Contact Lens Overview
Contact lenses are great for a variety of lifestyles and ages. For most people they begin wearing their contacts part-time but fall in love and use them more often. Another great thing about contact lenses is that they are available in a large variety of prescriptions and help to provide clear vision just like your glasses. Contacts today are more comfortable than ever! Our companies continue to innovate new designs that increase comfort for you. Did you know that contacts don’t even touch your eye? Interestingly they literally float in front of your cornea (the front part of your eye) in a thin layer of tears, automatically produced by your eye.
Check your eyes regularly
- Is there any pain or significant discomfort? (Feel good)
- Is there any redness or other changes visible? (Look good)
- Has there been any change in vision or blurriness? (See good)
Survival guide for Contact Lens Wearers
- Always wash your hands before touching your eye or lenses
- Follow your contact lens care instructions carefully
- Don’t wear Contact Lenses overnight unless advised by your optometrist
- Only use daily lenses 1 day or overnight
- NEVER use tap water, saliva or unpreserved saline to clean your contact lenses or case
- NEVER swim in your lenses unless you plan on removing and throwing away within 1-2hrs of exiting the water
- Change your brand of solution only after discussing with your Optometrist first
- Avoid sharing or swapping your contact lenses with others
- Don’t wear contact lenses if you are feeling unwell, eg. cold/flu as more likely to get germs around the eye
- The case should be clean and dry when you add the contact lens and then filled with fresh solution each time
- Get a contact lens review at least every 12 months
- If you experience any problems, take out your contact lenses immediately and contact us.
Contact Lens Do’s
- Wash your hands with a mild soap and dry them with a lint-free towel before touching your contacts
- Insert or remove your contacts in the same order (left then right or vice versa) to avoid getting your lenses mixed up
- Clean, rinse, and disinfect your contact lenses following your eye care provider’s instructions each time you remove them
- Keep all solution bottles closed when not in use
- Clean your contact lens case daily
- Replace your contact lens case every three months
- Remove contacts before you go swimming
Contact Lens Don’ts
- Allow soaps, cosmetics, or other substances to come into contact with your lenses
- Touch the tip of a contact lens care solution bottle to any surface, including your finger or your contact lens
- Re-use—or add additional solution to—old contact lens care solution in the case
- Wear contacts for longer than the prescribed time
- Use solution after the expiration date marked on the bottle
In and Out How To
- To get you started, here is a simple step-by-step method for inserting your contacts.
- Thoroughly wash your hands and dry them using a clean lint-free towel.
- Remove your contact lens from the case and place it on the tip of your dry index finger of your dominant hand.
- Now face your opposite shoulder to the eye that you are about to insert the contact to. Look towards the mirror – so that you can see what you are doing.
- Using your middle finger, on your dominant hand hold down your bottom eyelid. Whilst doing this hold open your top lid using your pointer finger, of your non dominant hand.
- Place the contact lens on the sclera (white part of the eye) closest to your ear. Once you feel like you have place the contact on your eye slowly look towards your ear so that the contact will go on your iris (coloured part of your eye).
- Slowly release your bottom lid and then your top lid. Blink firmly.
Travel and Contact Lenses
Travelling doesn’t mean no contacts but there are a few things you need to know and remember when travelling with contacts.
1. Try not to fly in contacts
- The air in planes is constantly recycled which not only dehydrates you but also your contact lenses, making them – at times – less comfortable. Therefore if you plan on flying in contacts make sure to take drops to remoisten your eyes or fly wearing your glasses.
2. Pack a travel eye care solution bag (TECS bag)
- Take more contacts than you will need: this is in case you need to throw out some or they get damaged
- Take your glasses. You don’t want to be on holidays and not be able to see. If for some reason you can’t wear your contacts you still need to be able to see or risk missing out on some amazing sights on holidays.
- Take enough cleaning solution to last you + a little more – helpful hint: keep all solutions in a sealed plastic bag in case of leaks
- Take lubricating eye drops (in single use vials) to help with dry eyes (eg. Systane Ultra or Refresh Tears)
3. Know where you are going and plan with our optometrists
- If you are going somewhere that doesn’t have access to clean water make sure you discuss this with our optometrists because inserting lenses with unclean hands can result in nasty infections. Also, if you are going to be in a very different climate from where you are normally or doing lots of different activities to normal our optometrists may suggest a different type or brand of contact lenses for your holidays.