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Precaution while using Contact Lenses
A contact lens, or simply contact, is a thin lens placed directly on the surface of the eye.
61. Lens Wearing Precautions
You should remove your lenses immediately if your eyes become red or irritated. Neverwear your lenses beyond the amount of time recommended by yourMaster EyeDoctor. If aerosol (spray) products, such as hair spray, are used while wearing lenses, exercise caution andkeep your eyes closeduntil the spray has settled. Avoidall harmful or irritating vapors and fumes while wearing your contacts. Exposing contact lenses to water during swimming or while in a hot tubmay increase the risk of eye infectionfrom germs. You are advised to remove your soft lenses prior to swimming or while in a hot tub. Alwaysthrow away lenses worn as prescribed by our Doctors of Optometry.
62. Solution Precautions
Different lens care products cannot always be used together, and not all products are safe for use with all lenses. Use only recommended solutions. NEVERuse solutions recommended for conventional hard contact lenses only. Chemical disinfection solutionsshould not beused with heat unless specifically indicated on product labeling for use in both heat and chemical disinfection. Alwaysuse fresh lens care products and lenses before the expiration dates. Alwaysfollow the directions in the package inserts for the use of contact lens solutions. Useonlya chemical (not heat) lens care system unless approved by your eye care professional. Use of heat (thermal) care systems can damage some contact lens brands. DO NOTuse saliva or anything other than the recommended solutions for lubricating or wetting lenses. Alwayskeep your lenses completely covered by the recommended storage solution when the lenses are not being worn (stored). Extended periods of drying will make it harder for the lens to become wet again.
63. Other Precautions
If you wear your contact lenses to correctpresbyopiausing monovision youmay notbe able to get the best corrected visual acuity for either far or near vision. You should drive or operate machinery only when you feel your vision is completely adequate. Otherwise do not drive or operate machinery while wearing monovision or bifocal contacts. Alwayscontact your eye doctor before using any medicine in your eyes.
64. Be awarethat certain medications
Be awarethat certain medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, diuretics, muscle relaxants, tranquilizers and those for motion sickness may cause dryness of the eye, increased lens awareness (feeling of the lens in the eye) or blurred vision. Always inform your eye care professional if you experience any problems with your lenses while taking such medications. Depending on the severity, your eye care professional may prescribe the use oflubricating (wetting) dropsthat are indicated for use with soft contact lenses or may recommend that you stop wearing contact lenses while you are using these medications. Be aware that if you use oral contraceptives (birth control pills), you could develop changes in vision or comfort when wearing contact lenses.
65. Prepare the Lens for Wearing
Cleanliness is the first and most important aspect of proper contact lens care. In particular, your hands should be clean and free of any foreign substances when you handle your lenses. The procedures are: Wash your hands thoroughly, rinse completely and dry with a lintfree towel before touching your lenses. Avoid the use of soaps containing cold cream, lotion, or oily cosmetics before handling your lenses, since these substances may come into contact with the lenses and interfere with successful wearing. Handle your lenses with your fingertips, and be careful to avoid contact with fingernails.
66. Opening the Multipack and Lens Package Multipack
Each multipack contains individually packaged lenses. Each lens comes in its own lens package designed to keep it sterile. Keep your lenses inside the multipack for storage until you are ready to use them. The critical point to remember is that contact lenses are not intended to be used as protective devices. They are not a substitute for personal protective equipment (PPE) if eye and face protection is required for certain work operations then all workers, including contact lens wearers, should wear the proper protective devices. Safe work conditions for all workers are only possible when basic occupational health and safety practices and procedures are followed.
67. Lens Package
A. Peel back the foil closure to reveal the lens. b. Place a finger on the lens and slide the lens up the side of the bowl of the lens package until it is free of the container. Occasionally, a lens may stick to the inside surface of the foil when opened or to the plastic package itself. This will not affect the sterility of the lens. It is still perfectly safe to use. Carefully remove and inspect the lens following the handling instructions.
68. Handling the Lenses
When you first get your lenses, be sure that you are able to put the lenses on and remove them before leaving Master Eye Associates office. Develop the habit of always working with the same lens first to avoid mixups. Remove the lens from its storage case and examine it to be sure that it is moist, clean, clear, and free of any nicks or tears. If the lens appears damaged, DO NOT use it.
Always be sure the lens is on thecornea(in the center of your eye) before attempting to remove it. Determine this by covering the other eye. If vision is blurred, the lens is either on the white part of the eye or it is not on the eye at all. To locate the lens, inspect the upper area of the eye by looking down into a mirror while pulling the upper lid up. Then inspect the lower area by pulling the lower lid down.
70. For Daily Disposable Wear
There is no cleaning or disinfection needed with your contact lenses if they are prescribed for daily disposable wear. Always dispose of lenses when they are removed and have replacement lenses or glassesavailable. Lenses should only be cleaned, rinsed and disinfected on an emergency basis when replacement lenses or glasses are not available. For EMERGENCY LENS CARE ONLY, refer to the instructions below for cleaning, rinsing and disinfecting your lenses.
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