SUCCESSFUL CONTACT LENS WEAR
Congratulations, you’ve been fit with contact lenses! The lenses and contact lens solution have been prescribed specifically for your eyes. Contact lenses are medical prescription devices. If not worn and cared for properly, contact lenses can significantly affect your eye health and vision. Remember that follow-ups with your eye care professional is the most important element in successful long-term lens wear.
If you need a reminder on how to put in and out your contact lenses, watch this video!
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER:
- Always replace your lenses according to the schedule your eye doctor told you. For example, dailies should be thrown out at night and a new pair to be worn the next day. Bi-weekly lenses should be replaced every 2 weeks and monthly lenses should be replaced every 30 days.
- Do not use any liquids on your contact lenses besides the contact lens solution prescribed by your eye care professional (this includes eye drops!).
- If you use monthly or 2 week lenses, use fresh solution in the storage case every night. Make sure lenses are completely covered with solution in the case. See below for detailed instructions.
- Rinse the contact lens case well after each use and air-dry with the covers off. Replace your contact lens case every 3 months.
- Contact lens wearers should have eye exams every year to make sure their eyes stay healthy.
- Do not sleep in your contact lenses, unless you have special instructions from your eye doctor to do so. If you accidentally fall asleep wearing them, do not attempt to remove them right away. Put eye drops that are compatible with contact lenses in your eyes and wait 2-5 minutes before trying to remove lenses; if they don’t come out easily wait another few minutes and use more drops. Do not remove lenses until they come out easily. Sleeping in your contacts can cause extreme dryness and lack of oxygen to your eyes, which is the main reason to avoid sleeping with your contact lenses.
- If your eyes become red, irritated, painful, blurry, or something is just not feeling right, do not wear your contact lenses and book an appointment with your eye doctor as soon as possible.
- Avoid ocean and pool water, sprays, aerosols, harmful vapours or fumes, and definitely toxic or corrosive chemicals while wearing contact lenses.
- Based on your eye health and overall comfort with contact lenses, your eye care professional will recommend the amount of hours appropriate to wear them. A good contact lens candidate can wear contact lenses for 8 hours or more. Remember, if you feel something is off, it is always good to give yourself a break and remove the contact lenses.
- If you have any concerns with contact lenses, always reach out to your eye care professional.
BI-WEEKLY AND MONTHLY SOFT CONTACT LENSES NIGHTLY CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS:
- For contacts cleaned with multi-purpose solution: Get a bottle of recommended multi purpose contact lens solution and a contact lens case from us. The contact lens case will have a “R” for your right contact lens and an “L” for your left contact lens. There are also many different contact lens case designs available such as cases with different colour lids. Make sure you know which side is for right and left.
- Remove the lids on your contact lens case for both right and left. Make sure you know the right side is for your right contact lens and the left side is for your left contact lens.
- Fill the contact lens case 50% or more with fresh solution so that the contact lens will be fully submerged.
- Remove your right contact lens from your eye and place it in the case on the right side. Take the lid that has “R” on it and close it on the case where your right contact lenses are.
- Remove your left contact lens from your eye and place it in the case on the left side. Take the lid that has “L” on it and close it on the case where your right contact lenses are.
- For bi-weekly and monthly contact lenses, the contact lens must sit and stored in case for 4 hours or more.
- After the contact lens have been submerged in the multi purpose solution for 4 hours or more, the contact lens can be safe to use again. Repeat steps 2 to 7 to clean your bi-weekly or monthly contact lens after every use.
To condition, clean, remove protein and disinfect lenses, complete these simple steps. This daily regimen is recommended by us for a healthy and comfortable contact lens wearing experience:
- Place at least 3 drops of multi-purpose solution on each side of lens surface and gently rub for 20 seconds in the palm of your hand.
- Thoroughly rinse each side of the lens for 5 seconds with multi-purpose solution.
- Place cleaned contact lenses in the lens case and fill with fresh multi-purpose solution. Soak at least 4 hours or more. Remember to always use fresh solution – discard solution from lens case after each use.
- Your lenses are now ready to wear. If any debris remains on contact lenses, rinse with multi-purpose solution prior to insertion.
- Always follow your eye care professional’s instructions. Based upon your individual tear chemistry and lens-wearing schedule, your eye care professional may recommend additional products or procedures.
Storage: If not wearing contact lenses immediately, store them in a closed lens case. Do not store your lenses in simple saline in place of multi-purpose solution. Saline solution will not disinfect. Lenses may be stored in the unopened case until ready to wear, up to a maximum of 30 days. If you store your lenses for longer periods of time, they must be cleaned and disinfected with fresh multi-purpose solution prior to lens insertion. Remember, solution in a case can evaporate and dry out the contact lens if left unused for a long period of time.
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE (I.E. CLEAR CARE) CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS:
Hydrogen peroxide solution is used when a special soft contact lens cleaning treatment is needed. It is recommended by eye care professionals for sensitive contact lens wearers that need very thoroughly cleaned contact lenses. This system is highly effective for simultaneous cleaning, daily protein removal and disinfecting. The system is ideal for contact lens wearers that want excellent comfort, experience lens-related dryness and irritation with other solutions and are sensitive to certain chemicals.
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