General Tips for Contact Lens Wearers

Many people new to contact lenses, and even some experienced wearers, have practical questions about contacts.

Which way is the Right way? How can I tell if my contact lens is inside out?

Make sure it looks like half a ball, not a soup bowl with a rim.

Some contact lenses also have a brand name marked, on the edge to help you. If you can read it properly, the lens is not inside out.

3 Steps to Follow When Handling Your Contacts

• Before handling your contact lenses:  Wash your hands with soap and water and dry with a lint-free towel.
• To remove lenses:  After you take out each contact lens from your eyes, gently rub with solution. Then rinse each lens with fresh solution before storing them for disinfection; be sure you squeeze enough solution into each case compartment to cover each lens. Even if the packaging of the solution you use reads “no rub,” you should still clean each lens to remove any germs.
• To put in lenses:  After disinfecting your contact lenses according to the product directions on your solution bottle and before you put them back in your eyes, rinse off each contact lens with fresh solution. Discard used solution, rinse out the lens case with fresh solution (not water), and let the case air dry.

3 Ways to Know Contact Lenses Aren’t for You

Some people should not use contact lenses for vision correction. They include:

• Anyone who is too busy to be compliant with contact lens safety measures and thorough hygiene habits
• People who work where there is a lot of debris in the air, such as sawdust
• People who have dry eye problems. “When you put a lens in the eye, it rests on tear film, if you don’t make enough tears, you could be at increased risk for infection.”

Contact Lenses & Allergy

Many contact lens wearers with allergies face discomfort during certain times of the year. This discomfort is due largely to allergens in the air that become adhered to contact lenses. The allergens cause miserable symptoms such as itchy, watery and swollen eyes. Here are five tips to help you through the periods of discomfort.

1. Wear eyeglasses when possibleAllergens such as pollen and dust often adhere to the thin surfaces of contacts. Switching to glasses will help you avoid an allergy attack.

2. Clean contacts frequently:  Cleaning will keep your contacts free of allergens. Consider using a preservative-free solution, to help avoid possible allergic reactions. If you wear disposable lenses, consider replacing them more often.

3. Keep eyes moist:  Allergens tend to cause dry eyes. Keep irritated eyes moist with artificial tears. The artificial tears will also wash the irritants out of your eyes.

4. Use cool compresses:  When your eyes are red and swollen, resist the urge to rub them. Rubbing will make the inflammation worse by spreading around the allergens. A cool, damp compress will help relieve discomfort.

5. Consult eye specialist:  Your eye doctor will recommend medical products for your particular symptoms. Some products may even help prevent allergy attacks. You should also see your eye doctor to rule out possible problems that may not be allergy-related.

What not to do when wearing Contact Lens

• Don’t use tap or other water on your contact lenses
• Don’t wash your hands using cream-based soaps – they can leave a residue
• Don’t use hand lotion prior to inserting your contact lenses – they can coat and ruin your lens
• Don’t switch cleaning solutions prior to discussing this with our office – you may choose a product that is not compatible with your lens material
• Don’t ‘top-up’ your cleaning solution – always use fresh solution and rinse your case and leave it to air dry
• Don’t use excessive eye make-up
• Don’t share contact lenses with family or a friend – increased risk of eye infection
• Don’t use contact lenses in hot tubs and use caution when swimming – increased risk of eye infection
• Don’t wear your contact lenses overnight.