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When cared for properly, contact lenses can provide a healthy, comfortable and convenient vision correction option. Whether you are new to contact lenses or not, the following FAQs and tips will help you to enjoy their benefits.
Do I need to see an eye doctor in order to wear contacts?
For your own safety, we believe that you must seek the care of a licensed eye care professional before you use contact lenses. Only your eye care professional is educated, trained and licensed to examine, and properly fit the lens to your eyes. By visiting your eye care professional, you can be sure that you will receive the right contact lenses for your eyes and personal vision correction needs, as well as instructions on how to properly care for them.
Furthermore, proper follow-up care by your eye care professional is essential to ensure eye health throughout your life. Over time, your eyes and lenses can change, often without symptoms or warning signs which may put you at risk for developing potentially serious complications, including vision loss. Please contact our office for comprehensive evaluation every 12 months.
How long can I wear my contacts?
Different lenses are made for different wearing schedules. Our patients are educated to take out their contact lenses daily to provide the best eye health. To protect your eyes from serious complications, it is important that you follow the wearing schedule that we provide you.
How do I Insert and Remove my Lenses?
It is important that you wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly each time you handle your lenses. Good hygiene helps to eliminate germs which can cause eye infection - especially for smokers. Do not insert a lens into an eye that is red, irritated or painful.
How should I take care of my lenses?
Depending on the type of lens you are wearing, there are many different options for cleaning and disinfecting your lenses. Some lenses, such as daily disposable lenses, require little to no lens care - they are simply thrown away after each use. However, if you wear lenses that your eye care professional has recommended that you take out and re-insert into your eye, they should be cleaned and disinfected after each use. Proper care for your lenses can help your lenses stay clean and comfortable for you to wear.
What can I do to reduce the risk for infection?
Clean and safe handling of contact lenses is one of the most important measures contact lens wearers can take to protect their sight. The following are a few tips you can follow while cleaning and wearing your contact lenses to help avoid any adverse events:
- Always wash and dry your hands before touching contact lenses.
- Carefully and regularly clean your contact lenses.
- Never use water direct from the tap to rinse your lenses or your lens case.
- Use fresh solution each time you place your lenses in a lens storage case. Do not "top off." ("Topping off" is adding a little more solution to the solution that is already in the case.)
- Rinse your lens case with solutions recommended by your eye care professional.
- A new lens case should be used with each new bottle of solution.
- Do not swim without protective goggles while wearing contact lenses. Swimming while wearing contact lenses can cause serious problems and is not recommended.
- Use only solutions intended for usage with contact lenses and never reuse your solutions.
- Replace your contact lenses as recommended by your eye care professional as well as the manufacturer of the lens. Carefully and regularly clean your contact lenses.