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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.

Handwashing steps with illustrations


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 NHS FT. These details may not 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 this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: EYE32

Resource Type: Article

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