Instructions for Contact Lens Wearers
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Instructions for Contact Lens Wearers Care of your Contact Lenses Before handling your contact lens, you must always ensure that you thoroughly wash you hands. When inserting and removing the contact lens it is important that you follow the procedure you have been shown by your practitioner. It is best to handle the contact lens over a flat surface to avoid loss or damage. If rinsing over a sink, remember to put the plug in first! As well as keeping the contact lens clean it is important that you look after your storage case. This should be washed in saline or hot soapy water, rinsed and left to dry in the air at least every week. Your contact lens case should be replaced regularly. Do's and Don'ts for Contact Lens Wearers · Never sleep in your contact lenses · Never wear a chipped or torn contact lens as this can damage your eye · Never swim in your contact lenses · Never use eye drops to 'cure' any redness caused by contact lens wear · Never clean or wet your contact lens with saliva, household detergents, chemicals or cleaning fluids · Take care when applying any form of makeup, hairspray or perfume · Always try to keep an up to date pair of spectacles available · Always clean your contact lens exactly as instructed · Always keep all contact lens solutions out of the reach of children · Always have your eyes and contact lenses checked regularly IF IN DOUBT, TAKE THEM OUT! AfterCare Checks After you have been fitted with a contact lens, a series of after care appointments is necessary. These will check that the contact lenses are fitting your eyes properly and that your eyes are still healthy. The timing of the checks will vary to suit individual needs, but you need to attend for an aftercare at least once a year. For all aftercare visits you should attend wearing you contact lenses (preferably having had them in for more than an hour) and bring your contact lens case and spectacles with you. Adaptation to New Contact Lenses It is normal to experience some slight discomfort and minor difficulties with your vision such as watering, abnormal blinking, itching or stinging of eyes and sensitivity to bright lights. To minimise discomfort, avoid wearing your contact lens in dusty, smoky or dry environments. Your contact lens may decentre and move onto the white of your eye. Do not panic, as they cannot be lost behind your eye. Manoeuvring with the eyelid or removing the contact lens and reinserting in the correct position can easily recentre all types of contact lens. You will have been shown how to do this when you collected you contact lens. With rigid gas permeable contact lenses you may also notice slight blurring of you vision when you return to wearing you glasses after contact lens wear. This should clear within thirty to sixty minutes.