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Frequently Asked Questions



How long will it take to get used to con­tact lenses?


It can take any­where from one day to a cou­ple of weeks, depend­ing on the person.


Can I use hair­spray with my lenses?


Make sure you put your lenses in after you use your hair­spray. Aerosols and pump sprays are sticky and can really mess up your lenses.


Can I use make-​up with my lenses?


Yes you can, but to min­imise dis­com­fort or your make up being ruined we rec­om­mend that you fol­low these sim­ple guidelines:

  • put your lenses on before you put your make-​up on, and if you can, use oil-​free and fra­grance free make-​up
  • replace your make-​up fre­quently, we rec­om­mend mas­cara every 3 months, eye­liner every 3 months and eye shadow every 6 months
  • use water-​resistant mas­cara and eye­liner to pre­vent flak­ing and smudg­ing. And avoid lash-​building fibres as they can cause irri­ta­tion if they get under­neath your lenses.


Can I use glit­ter when wear­ing my con­tact lenses?


Lotions, pow­ders and gels with bits of glit­ter look fab­u­lous when you put them on — but the tiny, shiny specks can get into your eyes and cause irri­ta­tion and prob­lems with your con­tact lenses. When you’ve applied your glit­tery gel, be care­ful not to touch your eyes — and wash the glit­ter off your hands right away.


Can I shower or swim in con­tact lenses ?


Always use appro­pri­ate swim­ming gog­gles if con­tact lenses are worn while swim­ming. Swim­ming gog­gles not only pro­tect against lens loss from swim­ming under water, but they may also offer some pro­tec­tion from the environment.

Ide­ally, you should take out your con­tact lenses when­ever you swim or shower. If you don’t, you could get an eye infection.

A swim­ming pool envi­ron­ment and the sea are loaded with bac­te­ria and micro-​organisms which could get in con­tact with your eyes. Swim­ming with con­tact lenses in puts your eyes at risk of infec­tion vs. swim­ming with­out your con­tact lenses.


How long can I wear my con­tact lenses?


Your eye care pro­fes­sional will rec­om­mend the length of time each day that your lenses can be worn.

There isn’t a sim­ple answer. With con­tact lenses it isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Your eye care pro­fes­sional will make a judg­ment based on your lifestyle and will dis­cuss your wear­ing sched­ule with you. If you think you might be wear­ing your lenses longer than you should, or would like to wear them longer then talk it through with your eye care professional.


Can I store or clean con­tact lenses with tap water?


Never use any­thing other than con­tact lens solu­tion to clean your lenses.

Con­tact lenses should never be stored in tap water, nor should they be rinsed with tap water. Tap water con­tains micro-​organisms that can latch onto the lenses, encour­ag­ing eye infec­tions — which if left untreated can lead to per­ma­nent vision loss. Make sure you always use a lens solu­tion. See how to wear and care for your lenses here. Tap water should also never come into con­tact with your lens case for the same rea­sons and you should always use a con­tact lens solu­tion to clean your lens case.


Can I re-​use the solu­tion in the stor­age case?


You should never re-​use your con­tact lens solu­tion. You should throw it out, rinse out your case with fresh solu­tion, and let it air dry. See how to wear and care for your lenses here.


Marieke van Nieuwkerk
Brand Manager
087 820 7002



Bronwen Coleman
Marketing Manager
087 820 7002



Claudia Marais
National Sales Manager Surgical
087 820 7002



Marianne Oosthuizen
Responsible Pharmacist
087 820 7002


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Johan­nes­burg, South Africa
Tele­phone:+27 11 087 0000 / 087 820 7002
Email: m.vannieuwkerk@bausch.co.za

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