dos and donts for contact lens wearers

Do:

  • Wash, rinse, and dry your hands thoroughly each time you handle your contacts.

  • Check the contact lens to be sure it is not inside-out before insertion.

  • Use only those contact lens products approved by your eye doctor.

  • Follow these steps for cleaning your contacts (if using reusable lenses). These steps apply to multi-purpose cleaners such as Revita Lens and Opti-Free. If your doctor has recommended a different cleaning system, please ask about specific instructions.

  1. Clean by rubbing gently with contact lens solution. The FDA recommends rubbing even if you are using a "NO RUB" product.

  2. Rinse the contact lens with a solution to remove the loosened debris.

  3. Disinfect the contact by soaking in the solution overnight. Never reuse or top off old solution. Use a fresh contact lens solution each time lenses are cleaned and stored.

  • Clean your contact lens case after the contacts is inserted by rinsing with contact lens solution. Leave the case open to dry.

  • Replace the contact lens case at least every 3 months.

  • Apply eye make-up after inserting your contacts.

  • Have a current pair of eyeglasses in case there is a problem with your contacts.

  • Remove your contacts immediately if they become uncomfortable. Try to clean and reinsert the contact lens.

  • If you experience persistent eye redness, irritation, discharge, or vision change, discontinue contact lens wear and make an appointment to see your eye doctor.

  • Replace your lenses as directed by your eye doctor. Your contacts are replaced every: (Please circle) DAY, 2 WEEKS, MONTH, 2 MONTHS, 3 MONTHS

  • If you are a new contact lens wearer, please follow our recommended wearing schedule. Your eyes will need to slowly adapt to wearing contact lenses.


Recommended Wearing Schedule:

Day 1: Maximum 4 hours
Day 2: Maximum 6 hours
Day 3: Maximum 8 hours
Day 4: Maximum 10 hours
Day 5: Maximum 12 hours


Don't:

  • Sleep in the contacts unless they were prescribed for overnight wear by your eye doctor. Sleeping in contacts may cause serious eye infections.

  • Wear contacts for any activity involving water, such as swimming, showering, or using a hot tub. You may wear contacts if swim goggles are used over the contact lenses.

  • Store your contacts in tap water, saliva, or any solution that is not approved for contacts.

  • Share your contacts with friends or family. They are specific for your eyes only.

  • Insert a contact lens into an eye that is red, irritated, or painful.

  • Miss your follow-up visits. Only a thorough evaluation by your eye doctor can determine how your eyes are responding to the contacts. Early signs of problems may not cause symptoms and routine follow-ups will help prevent such problems.


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** Please call if you have problems or questions. Let us know immediately if you lose or tear a trial contact lens. You must wear your trial contacts into your 1 week follow-up appointment.

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