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10 Daily Tips For New Contact Lens Wearers

1. ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE HANDLING YOUR LENSES.

2. CHECK YOUR LENSES FOR TEARS OR SCRATCHES BEFORE YOU PUT THEM IN.

3. START WITH THE SAME EYE EVERY TIME YOU PUT YOUR LENSES IN OR TAKE THEM OUT.

4. USE A LENS CASE THAT IS CLEARLY MARKED “R” AND “L” SO YOU DON’T MIX THEM UP.

5. ALWAYS USE THE APPROPRIATE CONTACT LENS SOLUTION TO CLEAN, DISINFECT, AND STORE YOUR LENSES. NEVER USE WATER.

6. REMEMBER TO CLEAN AND DISINFECT YOUR LENSES WITH SOLUTION BEFORE YOU PUT THEM IN, EVERY TIME. CAREFULLY FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE FOR YOUR CONTACT LENS SOLUTION.

7. NOT ALL CONTACT LENSES ARE APPROVED FOR EXTENDED OR OVERNIGHT WEAR. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR EYE CARE PROFESSIONAL TO CLARIFY THE WEARING SCHEDULE THEY’VE PRESCRIBED FOR YOU.

8. NEVER WEAR YOUR LENSES FOR LONGER THAN YOUR EYE CARE PROFESSIONAL RECOMMENDS.

9. DON’T IGNORE DISCOMFORT. REMOVE YOUR LENSES, CHECK FOR SCRATCHES OR TEARS, AND CLEAN AND DISINFECT THEM BEFORE REINSERTING. IF SOMETHING STILL DOESN’T FEEL RIGHT, TALK TO YOUR EYE CARE PROFESSIONAL.

10. KEEP YOUR GLASSES WITH YOU. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN YOU WILL WANT TO GIVE YOUR EYES A BREAK FROM YOUR CONTACT LENSES.

 

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Removing Your Contact Lenses

As you follow these steps, remember to go slow and be gentle. Just like when you put your lenses in, always start with the same side, right or left. This will help avoid switching your right and left lenses.

And always wash your hands first!

Step 1:
Stand in front of a well-lit mirror.

Step 2:
Look upward.

Step 3:
Using your non-dominant hand, raise your upper eyelid away from your eye with your index finger.

Step 4:
With your dominant hand, use your middle finger to pull your lower eyelid down.

Step 5:
With the tips of your index finger and thumb, gently squeeze the lens to pull it down and away from your eye. Don’t squeeze so hard that it folds or pinches.

Step 6:
Place the lens in the palm of your other hand and cup that hand slightly. Squeeze fresh multipurpose lens solution onto the surface of the lens. See Caring for Your Contact Lenses for more details on how to clean and disinfect your lenses.

Step 7:
If you’re using contact lenses meant to be worn for multiple days before replacement, make sure you put them in a case that has “L” for left and “R” for right clearly marked, so you don’t mix them up. Follow the instructions that came with your cleaning and disinfecting solution.

You’ll be a contact lens pro in no time. But just in case you need some help at first, these tips can make removing your contact lenses easier:

  • If your lens is difficult to remove, try a few rewetting drops into your eye. Dry eyes can make removing the lens harder.
  • Sliding the lens toward the white of your eye and/or toward your lower eyelid can make it easier to remove. The lens and the colored part of your eye are the same shape, which helps the lens stay in place. Moving the lens toward the white of your eye can help separate it from your eye for easier removal.
  • New lenses take some time to get used to. Don’t rush. Take your time when first removing new lenses.
  • If the edges of your lens stick together, add a drop of fresh lens solution and gently rub the lens in your palm until the edges separate.

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Caring for Your Contact Lenses

Cleaning and disinfecting your contact lenses with multipurpose solution

Cleaning and disinfecting your lenses is one of the most important things you can do. Improper handling and cleaning of contact lenses is a major source of eye infections and other problems. So make cleaning and disinfecting them part of your daily routine when you remove your lenses at the end of the day.

Of course, if you’ve chosen daily disposable lenses, you can skip all of this!

Step 1:
Once you have the lens out and in the palm of your hand, cup your hand slightly and squeeze fresh contact lens solution onto the surface of the lens. Follow the instructions on your multipurpose solution for how many drops you should use.

Step 2:
Rub the lens in this small pool of cleaner. Follow the directions on your multipurpose solution for how long to rub and rinse your lenses. Make sure you are getting both sides of the lens clean.

Step 3:
Put the lens in your storage case, cover it with more fresh lens solution, then cap it. You should follow your multipurpose solution's instructions on how long to soak your lenses to disinfect them.

And that’s it! Always keep your lenses in their case and covered with fresh lens solution when you’re not using them.

Taking care of your lenses

Contact lenses are delicate, but they’re also highly precise medical devices. You have to treat them with some care to get the most out of them. 

  • Always wear your lenses on the schedule that your eye care professional prescribed. Trying to stretch them for longer wear periods is bad for your lenses and your eyes.
  • Be gentle! Today’s soft contact lenses can tear. If one of yours does, throw it away. When you’re handling your lenses, don’t squeeze them, and watch out for anything that can snag them, like jewelry or a fingernail.
  • Use fresh contact lens solution every time. Not tap water. Not used solution. And definitely not your saliva. Using only fresh solution will minimize the risk of germs and other contaminants getting on your lenses.
  • Rub and rinse, even on so-called “rub-free” care systems. Following the lens solution directions, clean and disinfect your lenses in fresh solution, rinse in fresh solution, then rub and rinse again in more fresh solution. Research shows this is still the best way to keep them clean. If you are using a solution that contains peroxide, always follow the instructions and read the warnings and precautions on the bottle or box. Never put peroxide solution directly in your eye.
  • Rinse out your lens case with lens solution after every use, then leave it uncapped and upside down in a clean, dry place when you’re wearing your lenses. The American Optometric Association recommends replacing your case every 3 months.

And as always, Kim's Optical is your best source of information and help. Always follow his or her instructions, as well as the instruction insert that came with your lenses, the directions on your lens case, and the instructions on your contact lens solution. They all work together to keep your lenses, and your eyes, in the best possible shape.

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