Contact lens care

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Contact lens care

Wearing contact lenses is a lot more convenient to wearing glasses in some situations. However unlike glasses, contact lenses require you to develop a skill of inserting lenses on to your eye. It is also to make sure you are able to maintain good hygiene and look after your contact lenses. Below we will discuss the steps in how to insert and remove lenses, and discuss the do’s and don’ts with contact lens wear.

Insertion:

  1. Make sure your hands are thoroughly cleaned with soap and dried before handling lenses.

  2. Open the blister pack with the contact lens inside

  3. Check to see the contact lens is the right way round, to do this hold up the lens to the light so you can see it clearly. If the edges are flat, it indicates the lens is inside out, if the lens is a nice bowl shape, this indicates it’s the correct way round.

  4. When inserting in your right eye, gently hold your upper lid with a finger from the left hand. And the gently pull down you lower lid with your middle finger on your right hand. You should now have a good grip of both eyelids to stop you from blinking as you insert the lens.

  5. With the lens placed on your index finger of the right hand, slowly bring the lens towards your eye as you look up. Once you have placed the lens on your eye, you can close your eye for a moment and the lens should settle. Looking up to insert the lens on your eye helps as it places the lens on the white part of the eye which is less sensitive to the coloured part of the eye. The lens should then centre itself correctly once you close your eye.

  6. Repeat the same process for the left eye.

 

Removal:

  1. Make sure your hands are thoroughly cleaned with soap and dried before removing lenses.

  2. When removing the lens from your right eye, gently hold your upper lid with a finger from the left hand. And the gently pull down you lower lid with your middle finger on your right hand.

  3. With the eye wide open, use your index finger to slide the lens down to the white part of the eye as you look up.

  4. Gently bring your thumb and index finger together to gently pinch the lens off

  5. Store/discard the lens depending on the type of contact lens.

  6. Repeat the same process for the left eye.

 

Here are a list of Do’s and don’ts we have compiled together to ensure safe wearing of contact lenses.

Do:

  • Wash and dry your hands thoroughly before handling lenses.

  • Remove your lenses if you get any symptoms such as pain, redness or light sensitivity.

  • Attend regular contact lens after cares to monitor the health of your eyes.

  • Comply with the wearing schedules as advised by your contact lens practitioner.

  • Comply with the cleaning routine/schedule as advised by your contact lens practitioner.

  • Replace any lenses if they become damaged, even small tears warrant disposal of the lens.

 

Don’t:

  • Sleep, swim or shower in your lenses.

  • Use tap water to clean or rinse your lenses, as it contains dangerous bacteria which can cause infection.

  • Share your lenses with anyone else

  • Use saliva to moisten the contact lens.

  • Wear contact lenses when feeling unwell, as the bacteria can pass on to the lens and infect the eye.

 

How do I clean my contact lenses?

When wearing monthly or 2 weekly contact lenses it is important that they are cleaned appropriately. In order to clean them you use contact lens solutions. Contact lens solutions are used to clean, disinfect and care for your lenses. There are a number of contact lens solutions on the market. Below we will discuss the options available.

The most common contact lens solution is multi-purpose solution; this is used for soft contact lenses. The multi-purpose solution is an all in one option that can be used to clean, moisten and store contact lenses.

The other less common contact lens solution is hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is an effective cleaning solution and is often used by people that have allergies to other solutions. However the downside of this solution is that you should allow the lens to soak in solution for at least 6 hours before using again. This allows the solution to “neutralise”.

Saline solution does not clean the lens; however they are often used to rinse and re-wet contact lenses.

It is advised to seek professional advice from your contact lens practitioner before deciding which is the best solution for you.

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