lens and your fingers. Lens tweezers are cheap and easy to use and available for sale on our site.
Colored Contact Lens Cases
Whether you wear Colored Contacts or Halloween Contacts, you will need a contact lens case to store them in. Most colored contacts are sold in packaging that cannot be resealed, so if you want to wear your lenses again, you’ll need to buy a storage case. Regardless of which contact lens case you choose, the most important thing is to make sure that both the case and your lenses are kept clean and in good condition. We recommend using a new contact lens case for each pair of lenses. You should never share a contact lens case with other people or use a case that is damaged. When you buy a new case, rinse it out with contact lens solution. Some cases can be boiled or sterilised, but some cannot, so please check the label before doing so.
How to clean Colored Contact Lenses
Learning how to clean your colored contacts correctly is one of the most important things that you can do to protect your eyes. By cleaning your lenses properly you will protect your eyes, reduce the risks associated with wearing contact lenses and make sure that they always feel comfortable to wear. Fortunately it is easy to do!
This is a basic method that you can use to clean any reusable colored contact lenses. Reusable contact lenses are designed to be worn repeatedly and must be cleaned and stored correctly between wearing. To clean your colored contact lenses you will need a bottle of contact lens solution.
Wash your hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap. Place the lens in the palm of your hand and a few drops of the contact lens solution; use enough solution to completely cover the lens. Use a fingertip to gently rub the lens, use a circular motion to rub the lens in the solution for at least a minute. Inspect the contact lens. It should appear clean, with no visible dirt on the lens. The lens should have a curved shape and the edges should be smooth. check the lens for any damage, never wear a damaged lens. If you can see any dirt on the lens, repeat the process using fresh contact lens solution. Once the lens is clean, you can either wear or store it. Be sure to store your colored contact lenses in a clean contact lens case again with fresh contact lens solution.
How long can I wear Colored Contacts for?
When you wear Halloween Contacts or Colored Contacts for the first time, it is important to know how long you should wear them for. Most colored contacts are not designed to be worn for long periods. If you wear them for longer than recommended you run the risk of discomfort, eye irritation and difficulty when it comes to removing your lenses. So how long should you wear your new Halloween Contacts for? Most colored contacts are designed to be worn for up to eight hours at a time. Prescription contact lenses can normally be worn for longer. We recommend wearing your new lenses for a maximum of eight hours at a time in order to keep your eyes healthy.
Colored Contact Lens ‘Life Span’ and Expiry Dates
If you look at the packaging of your Halloween Contacts you will see an expiry date or instruction to disgard your lenses after a certain period of time. Most colored contacts last for either a month, 3 months or 1 year. This is the ‘life span’ of those particular contact lenses. It means once you have opened the lenses, you can wear them as many times as you like within that period. You must disgard the lenses once that time has passed. Colored contact lens life spans can vary, so always check the packaging when you purchase your lenses.
Ooops, I wore my Colored Contacts for too long – what now?
If you accidentally wear your colored contact lenses for more than eight hours, it is imperative that you remove your contact lenses immediately. You may find that your eyes are sore or dry, but this should go away if you remove your lenses and give your eyes the chance to recover. Do not wear lenses for at least 48 hours and use eye drops to reduce irritation if necessary.
What if your contact lens gets stuck in your eye? This may happen if you wear contact lenses for too long, due to your eyes drying out. The best way to remove a lens is to rinse your eye with sterile contact lens solution. This will soften the lens and help it to move to the front of your eye. You can then remove it as normal. If you still cannot remove the contact lens, seek the help of a professional. Most optometrists will remove a stuck contact lens, even if you are not registered with the practice.