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Contact Lens Wearing Guide


Reasons for choosing contact lenses

Each wearer has a different reason for using contact lenses. However, in our experience the major reasons why our customers want the option of contact lenses in addition to glasses are:

1. Convenience: for example daily disposables require no cleaning or care (unlike glasses).
2. Aesthetics: many wearers prefer the look of contact lenses to glasses.
3. Sports Use: Lenses give you the feedom to enjoy many sports that are not possible to play with glasses. “I.e heading a football”.


Types of contact lenses

Contact lenses can be split into the following groups:

1. Daily Disposables –a fresh pair of every day
2. Two Weekly Disposables –a fresh pair every two weeks
3. Monthly Disposables –a fresh pair every month
4. Extended Wear Lenses – Continually worn day and night and removed on a two weekly / monthly basis
5. Toric Lenses – for patients who suffer from astigmatism
6. Multi-Focal Lenses – provide correction for patients for both distance and close tasks in one lens (The contact lens alternative to Varifocals in Glasses)
7. Coloured Contact Lenses – fashion lenses for people who fancy a change from their natural eye colour.



How to get contact lenses for the first time

If you currently wear glasses and want to try contact lenses the first thing you should do is book a contact lens examination with your Optician. He / she will take you through the whole process of getting fitted for contact lenses:

1. Your Optician with check your suitability for lenses & fit you
2. They will teach you how to insert & remove your lenses and care for them
3. You will be given a trial set to last your for a week or two
4. Your Optician will then re-check the fitting of the lenses and the vision you are getting through them.
5. You can then buy your first supply of lenses from your opticians.
6. Once that period is ended you can visit your opticians and ask for a copy of your lens prescription which you can use on our site to validate your lens orders, or alternatively order your lenses from us and we will call and validate it with your opticians for you.

 


Inserting Your Contact Lenses

Your should already be a dab hand at inserting and removing your lenses if you are ordering your lenses from us, as your opticians will have already taught you how to insert your lenses but here is a little refresher for you.

Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before applying your contact lenses. Avoid scented or oily soaps that might adhere to the lens surface. Especially avoid using products containing any moisturizing lotions.

We advise applying the first contact lens in the same eye, so you'll avoid the possibility of mixing up lenses for the right eye and left eye.

Other helpful guidelines:

• Gently shake your lens case from side to side before opening, to loosen the contact lens should it adhere to the side.
• Slide the lens out of its case and into the palm of your hand. Rinse thoroughly with the appropriate contact lens solution if necessary.
• Place the contact lens on the tip of your index or middle finger, which should be dry or mostly dry.
• With the fingers and thumb of your other hand, simultaneously pull up on your upper eyelid and down on your lower eyelid.
• Position the lens on your eye while looking upward or forward, whichever you find to be easier. You also can apply the contact lens by placing it on the white of the eye closest to your ear.
• Gently close your eye, look up and then look down to help remove any air bubbles under the lens and to help the lens settle, and then blink.
• Look closely in the mirror to make sure the lens is centered on your eye. If it is correct then the lens should be comfortable and your vision should be clear through that eye.

 

Practice makes perfect so don’t despair if you’re finding it difficult for the first few days or weeks. If you continue to have difficulty inserting your lenses then call and make an appointment with your Opticians who should be happy to observe your technique and help you improve it.

 

 

Removing your contact lenses

Always wash your hands before removing contact lenses. If you are standing in front of a sink, use a clean paper towel to cover the drain where the contact lens might accidentally fall.

To remove soft contact lenses, look upward or sideways while pulling down on your lower eyelid. With your forefinger or middle finger, gently manoeuvre the lens onto the white of your eye. There, you can very gently pinch the lens together with your index finger and thumb and lift it off the eye.

Until you master contact lens removal, it’s a good idea to keep your fingernails short to avoid accidentally scratching your eye when removing your lenses.

Don’t panic about "losing" a contact lens in the back of the eye, this is actually impossible because of a membrane that connects your eye to the back of your eyelid.

Your lenses may be caught under one of your eyelids but this can be easily caressed down from the lid by moving your finger down gently over the top of your eyelid.

 

 

Cleaning and storing contact lenses

Your optician will have advised you on which type of contact lens solution is best suited for you contact lenses whether it be an all in one solution or a peroxide system solution.

Your cleaning and storing regime will differ depending on which solution you are using. The most important thing to remember with both of these systems is to use fresh solution in your case EVERY time you wear and store your lenses. Peroxide systems generally take 7 hours to neutralise to be ph balanced and not sting your eyes on insertion whereas all in one solutions are already ph balanced.

Your lenses should be stored overnight to allow the solution to properly clean and disinfect the lenses over a good period of time.
Warning: please never use water to clean or store your contact lenses. Water does not have the necessary contents to disinfect your contact lens correctly. In fact, cleaning your contact lenses with water may lead to a contamination of your lenses and has been known to cause irreparable harm to the eye.

If you wear daily disposables you do not have to worry about storing your contact lenses as outlined above. However, if you drop your lens or something gets caught in your eye you may have to clean it. Saline solution is always good to have as this is perfect to use to irrigate your lenses if you


How long to wear your lenses for:

It is important to realise that the recommended wearing time for a contact lens will vary by the type of lens and the wearer. Contact lens manufacturers provide wearing guidelines for your lenses (usually found on the packaging). Please follow the wearing schedule suggested by your Optician as he / she is best placed to advice you.



When to get in touch with your Optician

You should get in touch with your Optician if you are:

• Your prescription is close to expiring / due for a contact lens examination (typically every 12 months)
• In need of a new copy of your contact lens prescription
• Experiencing a deterioration in the standard of your vision with contact lenses
• Considering changing to a contact lens / solution which was not recommended by the person who fitted your contact lenses.

If you experience any of the following symptoms / irritations in your eyes please firstly take your lenses out (even if wearing them seems to lessen the discomfort or symptoms) and secondly contact your Optician as soon as possible:

• Reduction in Vision
• Redness
• Discomfort
• Excessive watering

If your Optician is not available immediately and the problem is causing your severe discomfort you should consult you GP or go to Accident and Emergency at your local hospital.


Aftercare

Aftercare is the advise and medical care that should be provided to you after you are fitted with lenses or buy a pair of contact lenses. At a minimum, contact lens aftercare should include both advice on and helping to make arrangements for:

• Regular contact lens examinations
• Where you can go in an emergency
• What signs or symptoms you should watch out for
• How to remove your contact lenses during an emergency
• Who your local contact for advice is

Aftercare is provided by your Optician and supplier of contact lenses. OpticWorld provides a lot of advice on our website and over the phone about aftercare and your Optician is obliged provide you with all of the access you need to professional medical advice and care. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions about the aftercare of your lenses.