Contact Lens Wear & Care
Do’s & Don’ts in Contact Lens Wear & Care
- Always wash your hands before handling contact lenses to reduce the chance of getting an infection.
- Remove your lenses immediately and consult your eye care professional if your eyes become red, irritated, or your vision changes.
- Always follow the directions of your eye care professional and all labelling instructions for proper use of contact lenses and lens care products.
- Use contact lens products and solutions recommended by your eye care professional.
- Monthly Lenses:Rub and rinse your contact lenses as directed by your eye care professional.
- Daily Lenses: Throw away your contact lens after a day of use. NEVER reuse the lens.
- Clean, rinse, and air dry your lens case each time lenses are removed. You may want to flip over your lens case while air drying so that excess solution can drain out of the case. Contact lens cases can be a source of bacterial growth.
- Replace your contact lens storage case every month.
- Have a yearly ( or more frequent if recommended by your eye care professional) eye exam
- Don’t use contact lens solutions that have gone beyond the expiration or discard date.
- Don’t “top-off” the solutions in your case. Always discard all of the leftover contact lens solution after each use. Never reuse any lens solution.
- Don’t expose your contact lenses to any water: tap, bottled, distilled, lake, or ocean water. Never use non-sterile water (distilled water, tap water, or any homemade saline solution).
- Don’t put your lenses in your mouth to wet them. Saliva is not a sterile solution.
- Don’t transfer contact lens solutions into smaller travel size containers. This can affect the sterility of the solution which can lead to an eye infection.
- Do not change contact lens solutions without discussing this with your eye care practitioner first.
- Do not sleep in your contact lenses.
Putting On your Lenses
Put the contact lens on the palm of your hand and make sure that it looks clean and that it is not torn, and the right way around. If the edges flare up slightly it is the wrong way around. Then put the contact lens on your forefinger. Using the forefinger on your opposite hand, firmly hold up the upper eyelid to prevent you from blinking. Then with the third finger on the hand in which you have the contact lens, firmly hold down your lower eyelid.
Gently place the contact lens onto your eye. Remove your fingers and close your eye for a few seconds. The contact lens should have slipped into place. Repeat on the other eye.
Taking out Your Lenses
Pull down your lower eyelid with your third finger. Place your fore finger on the bottom edge of your lens and slide it down to the white part of your eye. Gently pinch the contact lens between your finger and your thumb and remove the contact lens from your eye.
Cleaning Your Contact Lenses
Contact Lens Care Products keep the contact lens surface is clean and free of any deposits, disinfect the contact lens daily and prepare the contact lens for comfortable insertion into the eye.
Multipurpose lens care products perform all the above functions within one solution. It is important that contact lenses remain in the solution for at least the minimum storage time recommended by the manufacturer.
Wash your hands. Fill your clean contact lens case just below the rim with your contact lens solution. Remove the contact lens from your eye. Put the contact lens in the palm of your hand. Pour some contact lens solution over each side of the contact lens and gently rub for 10 seconds on either side. Rinse either side of the lens with fresh solution. Put the lens in the case and soak according to the recommended time.
Hydrogen peroxide lens solutions offer greater levels of efficacy with no preservative in the system. This makes hydro peroxide a great choice for patients who suffer from ocular allergies as well as those whose tears are very rich in mucous. Hydrogen peroxide lens solutions should NEVER be placed into direct contact with the eye. It first requires neutralization which is carried out with a catalytic disc or a time release catalase enzyme tablet. Both of these would be supplied by the manufacturer as part of the eye care product. If the hydro peroxide is not fully neutralized, it becomes toxic to the eye (cornea), thus emphasizing the importance of not putting the hydrogen peroxide into direct contact with eye. The storage time of these lens care products are longer than with multipurpose lens solutions.