Contact Lens Care and Handling

//Contact Lens Care and Handling
Contact Lens Care and Handling 2017-06-01T23:19:39-04:00

Wash Up – Before handling lenses, wash hands, rinse well and dry with a lint free towel. Fingernails should be short and smooth to avoid damaging the lens or scratching the eye.

Contact lens careInspect the Lens – Inspect the lens for any rips or tears. Also, make sure that the lens is not inverted. To ensure the lens is not inverted, place the lens on your fingertip to inspect it. If the lens is in the correct position, the edge of the lens will appear almost straight up. If the lens is inverted, the edges will flare out slightly. There are a number of manufacturers that have numbers or letters etched into the lens that act as an inversion indicator.

Insertion – (Use your dominant hand) With the index finger of the dominant hand, firmly hold the upper lashes (not the lid) to prevent blinking. Hold the bottom lid down with the middle finger of your dominant hand. Now focus your sight on a steady point using the opposite eye. Place the lens on the center of your cornea, not the side of your eye.

Eye drops – One or two drops of lens lubricant is recommended if your lens feels dry or if blurred vision occurs while wearing.

Removal – Wash hands before removal. Slide your lens down onto the white of your eye, then using your thumb and forefinger gently squeeze the lens and pull away from your eye.

Cleaning – Your content lenses MUST be cleaned after wearing. Make sure your hands are clean and lint free. Carefully place the contact lens in the palm of your hand. Place three to four drops of a multi-purpose solution on the contact lens and gently but firmly rub in a straight back and forth motion for about ten seconds on each side (approximately 30 second total). Then rinse both surfaces thoroughly with a forceful stream of the multi-purpose solution.

Disinfecting – Clean your lens case with contact lens solution only, NO WATER, then air dry, or replace lens case completely. This should be done at least once every week. Your contact lens starter kit that was provided to you when you received your contact lenses will have a “Care Booklet” enclosed for you with care instructions. Please make use of the this booklet and follow-up instructions.