Contact Lens Care & Handling

Starting Tips

  • Wash and rinse your hands thoroughly before handling your lenses and dry them with a lint-free towel or tissue.
  • Clearer soaps are better as they contain less lanolin that can smear the lens surface.
  • Remove any traces of soap, perfumes, hair sprays, creams, and lotions from your hands and around the eyes.
  • Keep your nails trimmed and clean to avoid tearing or splitting the lenses.
  • Avoid picking up lenses with your fingernails; use fingertips or soft plastic-tipped tweezers designed for contact lenses.
  • Never touch your lenses with sharp, pointed objects like fingernails or pens.
  • Ensure lenses do not get caught on the edge of storage cases; tap the lens case on the table before sealing it to fully submerge the lenses in solution.
  • Never allow lenses to dry out or attempt to insert them when dehydrated.
  • Do not use lenses from open or damaged packs, or expired lenses or solutions.

Insertion Tips

  • Always check the lens is clean and moist before insertion.
  • Confirm the lens is not inside out.
  • Balance the lens on the tip of your forefinger.
  • Use the middle finger to pull down the lower lid and hold the upper lid firmly from above with the middle finger of the other hand.
  • Place the lens directly on the eye and move your eyes around to center the lens.
  • Release the lower and then the upper lid, gently close the eyes, and rub the top lid lightly to remove any trapped air bubbles.
  • If the lens is not properly centered, gently manipulate it using your fingertips and eyelids.

Removal Tips

  • Rewet the lenses with a drop of solution to help them slide off the eye.
  • Look up and slide the lens to the white part of the eye using your index finger.
  • Gently squeeze the lens between your thumb and forefinger to remove it.

Important Things to Remember:

  • Discontinue lens wear if you experience persistent discomfort, redness, or blurred vision and consult your practitioner.
  • Avoid wearing lenses in swimming pools, saunas, or while sleeping unless advised otherwise by your practitioner.
  • Lenses must be stored wet; if they dry out, soak them in saline or soaking solution until soft before cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Do not wear lenses during periods of illness such as colds or influenza.
  • Always use fresh solution and discard expired solutions.
  • Remove lenses before using medicated eye drops, undergoing surgery, or anesthesia.
  • Insert lenses before applying makeup and avoid using hairspray or liquid hand soaps before handling lenses.

Daily Wearing Timetable

gradually increase wearing time as specified:

Day 1

2-4 hours

Day 2

4-6 hours

Day 3

6-8 hours

Day 4

8-10 hours

Day 5

8-10 hours

Day 6

8-10 hours

Day 7

8-10 hours

Day 8

Assess comfort and adjust wearing time as needed

Always follow the guidance of your eye care professional regarding the wearing schedule for your specific type of contact lenses. If you experience discomfort or irritation, remove the lenses and consult your eye care provider. Additionally, avoid wearing lenses overnight unless specifically approved for extended wear by your eye care professional.

​​​​​​Normal Adaptation Symptoms

While adjusting to your lenses, you may experience:
  • Increased glare sensitivity outdoors, relieved by sunglasses if excessive.
  • Initial discomfort with prolonged close work.
  • Dryness in air conditioning and smoky environments.
  • Slight awareness of the lens.

For any abnormal symptoms or discomfort, contact our office for assistance.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Clean lenses immediately after removal to remove sticky tear film buildup.
  • Apply cleaning solution and rub gently in a circular motion on each side of the lens.
  • Rinse thoroughly with saline or multipurpose solution and place in a container for disinfection overnight.
  • Follow specific disinfection methods recommended by your practitioner.

Follow-Up Appointments:

Regular aftercare appointments are crucial for maintaining eye health.
Wear lenses to follow-up appointments and bring spectacles with you.
Most complications are avoidable and treatable with early detection.


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