Care & Wear
- Before you handle contacts, wash and rinse your hands with a mild soap. Make sure it doesn’t have perfumes, oils, or lotions. They can leave a film on your hands. If they get on your lenses, your eyes could get irritated or your vision might be blurry.
- Dry your hands with a clean, lint-free towel.
- If you use hair spray, use it before you put in your contacts. It’s also a good idea to keep your fingernails short and smooth so you won't damage your lenses or scratch your eye.
- Put on eye makeup after you put in your lenses. Take them out before you remove makeup.
- Never put tap water directly on your lenses. Even distilled water can be home to nasty little bugs that can cause an infection or hurt your vision.
- Never put a contact in your mouth to rinse it.
- Clean each contact this way: Place one contact lens in your palm, with the part that goes on your eye facing up. Place exactly one drop of cleansing solution on the lens. Let it soak for a few seconds. Place your finger on the lens and move it up and down, then left and right. Do not move in circles, as this risks tearing the lens. Lightly rubbing your contact removes surface buildup. It is best to clean your lens like this once a week.
- Clean your lens case every time you use it. Use either sterile solution or hot tap water. Let it air dry. Replace the case every 3 months.
- Fill your storage case with fresh solution each time you put your contacts back in the storage case.
- Wear your contacts each day starting off at a minimal time and gradually longer as your eye acclimates.
- Make a chart so you don’t forget when it’s time to change your lens. The original packaging should describe how long the wear life is for your lens.
- Never wear someone else’s contacts, especially if they’ve already been worn. Using other people's lens can spread infections or particles from their eyes to yours.
- Don’t sleep or nap with your contacts in your eye. When your eyelids are closed, your tears don’t bring as much oxygen to your eyes as when they’re open.
- Don't let the tip of solution bottles touch other surfaces, like your fingers, eyes, or contacts. Any of them can contaminate the solution.
- Wear sunglasses with total UV protection or a wide-brim hat when you’re in the sun. Contacts can make your eyes more light-sensitive.
- Use a re-wetting solution or plain saline solution to keep your eyes moist.
- If you accidentally insert your contacts inside out, it won’t hurt your eye. But it won’t feel good, either. To avoid this, place the lens on the tip of your finger so it forms a cup. Look at the contact from the side. If the cup looks like it flares out at the top and has a lip, the lens is inside out. If it looks like the letter "U," it’s right side out.
- If your eye gets irritated, take your contacts out.
- Don’t swim with your contacts in.
- See your doctor for any persistent eye pain, redness, swelling or any eye issue that does not get better.