• ContactLensesDo follow your wearing schedule even if you aren’t experiencing any discomfort. Your cornea needs to “adapt” to the contact lens material and changes in tear chemistry associated with contact lens wear.

  • Do use the solutions for contact lens care that you were given from your doctor. If you make any changes in solutions, please check with your doctor to be sure the new solutions properly replace what was recommended for you.

  • Do read the package inserts in your solutions and the handouts you were given to be sure you are properly caring for your lenses.

  • Do keep all of your follow-up appointments even if you’re not having any discomfort with your lenses. Many signs of contact lens problems can be detected before you experience any symptoms.

  • Do write down any concerns or questions you have about your contacts so you will not forget to discuss them with your doctor or contact lens technician on your follow-up visits.

  • Do take your contacts out at least an hour before you go to bed to give the eyes a recovery period before going to sleep.

  • Do clean your lenses at night after removal rather than waiting until morning. This allows the lens to properly hydrate and disinfect in the storage solution.

  • Do make sure the drain is closed when handling lenses near a sink.

  • Do stop wearing your contacts and call our office if you notice any blurred vision, pain, discharge, or excessive redness in the eyes.

  • Do be sure to have a current pair of eyeglasses for emergencies and to give your eyes a rest from contact lens wear.

  • Do wear quality non prescription sunglasses over your contacts when needed.

  • Don’t sleep in your contact lenses. If you accidentally fall asleep while wearing your lenses, do not immediately remove them upon awakening. Add a rewetting drop to the eye and wait until the lens easily moves on the eye before removing. Leave the lens out until all redness and irritation is gone.

  • Don’t swim or use a “hot tub” while wearing your lenses. The water contains many potentially harmful bacteria and chemicals even if it is properly treated.

  • Don’t rinse or store soft contact lense in water. Water will cause you lens to swell and may contain harmful chemicals and contaminants.

  • Don’t ever place a lens in your mouth. Bacteria normally found in your mouth can cause severe eye infections.

  • Don’t store your lenses overnight in saline. Saline approved for contact lens use does not disinfect the lenses. It is only used for rinsing after cleaning or disinfecting your lenses.

  • Don’t put on makeup before inserting your contacts. See instructions on use of cosmetic products.

  • Don’t wear a damaged or “chipped” contact lens in your eye.

  • Don’t hesitate to call your doctor if there is anything you do not understand concerning your contact lenses.

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