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Always wash hands thorougly before contact lens handling and dry with a clean towel which does not leave any fluff.
Clear soaps are usually better because they contain less lanoline which might leave residues on lens surfaces.
All traces of soap, parfume, hair sprays, creams and lotions should be removed from your hands and around the eyes area.
Have your nails clean and filled. Long nails couls tear the contact lenses. Avoid handing the lenses with the nails because they might tear them. Lenses should be handled with the finger tips anr/or special designed grips.
Do not touch the lenses with sharp objects (pens, etc)
Ensure that the lenses are not trapped at the edge of the case.
When using a not barrel shape case, tap the case on the table before screwing the cups to ensure that lenses are at the bottom of the case and there is no possibility to catch the lens while screwing the cup.
Do not leave the lens to dry out and do not try to wear them in a dry state.
Do not use the lenses if the pachege or vial is opened or destroyed.
Do not use lenses or disinfecting solution that they have expired.
Correct and inside out lens identification:
If a lens is turned inside out, will probably cause an increased lid sensation and possibly fluctuating vision.
1. Profil method
View the the shape of the lens edge. When the prifil the half of the sphere, the lens is correct. If the shape looks like a deep plate, with the edge turning outward, the lens is inside out.
2. Pincing test
Gently press the lens between your thumb and forfinger. If the lens edges meet each other, the lens is correct.
Wearing the lenses:
In order to avoid mistakes, get used to wear the same lens first always (right or left)
Check that the lens is clean and wet. If not rinse with saline or wetting solution.
Check that the lens is not inside out.
Place the lens on the tip of the forfinger. Pull the lower eyelid downwards with the tip of the middle finger of the same hand. Keep the upper eyelid stable open with the middle finger of the other hand. Reassure that the tip of your fingers are placed on the edge of the eyelid. The eye is now open and the cornea is exposed. Place the lens on the eye. Move your eyes with gentle movements to help the lens center. Release the lower lid and the the upper. Look downwards and apply gentle massage over the lid, to release any possible air bubbles. If the lens is not properly centered, move it on the centered position using the lids.
Removing the lenses:
Rewet the lens with artificial tears, if the lens is dry. Place the tip of the forefinger of the lens and with the middle finger of the same hand, slip the lens downwards, while looking upwards. Gently squeeze the lens between the forefinger and the thumb and remove the lens from the eye. Avoid pressing the lens while removing it. To reassure this never touch the tips of the forefinger and thumb while aqueezing the lens.
Possible discomfort and solutions:
If the lens is not comfortable, place the tip of one finger on the lens, slide it towards the white of the eye, and recenter it. If the doscomfort persists, remove the lens, check if it is clean, is not inside out, has not any missing parts or be teared, rinse it and wear it. If the lens continues to cause discomfort, do not wear it again until the contact lens practioner has examined your eyes and the contac lens.
Important aspects you should remember:
Stop wearing the lenses if you experience persistent eye redness, blurred vision, pain. Visit you eye specialist in these cases. Contact lenses could be contaminated if used in swimming pools or saunas. Unless the contact lens fitter prescibes it, the contact lenses must not be used during sleeping hours. The contact lenses should be kept in appropriate contact lens liquid. The contact lenses that can be worn during sleeping hours, require specific instructions by the contact lens specialist. The lenses should be kept wet. If they have been dried out, place the lenses in isotonic saline solution or other storing solution for 24 hours. Then clean and disinfect them as usual. It is not recommended to wear lenses while in sickness. always use fresh disinfecting liquid. Do not use solutions that have been expired. Throw away the lenses after the suggested by your contact lens specialist recommended use. Consult you contact lens specialist in any case you have not fully understand any of the above. Lenses are worn before make up. Avoid hair sprays when lenses are worn. Avoid hand creams before lens handling.