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Caring For Contact Lenses


Basic Instructions

For safe contact lens wear, you should know and always practice your lens care routine

  • Always wash, rinse and dry hands before handling contact lenses.
  • Always use fresh unexpired lens care solution.
  • Use the recommended system of lens care, chemical (not heat), and carefully follow instructions on solution labeling. Different solutions cannot always be used together, and not all solutions are safe for use with all lenses. Do not alternate or mix lens care systems unless indicated on solution labeling.
  • Always remove, clean, rinse and disinfect your lenses according to the schedule prescribed by your eye are practitioner.
  • The use of any cleaning solution does not substitute for disinfection.
  • Do not use saliva or anything other than the recommended solutions for lubricating or rewetting your lenses. Do not put lenses in your mouth.
  • Lenses prescribed on the frequent replacement program should be thrown away after the recommended wearing period prescribed by your eye care practitioner.
  • Never rinse your lenses in water from the tap. There are two reasons for this:
    • Tap water contains many impurities that can contaminate or damage your lenses and may lead to eye infection or injury.
    • You might lose your lens down the drain.
  • Your eye care practitioner should recommend a care system that is appropriate for your Contact Lens.
  • Each lens care product contains specific directions for use and important safety information, which you should read and carefully follow.

Note: Some solutions may have more than one function, which will be indicated on the label. Read the label on the solution bottle and follow instructions. 

"Clean one lens first (always the same lens first to avoid mixups), rinse the lens thoroughly with recommended saline or disinfecting solution to remove the cleaning solution, mucus and film from the lens surface. Follow the instructions provided in the cleaning solution labeling. Put that lens into the correct chamber of the lens storage case. Then repeat the procedure for the second lens." 

"After cleaning, disinfect lenses using the system recommended by your eye care practitioner and/or the lens manufacturer. Follow the instructions provided in the disinfection solution labeling." 

"To store lenses, disinfect and leave them in the closed/unopened case until ready to wear. If lenses are not to be used immediately following disinfection, you should consult the package insert or your eye care practitioner for information on storage of your lenses." 

"Always keep your lenses completely immersed in a recommended disinfecting solution when the lenses are not being worn. If you discontinue wearing your lenses, but plan to begin wearing them again after a few weeks, ask your eye care practitioner for a recommendation on how to store your lenses." 

"Contact Lenses cannot be heat (thermally) disinfected." 

"After removing your lenses from the lens case, empty and rinse the lens storage case with solution(s) recommended by the lens case manufacturer; then allow the lens case to air dry. When the case is used again, refill it with fresh storage solution. Replace lens case at regular intervals." 

"Your eye care practitioner may recommend a lubricating/rewetting solution for your use. Lubricating/rewetting solutions can be used to wet (lubricate) your lenses while you are wearing them to make them more comfortable."

How to Tell if your Contact Lens is Inside Out

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10149 N 92nd St., Ste 102
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Phone: 480-860-1330
Fax: 480-391-9303
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