IMPORTANT! To keep your eyes safe, please make sure you read all of the information in this guide before using your contact lenses. Seriously, don't be a dummy. Read the whole page- even if you have used contacts before. It will only take you 5 minutes and could save you from damaging your eyes due to incorrect use.

If you suffer from any of the following please do not wear contact lenses.

  • Any eye infections (e.g.) Conjunctivitis)
  • Any corneal condition (e.g. Keratitis)
  • Any allergic eye conditions (e.g. Hay fever)
  • Any chronic eye conditions (e.g. Glaucoma)

If you have any doubt whatsoever as to the suitability of using contact lenses then please consult your medical or eye care practitioner.

 

1. Ask your optometrist before wearing contact lenses.

 

2. Wearing your contact lenses:

  1. Do not apply make-up until after you have inserted your contact lenses.
  2. Remove the lenses from the packaging and soak for 4 hours in solution prior to wearing.
  3. Wash your hands thoroughly with fragrance-free soap and dry your hands using a lint-free towel prior to handling your lenses.
  4. Rinse your lenses with solution to remove any traces of debris.
  5. Place the lenses in your palm and inspect them to make sure they are free of debris and intact.
  6. Check that the contact lens is not turned inside out. To do this, place it on a finger and hold it directly in front of your eyes to view it from a side profile. If it’s the correct way out the edge will appear almost straight up. If inside out, the edges will flare out slightly at the top.

(If you do insert the lens in your eye the wrong way out you will feel that it is uncomfortable. Do not worry as it can not cause any harm. Simply take it out and put it back in the correct way. )

  1. Place it on your forefinger and with your other hand, Pull the edge of your upper eyelid up, and lower eyelid down. (to reduce blinking)
  2. Look up and place the contact lens on the white of your eye.
  3. Look downward to reposition the lens.
  4. Remove your hand and close your eyes for a moment and then blink. It will center itself automatically.
  5. Now that you are wearing the lenses, rinse the lens case thoroughly with disinfecting solution, discard the solution and let the case air dry to prepare them for the next use.

IMPORTANT!

If your eyes get itchy, blurred or become red, please wash your hands thoroughly with fragrance-free soap and dry your hands using a lint-free towel, then remove the lenses and see your optometrist immediately.

If a lens slides under your eyelid or becomes displaced, look in the opposite direction and gently nudge it with your finger on your eye lid towards the pupil of your eye. Do not touch it directly with your finger.

Avoid rubbing your eyes after you have inserted your lenses as this can irritate the eye or dislodge them.

 

3. Removing and storing your contact lenses:

  1. Remove your make-up before removing the contact lenses.
  2. Wash your hands thoroughly with fragrance-free soap and dry your hands using a lint-free towel prior to handling your lenses.
  3. Pull the edge of your upper eyelid up, and lower eyelid down. (to reduce blinking)
  4. Gently squeeze the lens between your thumb and index finger and remove it.
  5. Put into the storage case before removing the lens from your other eye.
  6. Remove the other lens following the same procedure.
  7. With disinfected hands, gently rub the lenses in cleansing solution for 30 seconds and then rinse with solution. Don’t overdo the cleaning because you might tear the lens.
  8. Put the lenses in back in the case and fill with fresh solution to cover the lens. Do not reuse old solution.
  9. Later, after you wear the lenses again, throw away the solution in the case and replace it with fresh solution before your store your lenses again.

IMPORTANT!

Contact lenses need frequent cleaning to avoid contamination. Clean them every day with cleaning solution and rinse with saline solution. Do not use tap water or saliva.

Always keep your lenses moist with solution.

Lens cases are prone to germ growth. They need to be cleansed or heated every three days. The solution in the case must be replaced every day.

If you feel discomfort while wearing contact lenses, use saline solutions or lubricating eye drops. When you want to wear contact lenses for a long period of time without removing them, consult an eye specialist.

Regularly rinse your case with fresh disinfecting solution and leave to air dry on a daily basis (microbes cannot multiply in dry conditions)

Replace your cases frequently - monthly is ideal.

 

4. Things you can and can't do:

Do...

  • Wash your hands with soap prior to handling - non-perfumed anti-bacterial liquid soap dispensers are preferable to bars of soap which can be contaminated more easily.
  • Thoroughly rinse off all soap to avoid contamination and then dry your hands on a lint-free towel to prevent getting lint on the lenses.
  • Use oil-free and fragrance-free eye makeup.
  • Use water-resistant mascara and eyeliner to prevent flaking and smudging.
  • Make sure the contacts are fully immersed in the solution. Never use unless fully hydrated (wet) in solution.
  • Always clean & disinfect before re-insertion into the eye.
  • Clean, rinse and disinfect contacts after each use.
  • Replace immediately if they become damaged / scratched or if they have deposits which cannot be removed.
  • Call your optician if you have any redness, pain, swelling or irritation, burning sensation, excessive watering, increasingly blurred vision, colored haloes around light sources and / or sensitivity.

Don't...

  • Use tap water or saliva to wet your contacts or case.
  • Wear makeup or put them in if your eyes are swollen, red or infected.
  • Go to bed with a painful red eye - seek advice immediately.
  • Allow lotions, soaps, creams, deodorants, hair sprays & cosmetics (especially metallic powders) to come into contact with the lenses. They can cause an eye infection or irritation.
  • Re-use disinfecting solution - discard and replace with fresh solution each time.
  • Wear your lenses longer than advised and never sleep in them.
  • Use mascara with 'lash building fibres' as they can damage your lenses.
  • Use whilst swimming or during water sports, unless wearing goggles.
  • Expose to hair, cosmetic sprays or excessive heat.
  • Wear contact lens when working in harmful or irritating fumes.
  • Mix different brand of solution.
  • Share your lenses with other people.
  • Repeatedly take your lenses in and out throughout the day.
  • Rinse or store contact lenses in water (tap or sterile water).
  • Wear while engaging in activities where wind is constantly being blown on the eye. Such as skiing or bicycling, as this can dehydrate the lens which can dehydrate your cornea, leading to an abrasion.