Everything is difficult in the beginning, especially when it comes to learning to put in and take out soft contact lenses - a real test of your patience. Try using these tips and tricks for handling contact lenses.
Sit at a table when you are working with your contacts. In case you should lose one of the contacts this will make it much easier to find it again. Lay a mirror flat out on the table. Avoid any reflex type movements of the eye and eyelid. Always keep your nails short and smooth to help avoid injury to the eye. Before you begin, wash your hands and dry them with a fuzz free towel. Make it a habit to always begin with the same contact so in the future you can avoid mixing the right one from left one.
First check that the curvature of the contact is right. Take the contact out of the container and put it on a dry fingertip. Look at the contact from the side edge to see if the curvature is correct.
Correct shape: Shape of a bowl
Does the contact look like a tiny bowl and are the edges pointing upwards? Then the shape is right and the contact can now be put directly into the eye.
Wrong shape: Shape of a plate
If the contact is upside down it will look like a plate and the edge of the plate will go outwards slightly? With a little practice you will learn to see the difference right away. Turn the contact and rinse it with the recommended solution.
Do your contacts feel so thin or slippery that when you try to put them in they turn over on your fingertips instead of releasing from your finger or do they roll into a tube shape, which can rip if you try to unroll it? Then, our special tip will surely help you.
Take the contact between your thumb and index finger and apply a drop of saline solution to each side of the contact lens surface. Rub the contact lightly between your fingertips so that the solution is spread evenly on the contact. Now take the contact in your other hand and dry the first hand with a fuzz free towel. Put the contact back on the index finger of the dried hand. It will now open up and remain stabile on your fingertip.
Put the contact directly on the eye. Put the bowl shaped contact on your dried index finger. Use the middle finger of your left hand to pull up your eyelid at the lash line. With the middle finger of your right hand pull down the lower lid at the lash line. Look straight into the mirror and place the contact carefully into the colored section of the eye.
Look down with your eyes. First let go of the upper lid and then the lower lid. Blink a few times to centre the contact. Check Contact.
Can you see alright? Does the contact feel ok in your eye? If yes, then it is in correctly. To double check if your contact is in properly, close the other eye and look at an object in the distance. Can you see it in your normal focus strength then the contact is in properly. If it is not in properly than slide it over the white area of the eye towards the pupil. If the contact is still uncomfortable, then take it out again, rinse it and try again.
You will find it easier to remove your contacts if you first put a few drops of OPTI-TEARS® FREE® lubricating eyedrops in your eyes. Open your eye as wide as possible and look up. Put the tip of your index finger lightly on the contact lens and slide it down on the white of the eye.
Press the edges of the contacts with the fingertips of your thumb and index finger with a little pressure so that a small pocket is formed. Since air can now get under the contact the contact should release from the eye. Be careful at this point so the contact does not fold over. Clean the removed contacts immediately as recommended by your contact lens specialist. Benefits of soft contact lenses Types of soft lenses, important to note Multi-purpose solutions For additional information, always refer to the manufacturer's product insert.
Soft contact lenses are the most popular choice of in-eye vision correction for lens wearers, representing 80% of the contact lens market. Benefits include:
Soft lenses come in a wide variety of types including disposable, toric, and tinted. They are also commonly classified as being either daily-wear or extended/flexible-wear soft contacts.
Daily-wear soft contacts are intended for daily wear only. Wearers should remove their lenses every night.
Extended/flexible-wear soft contacts can be worn for up to 7 days/6 nights.
Studies have shown that wearers of extended-wear lenses are at higher risk of serious ocular infections and must be willing to see their eye care practitioner more frequently.
Wearing extended/flexible-wear lenses on a daily-wear basis is perfectly acceptable; the opposite should be generally discouraged.
Because many contact lens care products are designed exclusively for use with soft contact lenses, it's important to make sure that the product you sell is suitable to the customer's needs. Options for soft contact lens disinfection.
Soft contact lenses should be cleaned and disinfected every time they are removed from the eye. Of the different cleaning methods, the 2 most frequently used are multi-purpose solutions (MPS) and hydrogen peroxide solutions. Even within the 2 methods, specific regimens vary from product to product. Therefore, it is important to always refer to the product's package insert for specific cleaning instructions:
Simplicity is key in the contact lens care market. Consumers want uncomplicated, single-step products that require as little effort as possible. Moreover compliance with cleaning regimes is more likely with simple, hassle-free products. Companies operating in this sector have responded to the demand with a range of simple-to- use products that focus on comfort.
Last autumn Alcon Laboratories launched Unique pH, a multipurpose solution for rigid gas permeable contact lenses, which account for some 20% of the market in Germany for instance.
Initially available in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Greece, Alcon says the solution adjusts to match each patient's eye chemistry. As the pH level in Unique pH increases to match the patient's tear pH, viscosity also increases, which cushions the lens.
Meanwhile in Italy, Vita Research has just launched Regard, a preservative-free one-step cleaning solution.
The product is based on an active disinfectant molecule that, once outside the closed bottle or lens case and in the eye, breaks down into the components of tears - salt, water and oxygen. Regard, which is suitable for all types of soft contact lenses, will be available in other European markets by the end of this year.
Comfort drops are other products worth thinking about.
Removing protein from soft contact lenses and keeping soft contact lenses comfortable: Alcon's Opti-Free? Express? and Bausch & Lomb's ReNu® MultiPlusTM are highly recommended for use with soft contact lenses. They
Most soft contact lenses require a weekly enzymatic cleaner to remove protein and deposit buildup.
Furthermore, protein on lenses may denature over time, meaning the shape and performance of the lens changes and allergic reactions can occur. The proteolytic action of the enzyme removes protein that binds to the lens. Though many enzymatic cleaners can be used for soft lenses, some cleaners are specific to a particular type of lens and lens cleaning/disinfecting system.
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