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Getting started with Contact Lenses

Let’s start with the basics.
Inserting Contact Lens with 1 Hand

Inserting Contact Lenses

The One-Hand Placement Technique
• First wash and dry your hands.
• Open the foil (for daily disposables) or case lid (for reusable lenses), and scoop your lens out using your index finger.
• Place the lens on your index finger. Be sure the lens is right-side-out (the edges should turn up, not out).
• With your head up, look straight ahead, pull down your lower eyelid with the middle finger of your placement hand
• Look up steadily at a point above you. Then place the lens on the lower white part of your eye.
• Remove your index finger and slowly release the lower lid.
• Look down to position the lens properly.
• Gently close your eyes for a moment: the lens will center itself on your eye.
Inserting Contact Lens with 2 Hands
The Two-Hand Placement Technique
• With the lens on your index finger, use the middle finger of the other hand to pull the upper lid against the brow.
• Use the middle finger of your placement hand to pull down the lower lid and then place the lens centrally on your eye.
• While holding this position, look downward to position the lens properly.
• Slowly release your eyelids.
• You won’t have to press it onto your eye – it will go into place on its own.
• Once the lens is on, move your eyes from side to side and then close them both. This gets rid of any air bubbles trapped under the lens and makes sure it’s in the right position.

Then just repeat on the other eye. It’s that simple.

Removing Contact Lenses

• Wash, rinse, and dry your hands thoroughly.
• Always remove the same lens first.
• Always be sure that the lens is in the correct position on your eye before you try to remove it (a simple check of your vision, closing one eye at a time, will tell you if the lens is in the correct position).
• Look up and slowly pull down your lower lid with the middle finger of your removal hand and place your index finger on the lower edge of the lens. Squeeze the lens lightly between the thumb and index finger and remove it. Avoid sticking the edges of the lens together.
• Remove the other lens by following the same procedure. It’s Easy.

Caring for your Lenses

Caring for your lenses means, caring for your eyes. Learn about how to clean your lenses and what you can do to make sure you wear your lenses comfortably.

Cleaning contact lenses Did you know that proper cleaning and rinsing of the contact lenses can eliminate over 90% of the harmful bacteria that may be on them?

An area which is important for you to comply is proper lens care and maintenance. It’s important to clean and take care of your lenses, so that the risk of eye infections is kept to a minimum. If you wear reusable lenses, you’ll need to adhere to the recommended cleaning routine to make sure your eyes stay in excellent condition.

• Any contact lens that has been worn must be cleaned and disinfected before being placed back into the eye.
• After taking out your lens, put a few drops of the multipurpose solution on your palm and rub the lens gently for about 20 seconds.
• Remember to rinse your lens with a jet of multipurpose solution before placing the lens into the lens case.
• To store your lenses, fill each chamber of the lens case with fresh multipurpose solution, place them carefully in your contact lens case, close the lid and leave the lenses to soak until you reuse them again.
• Always carefully read and follow instructions on “How to use” which comes along with the multipurpose solution.
• Remember: never use tap water to clean your lenses or contact lens case as this can lead to eye infections.
• Lens case cleaning is often overlooked. Ensure the lens case is rinsed and air dried daily and changed frequently, ideally monthly.

Tips for comfortable wearing

Let’s look at some of the top tips for wearing your contact lenses comfortably.
DOs
Always wash your hands with a mild soap and dry them with a lint-free towel before touching your lenses.
Use non-perfumed anti-bacterial soap dispensers to bars of soap.
Check that the prescription on the lens packaging is correct.
Check your contact lens solution instructions before use.
Put your contact lenses on before applying makeup. Remove lenses before removing makeup.
Always schedule regular appointments with your Optometrist as he/she recommends.
Remove your contact lenses immediately and call your eye doctor if you experience eye pain, discomfort, redness or blurred vision.
Throw away your lenses after the recommended period.
Rinse your lens case daily and allow it to air dry.
Replace your lens case regularly ideally every month.
Keep water away from your contact lenses.
Use fresh solution to store your lenses.
Dispose of solution bottles after the recommended period.
Carry a backup pair of eyeglasses with a current prescription- just in case you have to take out your contact lenses.
Contact us if you have any concerns or queries, however trivial they may seem.
DON'Ts
Wear your lenses longer than the recommended duration.
Handle your lenses with sharp nails as they can easily tear.
Use tap water to store, clean or rinse your contact lenses or case.
Sleep in your lenses (unless advised by your Eye Care Practitioner, as this can increase the risk of infection).
Avoid showering in contact lenses and remove them before using a hot tub or swimming, unless wearing goggles.
Wear your lenses if you are using eye drops prescribed by your doctor.
Reuse the solution in your lens case.
Change your contact lens or multipurpose solution brand without consulting with your Optometrist.
Hesitate to contact us if you have a problem.
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