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Soft Contact Lens Care

Proper insertion and removal of soft contact lenses

Before handling your contact lenses…

  • Always clean your hands with mild hand soap (preferably free of any lotions or harsh chemicals) and wipe dry with a clean lint-free cloth/paper towel
  • Avoid using any lotions, putting on makeup, or use any other products on your hands or eye area

Helpful tips…

  • Make sure to always use the fleshy part of your fingers to handle the lenses to prevent damaging the contact lenses or your eyes.
  • We recommend putting in and taking out your right lens first – make it a habit so you don’t mix up which lens goes in which eye.

Placing the lenses on your eye…

  • Place the lens on the tip of your forefinger – inspect to make the lens is clean, moist, and does not have any debris, nicks or tears. If the lens is damaged – throw it away and open a new one. If you need to rinse the lenses, use sterile saline or multipurpose solution. DO NOT USE TAP WATER.
  • Make sure the lens is oriented correctly – if the edges flare out, it is inside out. The lens should sit like a curved bowl as shown in the picture.

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  • Use your middle finger of the same hand to gently pull down the lower lid. Place the forefinger or middle finger of the other hand to lift the upper lid.
  • Gently place the lens on the eye.
  • Release your hands and slowly close your eyes. If needed, close your eyes and gently massage your lid to help the lens settle into place.

Removing the lens

  • First look in the mirror to ensure the lens is still in place and on the eye.
  • Gently place your forefinger on the contact lens, look up, and slide it to the lower white part of your eye away from the cornea.
  • Gently pinch the lens between the flesh of your thumb and forefinger to remove the lens.
  • If your contact lenses are sticking to your eye or dry before removal, place a few rewetting drops in prior to removal.

Basic instructions for disinfection

  • After removing your contact lenses, place it in the palm of your hand with a few drops of cleaning solution. Use the fleshy part of your finger of the other hand to gently rub in a circular motion for 10 seconds to remove surface debris.
  • Place the lenses in a clean case, ensuring there is enough solution to submerge the lenses.
  • If using peroxide solutions (bottles will have a red tip), do NOT put the solution directly in your eyes, and wait at least 6 hours for it to fully neutralize before reinserting your lenses.
  • Do not top off, or reuse your cleaning solution – this will not properly clean your contact lenses.
  • Replace your contact lens case every 3 months. In between replacements, rinse your case with solution and store the case upside down on a clean towel to dry.
  • Keep your contact lens case capped even when your lenses are not inside.

Do….

  • Replace your contact lenses regularly as directed by your doctor.
  • Ask us if you have any questions about the comfort, vision, or care of your lenses.
  • Throw away and replace the lenses if they become dehydrated, nicked, or are irritating to your eyes.
  • Have a back up pair of glasses in case your eyes need a break from contact lens wear.
  • Put on makeup AFTER inserting your lenses, and remove your make up AFTER removing the lenses.
  • Discuss with your doctor if you would like to sleep in your contact lenses. Not all contact lenses are approved for overnight wear.

Do NOT…

  • Don’t wear your contact lenses if your eyes are feeling irritated, look red, or are in pain. Call your doctor if these symptoms occur.
  • Don’t use tap water, saliva, or other solutions other than what your doctor recommends to clean or lubricate your lenses
  • Don’t sleep in your contact lenses after you have been swimming. Ask about daily disposable contact lenses with your doctor if you would like to swim in your contact lenses.