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Contact Lens – Do & Don’t

February 2, 2018

Contact Lens – Do & Don’t
If you are interested in wearing contact lenses, get off to the right start by seeing a doctor who provides full-service care. Your doctor will provide you with a thorough eye examination and an evaluation of your suitability for contact lens wear. You will also receive the lenses, necessary lens care kits, individual instructions for wear and care, and follow-up visits over a specified time. The initial visit and examination can take an hour or longer.

Following these contact lens do’s and don’ts

DO:
  1. Follow your doctor’s instructions and call the office if you have any questions.
  2. Call your eye care professional if you have any redness, pain, swelling or irritation.
  3. Report for regularly scheduled follow-up care. Follow-up care is of utmost importance and it is the patient’s responsibility to schedule and keep appointments.
  4. Follow your wearing time schedule as prescribed by your doctor.
  5. Always thoroughly wash, rinse and dry hands before handling lenses.
  6. Add a rewetting drop before removing contact lenses.
  7. Clean your lenses after wear and before storage to avoid buildup of tough protein deposits and oily films that are difficult to remove.
  8. Be thorough, but careful while cleaning a lens, they can tear, chip or crack.
  9. Keep soft lenses moist to prevent tearing.
  10. Clean rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses in the palm of your hand instead of between your fingers. Clean from center to edge rather than in a circular motion.
  11. Use fresh solution in the storage case each night. Be sure lenses are completely covered with solution when storing in the case.
  12. Rinse the storage case wells out with warm tap water then with saline after each use and let air dry with the covers off.
  13. Sit or stand close to a sink (with a closed drain) or table while inserting a lens. That way, it cannot go far or land on the floor if it is dropped.
  14. Re-clean lenses that have dropped on the floor or on your clothes.
  15. Always close drain when working near sink. A dark surface cloth or towel may be used to cover the drain.
  16. Wear eye protection now that you wear contact lenses. Racket sports, hockey, etc. demand safety eyewear to avoid serious trauma to the eye.
  17. Avoid contact with sprays and aerosols (hairsprays, deodorants, spray paint, oven cleaner, etc.)
  18. Apply hairspray, deodorant or spray cologne before lens insertion or keep your eyes tightly closed until the spray has settled. A sprayed lens is very uncomfortable and hard to clean.
  19. Avoid harmful vapors and fumes especially in work areas while wearing lenses. Wear safety glasses; work under a hood. Inform your employer that you wear contact lenses so that they can recommend safety eyewear if necessary.
  20. Avoid dusty environments; wear eye protection.
  21. Use caution when adjusting to temperature extremes such as oven, fireplace, freezer or subzero weather.
  22. While inserting the lenses, some patients find it easier to hold back the eye lashes, not just the skin folds above and below the lashes.
  23. Keep storage case and a small bottle of lubricant or saline with you at all times for emergency use.
  24. Insert contact lenses before you apply all makeup, including lotions and foundations as well as eye cosmetics such as mascara and eye shadow.
  25. Use oil-free and fragrance-free makeup.
  26. Remove your contact lenses before you remove your eye makeup.
  27. Remove all eye makeup daily with a hypoallergenic remover, preferably oil-free.
DON’T:
  1. DON’T wear the lenses if they have suddenly or consistently become uncomfortable.
  2. DON’T wear your lens if you notice a chip or tear in the lens.
  3. DON’T exceed your wearing schedule by over-wearing lenses during the adjustment period.
  4. DON’T wear your lenses for the maximum of hours if they have not been worn for a few days.
  5. DON’T handle your lenses roughly. Avoid contact with fingernails (the #1 cause of lens damage).
  6. DON’T insert your lenses over a sink with an open drain. A dropped lens looks just like a water bubble.
  7. DON’T move around if a lens is dropped. Check your lashes, clothes, shoes and immediate area around you before moving. A wet lens can stick to almost anything. lf you step on it, you can smash or damage the lens.
  8. DON’T pick up a dropped lens with your fingernail or push it along a rough surface to lift it. Dampen your finger so the lens can stick to it.
  9. DON’T switch to a thermal (heat) cleaning system after using a chemical cleaning system and vice versa. Doing so can damage your soft lenses. Ask your doctor for specific instructions to make the transition safely.
  10. DON’T use any other solutions than those your doctor prescribed. DON’T switch or mix brands of solutions without your doctor’s knowledge and approval.
  11. DON’T start using different brands of solution simultaneously. Introduce them one at a time so if there is a problem you can identify the cause.
  12. DON’T touch the tip of solution bottles, it can contaminate a sterile bottle of solution. Same applies to lubricating (rewetting) drops.
  13. DON’T try to wear a soft lens that was left out of solution and has become brittle or if it has taken a long time to locate a dropped lens. Put the lens in saline for at least two hours; then clean it well before wearing.
  14. DON’T wet lenses by putting them in your mouth.
  15. DON’T use tap water on soft lenses; use only saline or disinfecting solutions for rinsing.
  16. DON’T overfill the storage case. An overfilled well can cause the lens to float up to the container edge and be chipped or cut when the lid is snapped or screwed on.
  17. DON’T put eye drops such as Murine or Visine in your eyes while you are wearing contact lenses.
  18. DON’T force apart a soft lens that folded over onto itself. Put the lens in the palm of your hand and soak it with saline or disinfecting solution until it works itself out with gentle massage.
  19. DON’T rub the lenses with towel, tissue, or shirt tail. The lens may be scratched.
  20. DON’T swim or shower while wearing your lenses. Any water (i.e. rain or tears) may flush lenses out of your eyes.
  21. DON’T wear your lenses if you have a cold or the flu.
  22. DON’T leave your lenses in “hot sots”, i.e.TV tops, glove compartments, window sills, hot sand, etc., they can warp or melt.
  23. DON’T sleep in your lenses without your doctor’s approval.
  24. DON’T ride in open cars without eye protection. The lenses can blow off the eye.
  25. DON’T handle lenses with greasy hands; i.e. deodorants or cold cream soaps can leave greasy residue on your hands.
  26. DON’T wear makeup (or apply your lenses) if your eyes are swollen, red or infected.
  27. DON’T share contact lenses. DON’T share makeup.
  28. DON’T apply mascara at the base of you lashes. Start from the midpoint and extend to the tips. DON’T wear false eyelashes.
  29. DON’T remove waterproof mascara while lenses are on the eye; it is difficult to remove without cleaners that are abrasive to lens.
  30. DON’T use eyelash thickeners or lengtheners, they contain fibers and additives that can contaminate lenses.
  31. DON’T apply eyeliner above the lower lash line. You will block glands that produce the tear film making lens wear more comfortable.