Few things affect the quality of your life more than your eyes–never put them at risk. Contact lenses are prescription medical devices. To make sure your eyes and vision stay healthy while wearing contact lenses, please follow these guidelines or the instructions recommended by your doctor.
Oftentimes, your lenses will still feel fine even when you are over-wearing them. Do not wear your lenses overnight unless they are approved for extended wear and your doctor has discussed this with you. Overnight wear increases the risk of infection and other complications.
It will take at least a few days for your eyes to get used to wearing contact lenses. The best way to insure maximum visual comfort and keep your eyes healthy is to patiently and faithfully adhere to this wearing schedule.
If your eyes become red, irritated, painful, or if your vision gets worse while wearing lenses, immediately take out the lenses and clean them. Let your eyes get back to normal and if the problem persists, contact our office.
Do not wear your lenses longer than 12 hours a day until your first follow-up visit with your doctor, unless the doctor has specifically told you otherwise. Do not exceed the wearing times suggested, even if your lenses still feel comfortable. Studies have proven that the eye needs time to adapt to contact lenses, and your wearing schedule is based on those studies.
Please Note: If you complete your wearing schedule for a given day and take out your lenses for at least 2 hours, you can wear them the same day for another 2 to 3 hours after cleaning and disinfecting them.
Step 1: Cleaning removes dirt, mucous, and other debris that gets on the lenses during wear.
Step 2: Disinfecting kills bacteria (germs) on the lenses. Disinfecting is essential to prevent serious eye infections.
Step 3: Rinsing removes the other solutions from the lenses and prepares the lenses for wear.
Step 4: Enzyming uses enzyme drops or tablets to remove protein and other deposits that build up over time on the lenses.
Deposits and infectious organisms, such as bacteria and viruses, can build up on the surface of all contact lenses.
Keep your contacts clean and disinfected at all times.
Lenses that have been stored for more than 12 hours may need to be cleaned, disinfected, and rinsed again.
If your eyes have not returned to normal after 24 hours, please contact our office. If you have any change in vision, comfort, or irritation, immediately remove your lenses. If there is no improvement within a couple of hours, contact our office.
Follow the directions outlined by your eye doctor. Oftentimes instructions are also listed on the packaging or the package insert for the contact lens solutions prescribed.
Multi-purpose solutions can be used for more than one step in contact lens care. Read the label to see which functions the solutions can be used for. Many solutions can not be used together, and not all solutions are appropriate for all types of lenses. Only use solutions recommended by your eye doctor, and check with your eye doctor if you want to switch brands. Use new solution in your contact case every day!
When you remove your lenses, they must be cleaned, rinsed, and disinfected before they are worn again. Enzyming and cleaning are not a substitute for disinfecting. Make sure solution containers are kept closed tightly, stored upright, and kept in a clean, dry, cool place when you are not using them. Keep your case clean and replace it every 2-3 months to prevent bacterial growth.
Be careful with makeup, lotions, creams and sprays. Consider putting on lenses before makeup and removing them before removing makeup. Also, water-based makeup is less likely to damage lenses than oil-based makeup. Only use approved rewetting drops for lubricating or wetting your lenses. Never place the lenses in your mouth.