New Contact Lens Wearer Guide

Before You Start

Find a well-lit area with a mirror, preferably over a clean surface or sink (with the plug in!)
Have some tissues handy
Wash and dry your hands
Make sure you know which lens if for each eye

Do's & Don'ts

Do…

Wash your hands with anti-bacterial handwash and dry thoroughly on a lint free towel before insertion and removal of contact lenses.
Remove lenses if they feel uncomfortable.
Replace solution in your case every day.
Rub and rinse lenses before soaking each evening.
Always insert and remove the same lens first to avoid confusion.
Replace lenses when recommended.
Attend regular aftercare appointments.

Don’t…

Sleep in your contact lenses overnight.
Swim, shower or go in a sauna with contact lenses in.
Wear your contact lenses for longer than advised.
Use damaged lenses.
Wash your contact lenses or case in tap water- rinse with solution only.
Swap lenses over, even if they are the same prescription for left and right.

Guidance Notes for Monthly Disposable Contact Lens Wearers

Please take time to read these notes as soon as you pick up your new contact lenses. If the following is adhered to you will find that you adapt to your lenses a lot more quickly and easily.

Wearing Schedule

You will have been informed of the length of time that you should wear your contact lenses on a daily basis. For a new soft contact lens wearer, this will be 4 hours on the first day, increasing wear by 2 hours a day, up to a maximum of 12 hours in any one day. Please try very hard to meet the wearing times allocated in your schedule.

It is very important that you do not sleep in your lenses unless you have been advised otherwise.

Adaptation

It will usually take around 2 weeks to adapt to your contact lenses fully. Determination and a real desire to be successful will help enormously in overcoming any initial problems, for example:

  • A “foreign body” sensation in the eyes
  • Increased light sensitivity
  • A sense of visual distortion
  • Eyes that tire quickly with concentrated near visual tasks

These effects are likely to be worse if contact lenses are worn in hot, dry, smoky or dusty environments including air conditioned buildings, which should certainly be avoided for the first few days of contact lens wear. Extensive and concentrated near vision tasks, for example long periods of time looking at a computer screen, should also be avoided at the beginning.

In time it will be possible to adapt to these situations and you will be able to enjoy comfortable lens wear and good clear vision.

Handling

Most new contact lens wearers do find the process of inserting and removing lenses frustrating - this is quite normal! It will I get better with practice.

Allow half an hour to pass after you have woken, before you insert your lenses. This will ensure that any debris has been flushed out of the eye. It is then a good idea to sit at a table with a mirror, where it is also well lit. Long sighted wearers may find a magnifying mirror helpful.

Always wash your hands before handling your contact lenses, making sure that when you dry them, you do not have any fluff on your fingers. Also make sure that you only apply make-up after you have inserted the lenses. When you are ready to insert the lenses, take your time and remember the instructions that you received in the practice.

If the lenses do not feel comfortable and settled within in the first few minutes take them out, rinse with solution and try again. If you find a chip or tear in the lens then do not insert but seek our professional advice.

Lens Care

You will be given a starter pack of solution to use whilst trying the new lenses. It is important to be rigorous in your cleaning regime. Also ensure that solutions do not go out of date - the time of which is reduced once the bottle has been opened.

Tap water has been shown to harbour a broad range of micro-organisms which can be harmful to the eye, especially during contact lens wear. To clean the case we recommend rinsing with your supplied solution and drying it with a clean tissue, then leave the case to air dry whilst you are wearing the contact lenses. Regular replacement of the cases. every three months, will reduce the likelihood of any eye infections.

General Notes

It is important to attend regular check-ups with the Optometrist as recommended at the time of the initial fitting. This is so that your vision remains satisfactory, and your eyes stay healthy.

All contact lens wearers need a back up pair of glasses that give an acceptable standard of vision. This is particularly relevant if you have an upper respiratory tract infection i.e.”cold”. Also if your eyes are red ir irritated then it is best to wear your glasses until they have calmed down. Lenses should not be worn on an extended wear basis if you are at all unwell.

There is an increased risk of infections whilst in the swimming pool. It is recommended that you do not wear contact lenses for water sports.

Remember “if in doubt, take it out”! then revert to glasses and seek advice, especially if you are in pain or if you have any blurred vision or redness.

Finally - enjoy your new contact lenses! - and good luck

Guidance Notes for Daily Disposable Contact Lens Wearers

Please take the time to read these notes as soon as you pick up your new contact lenses. If the following is adhered to you will find that you adapt to your lenses a lot more quickly and easily.

Wearing Schedule

You will have been informed of length of time you should wear your contact lenses on a daily basis. For a new soft contact lens wearer, this will be 4 hours on the first day, increasing wear by 2 hours a day, up to a maxim um of 12 hours in any one day. Please try very hard to meet the wearing times allocated in your schedule.

It is very important that you do not sleep in your lenses.

Adaptation

It will usually take around 2 weeks to adapt to your contact lenses fully. Determination and a real desire to be successful will help enormously in overcoming any initial problems, for example:

  • A “foreign body” sensation in the eyes
  • Increased light sensitivity
  • A sense of visual distortion
  • Eyes that tire quickly with concentrated near visual tasks

These effects are likely to be worse if contact lenses are worn in hot, dry or dusty environments including air conditioned buildings, which should certainly be avoided for the first few days of contact lens wear. Extensive and concentrated near vision tasks, for example long periods of time looking at a computer screen, should also be avoided at the beginning.

In time it will be possible to adapt to these situations and you will be able to enjoy comfortable lens wear and good clear vision.

Handling

Most new contact lens wearers do find the process of inserting and removing lenses frustrating - this is quite norma1 ! It will get better with practice.

Allow half an hour to pass after you have woken, before you insert your lenses. This will ensure that any debris has been flushed out of the eye. lt is then a good idea to sit at a table with a mirror, where it is also well lit. Long sighted wearers may find a magnifying mirror helpful.

Always wash your hands before handling your contact lenses, making sure that when you dry them, you do not have any fluff on your fingers. Also make sure that you only apply make-up after you have inserted the lenses. When you are ready to insert the lenses, take your time and remember the instructions that you received in the practice.

If the lenses do not feel comfortable and settle within the first few minutes then take it out, rinse with saline and try again. If you find a chip or tear in the lens then do not insert the lens but seek our professional advice.

Lens Care

Tap water has been shown to harbour a broad range of micro-organisms which can be harmful to the eye, especially during contact lens wear. If you feel that the lens needs a rinse during handling, use some steri le saline solution.

When you have worn the lens for a day, throw it away; do not be tempted to re-use the lens.

General Notes

It is very important to attend regular check-ups with the Optometrist as recommended at the time of the initial fitting. This is so that your vision remains satisfactory and your eyes stay healthy.

All contact lens wearers need a back-up pair of glasses that give an acceptable standard of vision. This is particularly relevant if you have an upper respiratory tract infection i.e. “cold”. Also if your eyes are red or irritated then it is best to wear your glasses until they have clamed down. Lenses should not be worn on an extended wear basis if you are at a ll unwell.

There is an increased risk of infections whilst in the swimming pool. It is recommended that you do not wear contact lenses for any water sports.

Remember “If in doubt, take it out”! then revert to glasses and seek advice, especially if you are in pain or if you have any blurred vision or redness.

Finally - Enjoy your new contact lenses! - and good luck.