Contact Lens Care
By far, the most important step to putting in contacts is your hand cleaning procedures. It is what will protect you contacts and your eyes. Wash your hand thoroughly with a mild soap. Then dry your hands with lint free towels.
Opening the Contact Package
When opening a new package of contacts it is important to do two things. First, gently shake the case before opening. This is to lubricate the contact to stop any damage from happening. Second, it is wise to open the case while it is resting firmly on a flat surface to reduce the chance of the lenses falling out.
Removing Contacts from Package
When removing a lens, try to use your finger tips and never your finger nail. Using your finger nails could damage the lens; you should not use the lens if this happens. Verify that the lens has no or tears, scratches, or nicks. Also, look over each lens to be sure that it is clear in color and has nothing on it.
Now, you want to be sure that the lens is not inside out. While holding the lens on your fingertip, the edges should turn inward, shaped like a bowl. If the lens has flared edges, it is inside out and you must carefully flip it.
Putting the Lens on Your Eye
It's important to start with your right eye. Carefully place your forefinger or middle finger on your lower eye lid, and use your other hand to lift the upper eye lid. Slowly place the lens on your eye, and carefully close your eye lids. The lens will usually center itself within a few seconds of blinking. If it does not center, close your eye and maneuver the lens into place. Then repeat with left eye.
Removing the Lens
Remember to always wash your hands prior to removing your contacts. I recommend the pinch method to remove the contacts. It is simple, just look up and with two fingers pinch the contact to break the suction and pull the lens away from your eye.
- Washing and drying your hands before touching the lenses is needed to protect you and your contacts.
- Check expiration dates on the contact lenses and the Multi-Purpose Solution before every use.
- Never use anything accept Multi-Purpose Solution to clean contact lenses or cases.
- Always remember to keep the contacts stored in a dry and cool place. Also remember to keep eye drops with you, in case your eyes start to dry.
- Always keep your contact lens case clean, using Multi-Purpose Solution every time you use them.
- Keep your contact lens case closed securely.