Looking after your eyes
Regular eye examinations are vital to maintain healthy eyes. To help you, here is an explanation of some of the terms you might hear.
• MYOPIA If you have myopia you are ‘short-sighted’ so you cannot see clearly at a distance.
• HYPEROPIA if you have hyperopia you are long sighted so you cannot see close objects clearly.
• ASTIGMITISM If you have astigmatism your vision is blurred and distorted at all distances due to changes in the curvatures of the front surface of your eyes.
• PRESBYOPIA If you have presbyopia you will experience problems with close work, such as reading, this generally happens after 40 years of age.
Find the contact lens to suit your lifestyle
With a wide range of both daily disposable and monthly contact lenses now available, there are various options for contact lens to meet your needs.
Daily disposable lenses are easy to use. No cleaning, no fuss. Apply each morning then discard at night. It’s good for part time wearers for work, for sports or to try out a fresh new look.
Monthly Disposable Contact Lenses
Monthly contact lenses provide lasting comfort for even the longest of days. It’s safe for daily wear and occasional overnight wear (As directed by your eyecare practitioner).
Looking after your lenses
- Always wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly before touching the lenses. This will remove any dirt or oil on your hands
- Carefully remove the lens from the packet. Use fingertips to handle the lenses, never use the fingernails.
- This is easy test to make sure that your lenses are the right way round and not inside out. Placing the lens in the fold of your hand as shown, the lens should roll together like a taco shell – this is the correct way round. If the lens is inside out the edges will curl or roll apart as the right hand picture.
- Hold the lens on your fingertip and check that it is the right way round as shown above.
- Place the lens on the tip of the forefinger, then, with the middle finger of the same hand, hold down the lower lid.
- Use the forefinger of your other hand to lift the upper lid as close to the eyelashes as possible.
- Gently place the lens on the eye.
- Look down, gently release the upper lid and blink.
Centering the lens
After applying the lens, keep the eye close. The lens should feel comfortable within few seconds. Occasionally, a lens may become displaced from the middle to the white part of the eye. Don’t worry; it is not possible for the lens to move behind the eye.
To ‘centre’ the lens, close your eyes and gently massage the lens into place.
Taking your lenses out
- Look up with the middle finger hold down the lower lid.
- Slide the lens from the centre to the lower part of the eye using a forefinger.
- Gently pinch the lens between your thumb and forefinger and remove.
- Always discard your daily lenses and never re-use them.
- Always clean and disinfect your monthly disposable lenses
When to remove your lenses
If the lenses feel uncomfortable, remove them. If the discomfort continues after lens removal, contact your optician immediately.
- Always remove lenses if you are feeling unwell, e.g. cold or flu.
- Always remove lenses before swimming unless you are wearing goggles.
- REMEMBER: ‘if in doubt… TAKE THEM OUT’
- Your eyes should be: Seeing CLEARLY, Feeling COMFORTABLE, Looking WHITE
Following removal of your contact lenses, monthly and planned replacement lens should always be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected EVERY TIME the lenses are worn. This helps to keep your eyes healthy and reduce the risk of irritation and infection.
For improved comfort and hygiene ALWAYS follow the guidelines of your optician.
Cleaning your lenses
OPTI – FREE PureMoist Multi-Purpose Disinfecting Solution
- Thoroughly wet each side of the lens with the solution. Rub the lens for 20 seconds.
- Rinse each side of the lens for 10 seconds with a steady stream of the solution.
- Fill you Alcon Lens Case with fresh solution. Store lenses in the closed lens case overnight or at least 6 hours. After soaking, lenses are ready to wear.
Click here to read more about OPTI – FREE PureMoist Multi-Purpose solutions. To get your pack please contact your nearest Eye Emporium optician.
- 5 seconds pre-rinse. Removes loose debris. Enhances Peroxide disinfection.
- Fill lens case and soak for 6 hours. Disinfects deeply. Breaks proteins’ peptide bonds. Removes debris through bubbling.
- Soak. Store lenses in case for at least 6 hours or overnight. DO NOT REMOVE BEFORE 6 HOURS.
Click here to read more about AOSEPT solutions. To get AOSEPT please contact your nearest Eye Emporium optician.
Do’s and don’ts of lens wear
- Wear you lenses as your optician recommends
- Always wash and dry your hands prior to handling your lenses
- Use tap water with your lenses
- Over wear your contact lenses
- Swim without goggles
- Wear lenses for longer than wearing schedule prescribed, even if the lenses still feel comfortable
- Sleep in daily wear lenses
- Re-use daily contact lenses
- Wear your lenses under a sunbed
Aftercare and next appointment
Your opticians will advise a suitable schedule based on:
- The type of lens you wear
- Your vision requirements
- Other factors (Wear frequency etc)
Following the simple steps outlined in this article will ensure you get the best out of your lenses. It is, however, important to have regular contact lens check-ups with your optician.
It’s a good opportunity to check the lens performance in terms of vision and comfort. Your eyes will be checked to ensure they remain healthy during lens wear. You’ll also be advised of any new developments in lens technology.
Important points to remember
- Always wash, rinse and dry your hands before touching the lenses.
- Use fingertips to handle the lens, avoid using fingernails or sharp objects, and keep fingernails short
- Never use tap water to rinse your lenses
- Try to avoid spraying aerosols (such as hairspray) near eyes when wearing lenses as this can cause discomfort
- Always check with your opticians before using any medication, as some medications can cause irritation or blurred vision
- Put lenses in before applying make-up and remove them before taking your make-up off
To know more about contact lenses please call 0800 020 9202 or alternatively click here to book an appointment for your eye test or contact lens consultation.