Lens Care 101

 INSERTING SOFT CONTACT LENSES

  1. Wash hands and dry them using a lint-free towel
  2. Place the contact lens on the tip of your index finger (which should be no wetter than your eye or the contact lens) and tuck your other fingers out of the way
  3. Look slightly across your nose in the mirror
  4. Drag your bottom eyelid down with your middle finger
  5. Place the contact lens on the sclera (white part of the eye) with the bottom edge of the contact lens touching first (the angle the contact lens is placed on your finger is crucial)
  6. Press firmly and then release your eyelid
  7. Massage the contact lens into place through the lids or blink a couple of times.

If you’re having trouble, try practising touching the white part of the eye without a contact lens a few times before inserting the lens. If you find that your contact lens is folding over, it means you are blinking before the contact lens has settled, in which case you may want to try holding your top eyelid too.

Once your lenses are in place, wipe their case with multi-purpose solution and leave it to air-dry. You should replace the case every three months. 

 

REMOVING SOFT CONTACT LENSES

  1. Wash hands and dry them using a lint-free towel
  2. Pull your lower eyelid down with your middle finger
  3. Bend your head forward
  4. Place the index finger of the same hand on the contact lens and slide it down onto the exposed sclera (white of the eye)
  5. Pinch the contact lens off the eye, without squeezing it too hard, with your thumb and index finger
  6. Clean and store the first contact lens before removing the second.

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THINGS YOU SHOULD ALWAYS DO

  • Follow the wear advice and wearing schedule recommended by your optometrist and the contact lens manufacturer
  • If your eyes are red or sore, or your vision is blurry, ask your optometrist for advice
  • Before handling your contact lenses, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry with a lint-free towel
  • Check that the contact lens has not turned inside out before inserting it
  • Start with your preferred contact lens so that they don’t get mixed up
  • Fit contact lenses before applying makeup and take them out before removing makeup
  • Keep your contact lens well lubricated at all times, either with artificial tears in your eyes, or stored in solution in your contact lens case
  • Clean and disinfect your contact lenses using fresh solution after removing
  • Keep a back-up pair of glasses handy, just in case
  • Have an eye test every 12 months or as recommended by your optometrist

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THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER DO

  • Wear contact lenses if your eyes are red or sore, or your vision is blurry (talk to your optometrist if you get these symptoms)
  • Insert contact lenses if they are damaged
  • Keep disposable contact lenses longer than instructed by your optometrist
  • Use contact lens solution after its expiry date
  • Use medicated drops on contact lenses without your optometrist's approval
  • Use tap water or saliva on your contact lenses
  • Rub your eyes when wearing contact lenses
  • Sleep with dcontact lenses in
  • Wear contact lenses when swimming, unless you’re wearing goggles
  • Wear another person’s contact lenses
  • Place contact lenses on top of a television or any warm or hot appliance

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