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Contact lens care regimen - Part2 | What should you not do with Contact Lenses

Contact Lens care regimen - What you should not do...

    Contact lenses are medical devices and directly used in the eyes, which should be used carefully.

What you should not do...
• Do not wear your contact lenses, if you notice any issue with your contact lenses such as eye-stinging, burning, itching, eye pain, comfort less than when the lens was first put in, abnormal feeling of something in the eye, excessive watering, unusual eye secretions, redness, reduced sharpness of vision, blurred vision, rainbows or halos around objects, sensitivity to light or dry eyes.

• Do not use oily soap/sticky liquid soap to rinse your hands, it's traces may remain in your palm and cause irritation after wearing the lens/lenses.

• Do never use any household products to disinfect your contact lenses (they can seriously damage your eyes).

• Do not wear your contact lenses for a longer period than advised.

• Do not sleep or take nap with contact lenses on.

• Do not handle contact lenses over washbasin or sink area as they may fall into and get contaminated.

• Do not reuse contact lens disinfecting solution for two days or more.

• Do not use tap water or filter (RO) water to rinse or store your contact lenses.

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• Do not dilute any contact lens disinfecting solution as this may get contaminated & reduces their effectiveness.

• Do not overnight store your contact lenses in tap water or distilled water. Contact lenses are not safe with all varieties of eye drops.

• Do not rub your eyes vigorously with contact lens, when you have worn them. But you can do a gentle rub of your eyes with a contact lens on.

• Do not splash water directly into your eyes when you have worn contact lenses.

• Do not use contact lens disinfecting solution if you are allergic to any ingredient of it.

• Do not use all variety eye drop over contact lens, without being advised by your practitioner (few eye drops ie. lubricants, rewetting can be used - as per recommended by your practitioner).

• Do not keep your contact lenses without it's liquid otherwise they will be dried (dehydrated), and they will change their size and shape? Due to this, you will find more discomfort in your eyes while wearing them.

• Do not touch disinfecting solution bottle tip or nostril with finger/s. Otherwise, the disinfecting solution will get contaminated.

• Do not expose disinfecting solution bottle directly to Sunlight or hot areas.

• Do not wear your contact lenses in the presence of noxious or irritating vapors/fumes, smoke, or dusty conditions. you may experience discomfort in your eyes if you do so.

• Do not allow any hair spray or other cosmetics aerosols vapors to come into contact with your contact lenses.

• Do not wear oil base eyeliner or other cosmetics on the inner side of your eyelids. Particles of cosmetics may be stuck over the contact surface and cause discomfort in the eyes.

• Do not use saliva to wet your lenses, it is not true that your own bacteria are safe. But this may cause serious eye infections also.

• Do not wear reusable lenses while swimming as they may get contaminated with contact of water but daily disposable contact lenses can be worn, and thrown away after swimming.

• Do not frequently switch disinfecting solutions from one to another without checking your eye care practitioner. Otherwise, this could cause discomfort in your eyes as ingredients are different in all disinfecting solutions.

Contact Lens Care Regimen - Part 1 | Contact Lens management | What to do with Contact Lens

Contact Lens care regimen

     Contact lenses are medical devices for which you need a complete and comprehensive eye check-up in which your eye care professional will assess the health of your eyes and find the correct power for nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hypermetropia), and astigmatism. After check-ups of your eyes, your eye care professional will decide which contact lens will keep your eyes healthy and comfortable. Of course, regular eye examinations by your eye care professional are an important part of wearing a contact lens. Cleanliness is an important aspect of proper contact lens care and handling of your contact lenses. And here we recommend that you should always follow the instructions:

What you should do...

  • Thoroughly wash your hands with mild soap (or baby soap) to remove any traces of hand cream, dust, fluff, or dirt on your fingers, as these could end up in the lens and cause discomfort.
  • Dry your hands with a lint-free towel/cloth before insertion and removal of contact lenses to avoid tiny fibers (lint) getting on to lens surface.
  • Keep your fingernails short, smooth, and clean.
  • Spread cloth/sheet while insertion or removal of Contact lens/es so that they should not be lost over the floor.
  • Rub and rinse your lenses before insertion and after removal with the disinfecting solution recommended by the contact lens practitioner.
  • Clean contact lens cases after each use using fresh, sterile disinfecting solution/contact lens cleaner. 
  • Always insert and remove the same eye lens first, so that you do not mix-ups the right and left lenses.

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  • Rinse your Lens/es in your palm with the other hand’s index finger after making an angle of 30-45 degrees and the lens should be rubbed in ‘+’ sign or clock & anti-clockwise with 8-10 gentle strokes with a recommended solution – this process should be repeated twice. You can turn inside out only in soft contact lenses but can’t do in RGP (hard) contact lenses.
  • Before insertion of the lenses, you should Check that lens are not turned inside out (for soft contact lenses).
  • Now your contact lens/es are ready to insert.
  • After insertion and before removal of the contact lens/es – cover one eye and check the vision with opposite eye and do it for another eye also, by which eye injury can be avoided.
  • Rinse the lens case weekly once with cool boiled water or RO water with a toothbrush and mild soap (baby soap), when the lens/es are in the eye/s.
  • Contact lenses should always be stored in the contact lens case in a fresh recommended disinfecting solution regularly to remove the protein deposits, mucus, and film from the lens surface, even if they are not being used daily.
  • Disinfecting solution disinfects your contact lenses and protects them from microbial contamination and reduces the risk of an eye infection.
  • Disinfecting solution filled in lens case to soak the contact lenses also has a wetting and conditioning effect, which forms a cushion effect over the front and back of contact lens surface, and provides comfort immediately after insertion.
  • After removing your lenses from the lens case, empty and rinse the lens storage case with solution(s) recommended by the lens case manufacturer; then allow the lens case to air dry. When the case is used again, refill it with a fresh storage solution. Replace lens case at regular intervals.
  • Rigid gas permeable contact lenses should always be soaked in disinfecting solution for better comfort. Keep them in dry state if you are not using them for one week or more.
  • The disinfecting solution can be used within 75-90 days of opening the seal of the bottle and the remaining solution should be discarded after that duration.
  • Use disinfecting contact lens solution before the date of expiry marked on the bottle label or carton.
  • Apply the disinfecting solution bottle cap after every use to avoid contamination and evaporation.
  • After insertion of contact lenses in the eyes, you can apply only water-based make-up which does not deposit over contact lenses. If you want to remove the make-up then you should take out the contact lens first from the eyes, and then remove the make-up.
  • For the best safety, wherever you go carry your contact lens case and disinfecting solution with you. So that you can store your contact lenses in a lens case if needed.
  • If you experience any kind of eye discomfort, excessive watering (tearing), fluctuation in vision, and redness in the eye - remove your contact lens from your eyes immediately and consult your eye care practitioner.
  • Replace lenses if they become damaged, chipped-off, or scratched.