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Basic Tips to Clean Your Contact Lenses

Keeping your contact lenses clean is vital to protecting your eyes from infection and disease, particularly if you are wearing weekly, or monthly lenses.

In this article, we provide a guide to cleaning your contact lenses with multi-purpose solution, along with additional eye care tips.

Ensure clean hands

The first stage, and a vital one, is to thoroughly wash your hands before touching your eyes, or lenses. This should be performed with soap and water, without any additional hand cream or lotions applied afterward.


The most popular method for cleaning contact lenses is with multi-purpose solution, as this product can be used for cleaning, rinsing and storing your contact lenses.

The first step, after ensuring that you have clean hands, is to remove one of the contact lenses from your case and place it in the palm of your hand. The part of the contact lens that touches your eye should be facing upwards, ready to be cleaned.

You then need to apply a couple of drops of solution onto the lens, which should be the same part of the lens that touches your eye. With your other hand, take your finger and gently rub the lens in a circular motion, which is a method that helps to remove any dirt or debris from the lens.


Following the rub, you can then use your multi-purpose solution to liberally rinse the contact lens, before putting it back into your case, which should be filled with fresh and clean solution. The same process is then repeated for your other contact lens, in order to complete the cleaning task.

VoilĂ , you have successfully followed a guide to cleaning your contact lenses with multi-purpose solution, so what other eye care tips are there?

Change solution daily

One of the main errors that people make in relation to their contact lens hygiene, is that they reuse solution over numerous days. This is highly warned against, as it increases the risk of eye infections and other complications.

Saline solution

It is important to be aware that saline solution is not the same as multi-purpose solution, as it does not have the same disinfecting and cleaning properties. Instead, it is primarily used for storing your lenses, when used in addition to other disinfecting and cleaning methods.

Clean and replace contact lens case

Lastly, and one area that a guide to cleaning your contact lenses can often leave out, is the importance of regularly cleaning and replacing your contact lens storage case. It is generally advised to change your case every three months or so, while routinely cleaning it with solution is also highly recommended.

Further guidance

The advice given above is only a guide to cleaning your contact lenses with multi-purpose solution, with it being recommended to consult your eye doctor or optometrist for your own specific contact lens cleaning requirements, as yours may differ to the above.