PERSONAL CLEANLINESS FOR LENS HANDLING AND INSERTION
1. Preparing the Lens for Wearing (1 minute)
- >It is essential to maintain good hygiene in the care and handling of your new lenses. Cleanliness is the first and most important aspect of proper contact lens care. In particular, your hands should be clean and free of any foreign substances when you handle your lenses.
- Always wash your hands thoroughly with a mild soap, rinse completely, and dry with a lint-free towel before touching your lenses.
- Avoid the use of soaps containing cold cream, lotion, or oil based cosmetics before handling your lenses.
- Handle your lenses with your fingertips, and be careful to avoid contact with fingernails. It is helpful to keep your fingernails short and smooth.
- Start off correctly by getting into the habit of always using proper hygienic procedures so that they become automatic.
2. Opening the Multipack and Lens Package (30seconds)
It is simple to open the multipack. Locate the opening flap on the front of the multipack and pull up to break the seal. Inside you will find six lenses. Each lens comes in its own lens package designed specifically to maintain sterility. To close the multipack for storage, just tuck in the flap.
- Lens Package
To open an individual lens package, follow these simple steps:
Shake the lens package and check to see that the lens is floating in the solution.
Peel back the foil closure to reveal the lens. By stabilizing the lens package on the tabletop, you will minimize the possibility of a sudden splash.
Note:Always start with the lens for your right eye. Making this a habit will help ensure that you always place the correct lens on the correct eye.
3. Handling the Lenses(15 seconds)
- Develop the habit of always working with the same lens first to avoid mix-ups.
- Remove the lens from its storage case and examine it to be sure that it is moist, clean, clear, and free of any nicks or tears.
4. Lens insertion(1-2 minutes)
- Place the wet, clean right lens on the tip of the index finger or middle finger of your dominant hand. Be sure the lens is correct side out. The edges should face upwards (cup shaped) and not outwards (saucer shape).
- Pull the lower lid down with the middle or ring finger of the same hand. Use your other hand to hold the upper lid (along with lashes) firmly open.
- Look directly at the lens or into a mirror and place the lens directly on cornea(the large colored circle in the centre of your eye)
- Release your lower lid first and then slowly release your upper lid.The lens will center automatically.
- Use the same technique when inserting the lens for your left eye.
5. Centering The Lens(30 seconds)
A lens which is on the cornea will very rarely be displaced onto the white part of the eye during wear. This, however, can occur if insertion and removal procedures are not performed properly. To center a lens, follow either of these procedures:
- Close your eyelids and gently massage the lens into place through the closed lids
- Gently manipulate the off-centered lens onto the cornea while the eye is opened, using finger pressure on the edge of the upper lid or lower lid.
6. Removing the Lens(30 seconds)
- Look up and pull the lower lid down with the middle finger of your dominant hand.
- Place your index finger on the lower edge of your lens and slide down to the white of your eye.
- Squeeze the lens lightly between your index finger and thumb and remove gently.
For continued safe and comfortable wearing of your lenses, it is important that you first clean and rinse your lenses after each removal, using the care regimen recommended by your eye care practitioner or contact lens manufacturer.
- Cleaning and rinsing are necessary to remove secretions or deposits which may have accumulated during wearing. One should always clean lenses immediately after removing them.
- If you require only vision correction, but will not or cannot adhere to a recommended care regimen for your lenses, or are unable to place and remove lenses or have someone available to place and remove them, you should not attempt to get and wear contact lenses.
Make up and contact lenses:
- If you wear make up, apply it after inserting your lenses.
- If you use hair spray, insert contact lenses after applying the spray.
- Remove your lenses first and then remove the eye make up
- Always beneficial to use water based make up instead of using oil based make up.
A recent study conducted in Asia revealed some of the lens wear and care behaviors that are worthy of your attention.
- Avoid napping in contact lenses
- 40% of contact lens users claimed that they would nap with contact lens in the daytime.
Consequence: Your eyes will become red and feel uncomfortable. Serious situations affecting your vision may occur.
- Comply with the lens replacement schedule.
- Study reveals 15-20% of contact lens users who would not comply with the recommended replacement schedule of lens wear.
Consequence: Deposits build up on lens surface may affect wearing comfort and vision quality .If severe, allergy and other complications may arise.
Tip: dispose off the old lens and replace with new within recommended time period.
Wash your hands thoroughly
- Most contact lens wearer wash their hands prior to handling lenses ,but not all (15%)use soap /antiseptic liquid to clean hands.
Consequence: bacteria remains on your hands may lead to complications when your hands are not cleaned thoroughly.
Rub your lenses clean:
- Rub each side of your lens for at least 10 seconds with gentle to moderate pressure; also clean your lenses from centre and periphery to ensure no growth of deposits or microorganisms on the lens surface.
- Clean and rinse the lens case regularly
- It is highly recommended for all contact lens users to clean their contact lens case every week by using any old toothbrush or scrub.
- It is also strongly recommended to replace your contact lens case every 6 months to one year to ensure ocular hygiene. Contaminated lens cases increases the risk of eye infection.
- It is always wise to check the expiry of contact lens and lens solution before purchase and while under usage.
If a soft, hydrophilic contact lens is exposed to air while off the
eye; it may become dry and brittle. If this happens, dispose of the lens and use a fresh new one.
If chemicals of any kind (household products, gardening solutions, laboratory chemicals, etc.) are splashed into your eyes: FLUSH EYES IMMEDIATELY WITH TAP WATER AND IMMEDIATELY CONTACT YOUR EYE CARE PRACTITIONER OR VISIT A HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM WITHOUT DELAY.
- Contact lenses should be cleaned and disinfected after every wearing period.
- Clean and disinfect one lens at a time to avoid mixing up right and the left lenses.
- Handle your contact lenses with finger tips and avoid using finger nails.
- Follow the lens care procedure recommended to avoid significant or serious ocular damage.
- Store lens and solution at room temperature and keep out of reach of children.
- Do not use eye medication with or on top of your contact lens.
- Remove your lenses if you experience any discomfort and consult your eye care practitioner immediately if problem persists or reappears.
- Do not use unsterile solutions such as tap water, mineral water or saliva to rinse, clean or store your contact lenses.
- Don’t swim while wearing contact lenses. If there is a need, use daily disposable contact lenses along with swimming goggles.