Contact Lens Instructions
Contact lenses are a doctor-prescribed medical device that sits on the surface of your eye. To make sure your eyes and vision stay healthy while wearing contact lenses, please follow these few guidelines or the instructions recommended by Dr. Norris.
Ocular complications and/or long-term corneal damage are the consequences of contact lenses that are worn longer than prescribed. Oftentimes, your lenses will still feel good even when you are over-wearing them.
Lipid and protein deposits, infectious organisms such as bacteria and viruses and allergens can build up on the surface of all contact lenses. For this reason, it is very important to keep them clean and disinfected and to dispose of them when directed to.
Remove your lenses if you are experiencing redness, blurriness or light sensitivity. If severe symptoms are present, contact our office immediately. Otherwise, if your eyes have not returned to normal after 24 hours, please contact our office. If you have any change in vision, comfort, or irritation, immediately remove your lenses. If there is no improvement within a couple of hours, please contact our office.
The best way to properly care for your lenses is to develop a care routine, then stick to it.
- ALWAYS wash your hands prior to handling your contact lenses
- Do not swim or go in hot tubs with your contact lenses without approval from Dr. Norris.
- Do not wear your contact lenses overnight unless they are approved for extended wear and Dr. Norris has discussed this with you. Overnight wear increases the risk of infection and other complications.
- Do not continue to wear contact lenses if your eyes become red, irritated, painful, or if your vision gets worse while wearing lenses. Immediately take out the lenses and contact our office.
- Do not exceed the wearing schedule prescribed by Dr. Norris, even if your lenses still feel comfortable.
- Wear your contact lenses for at least 3 hours before your follow-up appointment unless you are experiencing discomfort.
- Schedule and keep follow-up appointments with Dr. Norris.
- Follow the directions outlined by Dr. Norris. Oftentimes instructions are also listed on the packaging or the package insert for the contact lens solutions prescribed for you.
- Use multi-purpose solutions that can be used for more than one step in contact lens care. Read the label to learn for which which functions the solution can be used.
- Clean, rinse and disinfect contact lenses before they are worn again.
- Make sure solution containers are stored tightly closed, upright and in a clean, dry, cool place when you are not using them. Keep your case clean and replace it every month to prevent bacterial growth. In addition, rinsing and allowing your case to air dry with the caps off helps prevent bacterial buildup.
- Do not touch container bottle tips to any surface in order to prevent them from becoming contaminated.
- Throw away expired solutions. A single contact lens wearer who wears contacts most days should be using about 8 bottles (12 fl oz) a year of multiple purpose solution to clean and store soft contacts. If you are using substantially less than this, you are probably not adequately cleaning your contact lenses.
- Use new solution in your contact lenses case every day sufficient to fully submerge the contact lenses in its case. Never ‘top off’ solution because this will dilute the solution and decrease its affectivity.
- Discuss with Dr. Norris the care for your lenses if you wear them while swimming in a pool, lake or hot tub.
- Only use approved rewetting drops for lubricating or wetting your lenses.
- Never place the lenses in your mouth or rinse with saliva.
- Do not use tap water to rinse soft contact lenses.
- Be careful with makeup, lotions, creams and sprays. Also, water-based makeup is less likely to damage lenses than oil-based makeup.
- Do not share your contact lenses with other people.
- Do not wear your contact lenses if they are torn or chipped.
- ALWAYS have a back up pair of glasses.