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Contact Lenses

Prior to handling your contact lenses always wash and rinse your hands thoroughly with a non-cosmetic soap or a soap free of perfumes, oils, or lotions. Fingernails should be trimmed, especially on the fingers handling the contact lenses. Inspect the contact lens prior to insertion looking for any defects, rips or loose debris on the lens. Determine if the lenses is inside out.

Step 1
Choose which eye you are going to insert the lens into, then always follow this pattern. If is your right eye, always put your right contact lens in first and when it is time to remove the contact lens always remove the right lens first. This will result in less confusion and you will be less likely to mix the right and left lens up. Using the example of the right eye utilize the right index finger to insert the lens. Secure the upper eyelashes with your opposite hand against the brow. Utilizing your middle finger of your right hand and with the contact lens stabilized on your right index finger pull down and secure the lower lid. It is important to open the eyelids as wide as you can as well as firmly holding them in place.
**Releasing your eyelashes too soon and not firmly holding them in place is a common mistake among early contact lens wearers.
Step 2
Once your eyelids are securely in place slowly bring the contact lens toward your eye while looking “through” the lens and finger, and gently place the contact lens on the cornea (the round, apparently colored circle in the center of your eye). The use of a mirror may be beneficial in directing the lens towards your eye. However, it is important that you can also learn to master the insertion and removal technique without the use of a mirror. Once the contact lens is on the eye slowly, roll the eye up, down, side to side.** If the lens tends to stick to the index finger instead of the cornea, lift the lens off the finger and wipe any excess solution off the finger by rubbing it between your thumb (like snapping your finger) or the palm of your hand. Then proceed to Step 1. (A contact lens will have a tendency to stick to whatever is more wet, your finger or the cornea.)
Step 3
Once the contact lens appears to be on the cornea slowly release the lower lid first then the upper lid. Close your eyelid and gently “pat” the eyelid to release any air bubbles that may have accumulated under the contact lens. Gently blink the eye a few times. Congratulations you just inserted your Lens!Repeat the procedure for the second lens.**It is important that you discard the solution in the storage case so that fresh solution may be used in the evening.
If the vision is blurred after insertion, please check the following:a) The lens has not been properly cleaned, or if cleaned, not thoroughly rinsed.b) A foreign particle is trapped between the lens and the eye, If so, remove the lens and rinse.c) The lens is inside out. If so, remove the lens, invert and insert.d) The lens is torn or has a defect. If a tear is suspected and discomfort is experienced, DO NOT wear the lens. Most tears occur due to rough handling, fingernails, chipping by the storage case, or drying out.If everything is in order and the irritation or blur continues, call the office, at 770-614-8577, for assistance.
Verify that the contact lens is centered on your eye and in place. Typically, if your vision is clear the lens is in place. Pull down the lower lid with your middle finger of your preferred hand and with the tip of your index finger (same hand), lightly touch the bottom edge of the lens. While looking up, slide the lens down onto the white part of your eye. Then gently pinch the lens off the white part of your eye using your thumb and index finger. If the lens sticks together, place it in the palm of your hand and soak it thoroughly with your solution. Gently roll the lens with your index finger in the palm of your hand in a back and forth motion. If gently rubbing does not separate the lens, soak it in the recommended disinfecting solution until it resumes normal shape. DO NOT try to pull the lens apart it may tear.
After a period of wear time which is different for each patient, contact lenses will become coated with various tear components including mucous, lipids, and proteins. They can build up throughout the day and must be cleaned off immediately following lens removal. In order to prevent complications resulting from dirty or contaminated lenses, the lenses must be cleaned, disinfected and stored for a required amount of time, typically overnight. Disinfection prevents an overgrowth of bacteria and fungus that have the potential for causing eye infections or destroying the lens material. Your doctor has recommended a particular cleaning and disinfecting solution suitable for your contact lenses and based upon your needs. It is important to utilize and adhere to the recommended solution. This solution was discussed and the routine was demonstrated to you in the office. Also, please review the directions of the solution manufacturer. Used properly, the solution prescribed is an antibacterial system which will keep your lenses free of contaminants. Utilize fresh solution on a daily basis, do not try reuse the solution. We recommend that you periodically check the solution’s expiration dates to avoid adverse reactions and to insure proper hygiene of your lenses.

Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) contact lenses

Listed below are the video clips that contain instructions on how to apply and care for your Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) contact lenses.

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Lens Application

Lens Recenterning

Lens Removal

Lens Care

Staying on the path to success

What should I do if I experience pain, redness,discomfort?
If theses symptoms occur, remove the lenses, inspect for defects, clean, rinse and reinsert. If the symptoms persist remove the lenses and call our office for an appointment.

Can I use tap water to clean my contact lenses?
No, Tap water contains impurities, chlorine, metal particles, and minerals which can damage the lens. In addition, tap water may also contain microbial organisms which can lead to serious infections of the eye. Saline, distilled and/or purified water have no disinfection properties and also should not be used to clean and disinfect your contact lenses.

Do I ever need to replace or discard my contact lens case?
Yes, you should discard the contact lens storage cases on a quarterly basis or as the manufacturer insert suggests. Data indicates that these contact lens storage cases are a significant source of microbial contamination. You should only use the approved storage case for your particular solution and properly clean them on a daily basis.

Can I swim in my contact lenses?
NO, soft contact lenses should not be worn for swimming or other sports unless a mask is worn.

What about my Glasses, do I need them?
Absolutely, glasses should always be considered your primary source of vision correction. There will be days that you may not be able to wear your contact lenses and you will need to perform your daily activities. It is also important to give your eyes a break from repetitive contact lens wear.

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