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How Long Can I Wear Coloured Contacts For?


When you wear coloured contact lenses for the first time, it is important to know how long you can wear them for. Most coloured contact lenses 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 contact lenses. So how long should you wear them for? Most coloured contact lenses are designed to be worn for up to eight hours at a time. Prescription contact lenses can usually be worn for longer. I recommend wearing your coloured contact lenses for an absolute maximum of eight hours in order to keep your eyes healthy. Obviously there are more than 8 hours in a day, so wear your coloured contacts only for the time when you actually need them. For example, if you are wearing them for a costume party, simply insert your contacts just before the party as opposed to wearing them all day.

Contact Lens “Life Span” and Expiry Dates

If you look at the packaging of your coloured contact lenses you will see an expiry date or instruction to discard your lenses after a certain period. Most coloured contact lenses last for either 1 month, 3 months or 1 year. This is the “life span” of that particular contact lens. It means that once you open the lenses, you can wear them as many times as you like within that period. But you must discard your lenses when that time has passed. Contact lens life spans can vary, so always check the packaging or ask when you purchase your lenses.

Oops, I wore my contacts for too long! What now?

If you accidentally wear your contact lenses for more than 8 hours, it is imperative that you remove your contact lenses immediately. You may find that your eyes are dry or sore, but this should go away if you remove your lenses and give your eyes a chance to recover. Do not wear lenses for at least 48 hours and use eye drops to reduce irritation if necessary.

But what if the contact lens is stuck in your eye? This may happen if you wear your contact lenses for too long, due to the lens drying out. The lens can even become stuck under your top eyelid. The best way to remove a stuck contact 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 your coloured contact lens, seek the help of a professional. Most opticians will remove a stuck contact lens, even if you are not registered with the practice.


This post is part of a series on How To Wear Coloured Contact Lenses. Please click on the link to see all posts in the series.


How To Clean Coloured Contact Lenses


Learning how to clean your coloured contact lenses correctly is one of the most important things that your can do to protect your eyes. By cleaning your contact lenses properly you will protect your eyes, reduce the risks associated with wearing coloured contact lenses and make sure that they feel comfortable to wear. Fortunately, it very easy to do! This post will show you how to clean coloured contact lenses by following just a few simple steps. You can use this method to clean your lenses before and after you wear them, or if you accidentally drop a contact lens.

So why is it so important to clean your coloured contact lenses? First and foremost, it is important to remove bacteria and irritating particles from your coloured contact lenses before you put them in. Germs and particles will irritate your eyes and can even lead to infections. The second reason is that natural proteins from your eyes can build up on your contact lenses. This is completely normal and happens to everyone, but this residue needs to be removed after each wear. It is for this reason that you should clean your contact lenses after you remove them. Lastly, the act of cleaning your contact lenses ensures that they remain soft and comfortable to wear.

How To Clean Contact Lenses

This is a basic method that you can use to clean any reusable contact lenses. Reusable contact lenses are designed to be worn repeatedly and must be cleaned and stored correctly in between wearing. This simple method will remove germs, irritating particles (i.e. dust) and natural build-up. It will keep your contacts clean and comfortable to wear, thereby reducing the risk of eye irritation. To clean your contact lenses you will need a bottle of contact lens solution.

    1. Wash your hands thoroughly with anti-bacterial soap. You should always wash your hands before handling contact lenses or touching your eyes.
    2. Place the lens in the palm of one hand and add a few drops of contact lens solution. Add enough so that the lens is completely covered in solution.
    3. Use a fingertip to gently rub the contact lens in the solution. Use a circular motion to rub the lens for up to one minute.
      Inspect the contact lens. It should look clean, with no visible dirt on the lens. The lens should have a curved shape and the edges should look smooth. Check the lens for signs of damage – never wear a damaged contact lens. If you can see any visible dirt or particles, repeat the process using fresh contact lens solution.
    4. Once the lens looks clean you can either wear it or store it. Store your contact lenses in a clean contact lens case filled with fresh contact lens solution.


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Coloured Contact Lens Cases

No matter what type of coloured contact lenses you wear, you will need a contact lens case to store them in. Most colour contact lenses are sold in packaging that cannot be resealed, so if you want to wear the lenses again, you’ll need to buy a storage case. There are a few different types of contact lens cases available, but you can see the two most popular types below. 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. I 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 can not, so check the label before doing so.

Screw Top Coloured Contact Lens Case

Screw Top Coloured Contact Lens Case
Screw Top Coloured Contact Lens Case

A screw top contact lens case has separate compartments for the lenses and each compartment has its own screw-on lid. These lens cases are very easy to use and clean. They keep the lenses separate, which makes them easy to handle and pick up. The flat shape is easy to store and great for travel. Screw top coloured contact lens cases are widely available and very cheap, so they don’t add to much to the cost of wearing coloured lenses.


Barrel Coloured Contact Lens Case

Barrel Contact Lens Case
Barrel Contact Lens Case

This type of contact lens case is more associated with prescription contact lenses but is just as good for storing coloured contact lenses. Barrel lens cases have two flip-down sections in which the lenses are stored. The barrel is filled with contact lens solution, so the lenses are kept submerged in solution at all times. This type of contact lens case is a little more fiddly to use but allows the lenses to be surrounded by solution on all sides. They can be more fragile and therefore not as good for travel, but are still a great option for storing any contact lens.


This post is part of a series on How To Wear Coloured Contact Lenses. Please click on the link to see all posts in the series.


How To Wear Coloured Contact Lenses

How To Wear Coloured Contact Lenses

Welcome to our series on How To Wear Coloured Contact Lenses! Whether you wear coloured contacts every day or just on Halloween, it is very important to know how to wear, clean and store your contact lenses correctly. Incorrect use of coloured contact lenses can lead to eye irritation, but this can be avoided by doing your research before you wear them. You may have heard of some risks associated with wearing coloured contact lenses. You will be glad to hear that these risks can be avoided by looking after your lenses properly. As long as your coloured contact lenses are kept clean and stored correctly, the risk of eye irritation is very low indeed. In this series we will shoe you how to choose the right coloured contact lenses for your eyes, as well as how to wear them and keep your eyes healthy at the same time. Wearing coloured contact lenses is fun, but only if you also protect your eyes!

There are many different types and brands of coloured contact lenses available. So we will also be looking at which types of contact lenses look best on different eye colours and which will give you to best value for money. With so many to choose from, it’s always good to have a helping hand. So check back each week to learn more about how to wear coloured contact lenses.


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