All You Need to Know About Contact Lenses

Contact lenses help people improve their vision. If you are not careful, contact lenses can cause major eye problems. It is important to keep your eyes safe. Use this page to help you talk to your eye doctor about keeping your eyes healthy and comfortable while you wear contacts.

 

General tips 

  • Follow your eye doctor’s directions on how to wear and clean your contacts.
  • Wash and rinse your hands before touching your lenses.
  • Use only contact lens solution to store or rinse your contacts.
  • Get your doctor’s OK before using any new or different medicines.
  • Put in your contacts before you use makeup. Take them out before removing makeup.
  • Take out your lenses and call your eye doctor right away if your vision changes, your eyes are red, your eyes hurt or feel itchy, you have a lot of tears.

 

Types of Contact Lenses 

  • Disposable Lenses- Wear them for one day and then throw away.
  • Daily Wear Lenses- Wear them for one day. Take them out when you go to sleep or take a nap. Clean the lenses every day.
  • Extended Wear Lenses- Wear up to 30 days and then throw away. Give your eyes a rest for at least one night. Then put in a new pair.
  • Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses- Talk with your doctor to find the best cleaning, disinfecting and wearing schedule for you.

 

Lens Solution

  • Do not “top off” the solutions in your case.
  • Throw away all of the lens solution after each use.
  • Use only the lens solutions and eye drops that your eye doctor suggests.
  • Do not use solutions longer than the recommended time after opening.
  • Replace your contact lens case every 3-6 months.

 

Buying Contact Lenses 

Use these tips to stay safe when buying your lenses.

  • Always have an up-to-date, correct prescription from your eye doctor.
  • Make sure you have had an eye exam within the last one to two years.
  • Never buy contact lenses, including decorative lenses, from gas stations, video stores, record shops, or any other vendor not authorized by law to sell contact lenses.
  • Make sure your prescription includes your name, date of your eye exam, date you received the prescription (issue date) and the date your prescription expires, lens measurements, the contact lens brand name and material, your doctor’s name and contact information.

 

Top Things to Know about Contact Lenses

  • · Follow your eye doctor’s directions on how to wear and clean your contacts.
  • If you have a problem, take out your lenses right away and bring them with you to see your doctor.
  • Have an up-to-date, correct prescription from your eye doctor when buying contact lenses.
  • Get your doctor’s OK before using any new or different medicines.
  • Do not use solutions longer than the recommended time after opening.
  • Take out your contacts when you swim or go into a hot tub. You could risk an eye infection from the non-sterile water.
  • You also need an eye exam and prescription for decorative contact lenses.

 

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