How to Handle Contact Lenses
Contact lenses are a practical choice for people needing vision correction for their nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. When you wear contacts, you don't need to worry about your vision being obstructed by an eyeglass frame or dirty lenses. However, contacts can be difficult to insert without proper training. That's why when you receive contact lenses at Wally Kojima, O.D. and Associates in Kailua-Kona, we will ensure you understand how to use and handle your contact lenses properly.
Inserting and Wearing Contact Lenses
Your contacts must be kept clean. This means making sure your hands are clean before you handle them. To put contacts in, the essential instructions to remember are to keep the contact wet, clean, and centered. Gently pick up the lens from the multi-purpose solution, being sure not to tear it with your fingernails, and place it upturned like a bowl in the center of your fingertip. Inspect it for debris or tearing, and be sure it is not inside out.
Your goal is to try to touch all edges of the contact onto your eye simultaneously, which will help with centering it and preventing wrinkles. Despite the urge to close your eye or look away, try to keep your eye wide open and look straight ahead as you insert the lens. Afterward, blink and allow the contact to settle for a moment. Of course, you will have to get used to the sensation, but you will forget you are wearing the contacts very quickly. If you feel a scratching sensation, you may have a bit of dust or hair on the lens. Just slide it gently off of your eye, rinse with multi-purpose solution, and re-insert.
Optometry Center Recommendations for Contact Lens Care
Contact lenses and the multi-purpose solution you store them in have to be kept sterile. Change the solution in your case each night before taking your contacts out for the night. After you remove them from your eyes, clean them daily with a contact disinfectant solution before putting them away. Be sure to use only real, commercially-produced multi-purpose solution, not water or any other liquid, to store your contacts. They have to be kept wet at all times. If your lenses dry out, they will have to be thrown away. Wear each pair of lenses only as long as directed for the particular prescription to avoid the buildup of dangerous bacteria.
Contact Our Optometry Office in Kailua-Kona, HI
Wally Kojima, O.D. and Associates optometry center will guide our Kailua-Kona, HI patients through the process of getting new contact lenses or changing to a different type. We are committed to providing our patients the care they need. Call us for an appointment or to learn more about how we can help you see clearly.