CONTACT LENS CARE-Frequent replacement lenses
q Before handling the lenses, always wash hands with soap, free of deodorants and lotion. Be sure to dry hands and use a clean towel.
q Keep fingernails short and clean.
q When removing lenses over a sink, make sure the drain is closed or covered.
q Avoid use of oil-based cosmetics, shampoos or cream base soaps to prevent accumulation of hard to remove oils on lenses.
q Apply makeup (e.g. mascara) sparingly after the lenses are inserted so that the particles of cosmetics do not become lodged under a lens.
q Keep eyes tightly closed when applying aerosols after inserting lenses (e.g. hair spray or deodorant)
q For racquet sports, protective eye gear should be worn at all times.
q Do not sleep while wearing contact lenses since this significantly increases your risk of corneal ulcers that can cause scarring and permanent vision loss. This is a significant risk for contact lenses that are ‘approved’ for over night wear and therefore should be approached with caution bearing in mind if it is worth the risk.
q Showering, hot tub use and swimming are not recommended with contact lenses without the use of goggles. Bacteria exist even in chlorinated pools and CL wear increases the risk of serious infection and eye damage.
q Clean lenses daily and follow the wearing time schedules. New contact lens patients should begin wearing time at 4 hours and increase by 2 hours a day if possible. All wearers should observe a maximum of 12 hours. Frequent replacement lenses should be changed on a regular basis as prescribed by Dr. Merritt.
q Do not clean your lenses with household detergents or shampoos or water.
q Solutions must by changed daily. Always use new solution; do not top up used solution since this decreases the disinfection of the lenses compared to fresh solution. Do not change solution brands and do not use generic versions.
q Wash your case daily with hot tap water inside and out. Keep it open and dry between uses. Change the case every three months.
q Do not expose your lenses to extreme heat or cold.
q If the eye feels irritated with the contact lens, try (1) moving the lens onto the white part of the eye, then back into place. (2) removing the lens, inspect for nicks or tears again. If intact, clean and replace on the eye. When irritation persists, do not wear the lenses that day. Try again another day and if discomfort persists see your optometrist.
q Do not wear your lenses if they are ripped, if your eyes are red, or if there is an unusual discharge from the eye. See your optometrist if any unusual symptoms arise.
q Never lend or exchange lenses with anyone.
q Please wear your contact lenses to all your progress check appointments unless there are any problems. You will also need to bring your case and glasses to your contact lens check-ups.
q Use of contact lenses increases the risk of corneal ulcers that can cause scarring and reduce vision and in severe cases, cause blindness; therefore it is very important to follow all instructions to minimize this risk.
In order to ensure prolonged comfort and success with your contact lenses, your eyes should be checked regularly. Yearly eye exams are recommended unless more frequently is advised.