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Lens Care and Handling Do's & Don'ts

Teaching patients to handle and care for their contact lenses is the key to long term success. Giving patients thorough instructions for solutions and care, along with a firm list of Do’s and Don’ts can increase their initial success, resulting in a satisfied patient. Technicians have an excellent opportunity to get patients started on the right track with just a few simple suggestions.

DO'S

Wash hands thoroughly with warm soapy water and dry thoroughly with a lint-free towel before handling lenses. Avoid any soap containing fragrances or oils.

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Clean your case in hot soapy water, at least once a week to avoid bacterial growth. Rinse thoroughly with hot water and air dry or dry with a clean lint free tissue daily to avoid bacterial growth.

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Before applying lenses, inspect lens surface for debris, cracks, tears or breaks. Never apply broken or damaged lenses.

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When handling your lenses, work over a clean flat surface and remember to place the plug into the sink to avoid lens loss. If a lens is dropped, re-clean and rinse prior to reapplication.

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Insert lenses prior to application of cosmetics or lotions to avoid getting residue on the lens surface. Many of these products contain oils that can adhere to the lens surface.

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Carry a storage case with clean, fresh solution and back-up glasses with you at all times, if possible. Change the solution in the case daily.

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Close your eyes when using spray aerosol products. Keep eye closed until mist falls to avoid leaving residue on the contact lens surface.

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Always remove contacts prior to swimming. If this is impossible, wear well fitted swim goggles or mask to avoid contact lenses coming in contact with water.

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Always wear protective eye wear to prevent injury to the eye.

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DON'TS

Never wear lenses if your eyes are uncomfortable or red.

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Never place contact lenses in your mouth for cleaning or wetting.

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Never rinse or soak lenses in tap water. Tap water contains bacteria that can be harmful to the eye.

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Never rub eyes with contact lenses in place.

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Never expose lenses to extreme heat or cold. Extreme temperatures can damage the lens material.

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These simple reminders can help patients to be successful with their lenses, and promote good hygiene and healthy wear.

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