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INTRODUCTION TO CONTACT LENSES

Updated on August 4, 2016

Contact lenses can be a great choice for many people, whether you’re interested in an alternative to glasses or looking to wear contact lenses for sports or going out. Around 3.6 million people in the UK enjoy the vast benefits of wearing contact lenses. With so many advantages, make sure you get the most out of your lenses by following some simple advice on lens wear and care. This booklet contains all of the information you need to get started or refresh you on anything you may have forgotten since your last contact lens check-up. If you have any questions about your contact lenses that are not covered in this booklet, please visit your local David Clulow Opticians where the Optometrist will be more than happy to help you. It is also essential that you attend your aftercare appointments, whether you are experiencing any problems or not. It is important to have an aftercare appointment at least every 12 months or more often if necessary.


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RIGID GAS PERMEABLE CONTACT LENSES


Before you start, thoroughly wash and dry your hands prior to handling the lenses. Always apply the right lens first to avoid mixing them up. At your request, Rigid Gas Permeable lenses can sometimes be made with a mark to guide you.
I N S E R T I O N & R E M O VA L O F RIGID GAS PERMEABLE LENSES
1. Place the lens on the tip of your first finger of your most dominant hand, ensuring your finger is dry and the lens is slightly wet 2. Use your second finger of the same hand to pull down your lower lid 3. Use your second and third finger of your free hand to hold your upper eyelid, pressing your eyelashes against the eye socket 4. Place the lens gently onto the centre of the eye 5. Take your finger away from the eye but continue to hold your eyelids 6. Finally, slowly release the lower lid first, then the upper lid
INSERTION
1. Open your eyes as wide as possible 2. Starting with your right eye, place the forefinger of your right hand in the outside corner of your eye as shown in the diagram 3. Moving horizontally, pull both lids firmly towards your ear 4. Cup your free hand under your eye and blink hard and fast The lens should pop out into your hand! 5. Rub, rinse and store your lenses in the recommended solution before and after each use
REMOVAL METHOD 1: PULL AND BLINK
1. Place forefingers of each hand on top and bottom lids at 12 and 6 o’clock positions, as close to the edges as possible 2. Hold eye lids apart to expose all of your eye 3. Firmly press lids against the white of the eye 4. Push lids in and together (as if trying to push lids under lens) The lens should come out between your fingers 5. Rub, rinse and store your lenses in the recommended solution before and after each use
METHOD 2: LID PUSH
How long you wear your lenses and how often you replace them are important factors in successful contact lens wear. Follow our Optometrists advice carefully and don’t be tempted to over-wear your lenses. You should also take precautions when showering, swimming,
using hot tubs and for water sports. Make sure you take special care when travelling and take all lenses and solutions you need with you. SPECIAL CARE & AWARENESS
GENERAL ADVICE
DO · Have regular check-ups as advised by the Optometrist · Always wash and dry your hands prior to handling your lenses · Rub, rinse and store your lenses in the recommended solution before and after each use (excluding daily lenses, which should be disposed of after each wear) · Clean the lens case with the recommended solution and air dry your storage case while lenses are being worn · Always apply the right lens first to avoid mixing them up · Check the lens is not inside out before applying · Handle carefully to avoid damaging the lens · Insert your lenses before putting on make-up · When removing make-up, remove lenses first · Keep your eyes closed when using hairspray or other aerosols · Replace your lens case every month · Discard lenses and solutions that are past their expiry date · Wear only the lenses specified by the Optometrist · Adhere to the recommended wearing schedule and replacement frequency · Make sure you have an adequate supply of replacement lenses or a spare pair · Have an up-to-date pair of spectacles for when you need to remove your lenses DON’T · Use tap water, or any other water, on your lenses or lens case · Wet your lenses with saliva · Put a lens on the eye if it falls on the floor or other surface, without cleaning again · Apply any torn or damaged contact lenses · Continue wearing your lenses if your eyes feel or look abnormal · Re-use or top-up solution – discard and replace with fresh solution each time lenses are stored · Transfer solution into smaller containers · Wear lenses left in the case for more than seven days without cleaning and storing them in fresh solution · Sleep in your lenses unless specifically advised to by the Optometrist · Wear any lens overnight if you are unwell · Use your lenses for swimming, hot tubs, sauna or water sports, unless wearing goggles · Wear your lenses in a shower · Switch the solution you use except on the advice of the Optometrist · Use any eye drops without advice from the Optometrist · Share contact lenses or wear any lenses not specified by the Optometrist
Remember if you have any questions about your contact lenses you should consult your Optometrist for advice. Go to www.bcla.org.uk for more information on contact lenses. This information is designed to supplement the advice given to you by our Optometrist.
TROUBLESHOOTING
If you have a problem with your eyes or lenses, DO NOT wait for your next scheduled aftercare appointment. If you experience any of the following symptoms remove your contact lenses immediately and consult one of our Optometrists for advice as soon as possible.
FEELING OF DISCOMFORT
REDNESS EXCESSIVE WATERING VISUAL DISTURBANCE
If any of our Optometrists are not available immediately and the problem is causing you severe discomfort you should consult your GP or go to Accident and Emergency at your local hospital.
In Central London a 24 hour casualty service is available from the following hospitals:

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