Contact Lens Usage Instructions
Please note: The following instructions are provided as a guide by Contact Lenses Aus, however you MUST consult a licenced optomotrist before using coloured contact lenses.
Putting in your contact lenses
Your contact lenses will arrive in either a blister pack or vial depending on which lenses you have purchased.
You are going to need a contact lens case and contact lens cleaning solution before opening your lenses.
Contact lens solution can be bought from your local chemist or optometrist.
1. Wash your hands with soap, rinse thoroughly and dry your hands with something clean before handling your lenses.
2. Pour the lens from its vial or blisted pack in to your cupped palm.
3. Make sure your lenses are not inside out.
4. Make sure the lenses are not too dry.
5. Place the lens on the tip of your index finger with the cup-side up.
6. Hold your eyelids open with your free hand.
7. While looking up, softly place the lens onto the white of your eyeball.
8. Let go of your eyelids.
9. Look down and blink to position the lens over your cornea.
Removing your contact lenses
Contact lenses should be cleaned and disinfected after each use with a cleaning solution that has been recommended for your type of lens.
Poor lens hygiene is a common cause of eye infection and eye problems.
1. Open your contact lens case.
2. Pour enough solution in to the case to submerge the lenses.
3. Wash your hands with soap and dry them thoroughly.
4. Remove the lenses from your eyes by pinching them out
5. Place each lens in to the separate cases.
- Use only cleaning solutions that have been recommended for your contact lens. Never use soap, shampoo, water or anything other than off the shelf contact lens cleaning solutions.
- Wash your hands with soap, rinse thoroughly and dry your hands with something clean before handling your lenses.
- Never sleep with your contact lenses in your eyes.
- Never share your contact lenses with anyone else.
- Replace your contact lenses as recommended (With proper care your contact lenses will last for 12 months).
The risks of incorrect contact lens use
Incorrect use of contact lenses or lens cleaning agents can lead to;
- Inflammation of the eye or lids
- Sore, red or watery eyes (It is not uncommon to have watery/red eyes for the first half hour after placing the lenses in)
- Infection and discharge of pus
- Dry eyes (If you have dry eyes, try using eye drops first before removing the lenses)
- Impairment of vision
- Allergic reaction.
- In extreme cases, blindness.
If you experience any of the problems above, remove the lenses immediately and contact your doctor or eye care professional.