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How to clean your hands when handling contact lenses

Washing hands

Clean hands are very important when touching and handling your contact lenses. It will help to stop infections and germs from getting into your eyes and making them sore.

Image of liquid soap in flat palm

1. Use tablet or liquid soap and rub onto your palms.

Image of palms rubbing soap together to work up a lather

2. Rub your palms together working up a lather.

Image of fingers interlinked during handwashing

3. Slip your fingers between each other and rub together making sure you rub to the bottom of your fingers.

Image of one hand on top of another washing the back of the hand

4. Wash the back of the fingers and hands by clasping them together.

Image of fingertips circling upturned palm during handwashing

5. Wash your fingertips of each hand by rubbing them in your palms.

Image of two fists together cleaning nails during handwashing

6. Don’t forget your nails too!

Image of hand clasped around thumb during handwashing

7. Rub each finger in turn, concentrating on the fore fingers and thumb.

Image of drying hands with a clean towel after handwashing

8. Dry your hands well with a clean towel.


It does not take much time to clean your hands well.

You must get into the habit of washing your hands every time you put your lenses into your eyes and take them out.

  • Clean hands help to stop eye infections.
  • You must always take good care of your contact lenses.
  • If your eyes get sore then you must take out your contact lenses and put them into a clean contact lens case and tell your parent or carer.
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Please note this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s. The details in this resource may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If you have specific questions about how this resource relates to your child, please ask your doctor.

Resource number: EYE32

Resource Type: Article

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