Contact Lens Education

Contact Lens Education
 
 


CONTACT LENS FITTING

Whether you are new to contact lenses, or wish to upgrade for your lifestyle, we have knowledgeable doctors and committed staff to assist you with all of your contact lens needs.  We look forward to assisting you in achieving optimal comfort and vision with less dependence on glasses.  
We recommend you begin by making an appointment with one of our doctors for a comprehensive eye exam to determine your visual demands and eye health needs.  In most cases, one or more follow up appointments and/or pairs of contact lenses may be necessary to achieve optimal success.  Certified staff are available to help you with your contact lens questions, including instructions on inserting and removing contact lenses and care of contact lenses.

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Please check with your vision insurance prior to making your appointment, as contact lens services are not covered by all insurances, and fees will be due at the time of service.


CONTACT LENS CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Hygiene
-Always wash your hands prior to handling contact lenses.
-Avoid using hand lotion before handling contact lenses.
-Once your contact lenses are inserted, rinse your case under hot water and allow the case to air dry.
-Replace your lens case every 3 months.
-Always use fresh solution when placing your lenses in the case to be disinfected.
-Make-up should be applied after the lenses are in.  Remove your lenses prior to removing make-up.  Avoid oil-based make-up removers.
-Always use the recommended rinsing or wetting solution, or rewetting drops if your eyes feel dry.  


Preparation of insertion of any type of lens

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Insertion and removal instructions for soft lenses

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Insertion and removal instructions for RGP (Hard) lenses

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Insertion and removal instructions for scleral lenses

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Insertion, Removal, and Care of Hybrid lenses

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Cleaning and Care
-Always use the care system recommended by your doctor.  Substituting solutions may result in inferior cleaning and disinfection, or in some cases, allergic reactions with some contact lenses.  Consult your doctor with questions.
-Remember that bottles with Red Caps are not to go in your eyes.
-Recommended soft contact lens solutions:
    -Optifree Replenish
    -Clear Care
-Recommended gas permeable lens solutions:
    -Boston Advance
    -Optimum

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General Information
-Your eyes may feel more dry than usual when wearing contact lenses.  You may use re-wetting drops to help alleviate this discomfort.  Suggested drops:
    -Refresh tears or Refresh contact lens
    -Blink
-Do not use prescription or over the counter medicine eye drops with contact lenses in your eyes.
-Remove lenses for any water sports, such as swimming or water skiing, as there are bacteria in water that can soak into your contact lenses and create infections.
-Do not sleep in contact lenses unless specifically prescribed by your doctor.

How to Handle Emergencies
-Accidentally slept in contact lenses: Do NOT attempt to remove lenses right away.  Add a few drops of artificial tears or re-wetting drops to your eyes and wait 10 minutes before removing lenses.
-Excessive redness, mattering, itchiness, or soreness:  Do NOT wear your contact lenses until you see your doctor.  You may have an infection or inflammation that may need medical attention.  Call your doctor immediately to be seen.
-Possible lost lens in the eye: Due to the anatomy of the eye, the contact lens cannot travel “behind the eye”.  Sometimes when you are attempting to remove your lenses, you may irritate your eye, creating a sensation of something in your eye.  If you cannot remove your contact lens or feel you have something else in your eye, notify your doctor immediately.
-You suspect something is wrong: Do NOT wear your contact lenses and notify your doctor immediately