HOW TO PUT IN AND TAKE OUT YOUR LENSES
Putting in and taking out contact lenses is easier than you might think. It may take a little getting used to, but soon you’ll be doing it without a second thought.
How to put in contact lenses
a. Always wash your hands with soap (preferably non-perfumed, anti-bacterial liquid soap) before touching your eys or lenses. Thoroughly rinse and then dry your hands with a lint-free towel. Always put in the lens for your right eye first.
b. Check the lens isn't inside out. To work out which way round it is, just put the lens on the tip of your finger and hold it up to the light. If the edges flare, it's inside out. If it looks like a smooth edged cup, it’s ready to go. Some manufacturers such as Johnson & Johnson lenses have numbers on the lenses so you can easily tell when they are inside out. Hold the lens up to the light and if the numbers are the right way round, so is the lens. Check the instructions.
c. Using your other hand, carefully hold your upper eyelid so you don’t blink.
d. Carefully pull down your lower eyelid with the other fingers of your applying hand.
e. Move the contact lens towards your eye calmly and steadily. It may help to look upwards as you place it on your eye.
f. Slowly release your eyelid and close your eye for a moment to allow the lens to settle.
g. Follow the same steps for your left eye.
How to remove contact lenses
a. Always wash your hands with soap (preferably non-perfumed, anti-bacterial liquid soap )before touching your eyes or lenses. Thoroughly rinse and then dry your hands with a lint-free towel.
b. Start with your right eye to avoid mixing up your lenses.
c. Look up at the ceiling and carefully pull down your lower eyelid with your middle finger.
d. Slowly bring your index finger close to your eye until you touch the lower edge of the lens.
e. Slide the lens down to the lower white part of your eye.
f. Gently squeeze the lens between your thumb and index finger and remove it.
g. Remove your left lens in the same way.
h. Discard daily disposable lenses. Clean and disinfect reusable lenses.
i. Never rinse your lenses or your contact lens case with tap water.
HOW TO CLEAN AND CARE FOR REUSABLE LENSES
It only takes a few minutes to clean your reusable contact lenses to help maintain healthy contact lens wear.
Just follow this quick, easy and effective routine at the end of each day:-
a. Always wash your hands with soap (non-perfumes, anti-bacterial if available).
b. Before you touch your eyes or contact lenses and dry them with a lint free towel.
c. Avoid hand creams or similar before putting lenses in.
d. Fill each chamber of your contact lens case with fresh contact lens disinfecting solution. Begin with the same eye every time you put in or remove lenses.
e. Make a habit of always cleaning your lenses immediately after you remove them.
f. Place the lens in the clean, dry palm of your hand.
g. Apply a few drops of the prescribed contact lens disinfecting solution.
h. With one finger gently rub the lens back and forth on your palm to clean the lens surfaces.
i. Rinse your lens thoroughly with a few more drops of the solution.
j. Put the lens into your clean contact lens case.
k. Repeat this routine for your other lens.
l. Close the case and leave your lenses to soak overnight.
Clean your contact lens case!
This is easily overlooked.
The cleanliness of your lens case is just as important as cleaning your lenses.
Every time you put in your contact lenses, follow these simple steps to keeping your lens case as clean as possible:-
a. Empty your contact lens case of the old solution.
b. Rinse with fresh contact lens solution.
c. Allow to air-dry, upside down on a clean tissue.
d. Replace your contact lens case on a regular basis, usually every month.
Never use tap water to clean your contact lenses or lens case.
Refer to your contact lens solution instruction guide for further information about how long to soak your contact lenses.
WHEN TO CHANGE YOUR CONTACT LENSES
How often you change your contact lenses for a fresh pair will depend on the type of lenses you wear. If you are unsure, your eye care practitioner can give you advice about which contact lenses will best suit your needs and how frequently you should replace them.
Daily disposable contact lenses.
Daily disposable contact lenses are super convenient and the healthiest way to wear contact lenses. Simply put in your lenses when you wake up and discard them at the end of the day.
With daily disposable lenses there’s no need to clean or store your contact lenses. Just change them for a new pair each day.
Reusable two weekly contact lenses
Unlike monthly lenses which can be worn for a whole month before you replace them, reusable contact lenses are replaced twice a month.
Clean and store them at the end of each day and after a fortnight replace them with a new pair. The easiest way to stay on schedule with your reusable contact lens care is to follow these tips:
a. Replace your reusable lenses on the same day of the week. A good routine is to discard your old contact lenses on a Sunday night and start with a new pair on Monday morning.
b. Mark the date on the lens packet when you open a new box of contact lenses..