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Contact Lens Care

How to Insert & Remove your lenses.

Taking care of your contact lenses is very important. If you use monthly reusable lenses you have to follow proper lens care guidelines as recommend by a professional. If you are unsure about how you should be taking care of them please contact one of our professionals and they will be happy to help. Always remember that proper care and attention are key when using contact lenses this will avoid any risk of infection.

Removal

1. Wash your hands. This is the most important thing to do when touching your eyes. Use a antibacterial soap and warm water. Then dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel. Having good hand hygiene regimen not only protects your contact lenses from harmful pathogens, but also your eyes in general. 

2. Use a mirror. Good lighting and mirror will help you remove the lens with ease. Most contact lenses have a faint blue handling tint. Top tip. Look around the outside coloured part of your eye (iris). 
3. Start with the same eye each time. In most cases your contact lenses will not be the same or interchangeable. We strongly advise that you do not mix up your lenses. By starting wth the same eye you will reduce the chances of this happening. 
4. Hold your eye lids open. Looking into the mirror use your index finger to lift your top eyelid and eyelashes up and away from your eye. then with your middle finger pull your lower eyelid down and away from your eye. Make sure you hold onto your eye lashes firmly otherwise you will struggle to remove your lens. 
5. Use your thumb and forefinger to grip the lens. Without letting go of your eyelids, use your thumb and forefinger to pinch the lens. Pinch gently on the outside of the coloured part of your eye (iris). Be careful not to use your nails. 
6. Remove the lens. Gently squeeze the lens. Don't rush slowly move your lens down, applying some pressure can help. Be careful with the amount of pressure so you don't accidentally tear the lens. 
7. Dependant on your type of lens. If you are using daily disposable lenses simply throw them away. If you are using monthly reusable lenses place the lens onto your palm.


Cleaning & Storage 

8. Pour solution into your storage case. Put new solution into your storage case. Most contact lens cases have a fill line. Never re-use old or expired solution. Always use solution that's been recommend by a professional. 

9. Clean the lens. Apply a few drops of cleaning solution onto the lens and gently massage the lens. This will help remove and dust or protein that might have built up onto the lens. Be careful not to use your nails. Rubbing the lens reduces the risk of infection. 

10. Place the contact lenses into your case. Gently place the lenses into your case. Make sure you put the right lens into the corresponding compartment. There are many different types of cases. All carry a R for the right eye and in some cases a symbol for the left eye. 
11. Store the container. Leave the lens container in a cool dry place and out of direct sunlight. Keep out of reach of children. Most contact lens solutions will require a minimum of 6 hours in order to disinfect your lenses.