Contact Lens Wearer's Guide
1. Preparing The Lens For Wearing
It is essential that you learn and
use good hygienic methods in the
care and handling of your new
lenses. Cleanliness is the first and
most important aspect of proper
contact lens care. In particular,
your hands should be clean and
free of any foreign substances
when you handle your lenses.
The procedures are:
- Always wash your hands
thoroughly with a mild soap,
rinse completely, and dry with a
lint-free towel before touching
- Avoid the use of soaps containing
cold cream, lotion, or oily
cosmetics before handling your
lenses, since these substances may
come into contact with the lenses
and interfere with successful
- Handle your lenses with your
fingertips, and be careful to avoid
contact with fingernails. It is
helpful to keep your fingernails
short and smooth.
Start off correctly by getting into
the habit of always using proper
hygienic procedures so that they
2. Opening the Multipack and Lens Package
It is simple to open the multipack.
Locate the opening flap on the
front of the multipack and pull up
to break the seal. Inside you will
find six lenses. Each lens comes
in its own lens package designed
specifically to maintain sterility.
To close the multipack for
storage, just tuck in the flap.
To open an individual lens
package, follow these simple
- Shake the lens package and
check to see that the lens is
floating in the solution.
- Peel back the foil closure to
reveal the lens. By stabilizing the
lens package on the tabletop, you
will minimize the possibility of a
Occasionally, a lens may adhere
to the inside surface of the foil
when opened, or to the plastic
package itself. This will not
affect the sterility of the lens. It is
still perfectly safe to use.
Carefully remove and inspect the
lens following the handling
Note: Always start with the lens for your right eye. Making this a habit will help ensure that you always place the correct lens on the correct eye.
3. Handling the Lenses
- Develop the habit of always
working with the same lens first
to avoid mixups.
- Remove the lens from its
storage case and examine it to be
sure that it is moist, clean, clear,
and free of any nicks or tears. If
the lens appears damaged, do not
use it. Use the next lens in the
Verify that the lens is not turned
inside out by placing it on your
forefinger and checking its
profile. The lens should assume a
natural, curved, bowl-like shape
(Fig. A). If the lens edges tend to
point outward, the lens is inside
out (Fig. B). Another method is to
gently squeeze the lens between
the thumb and forefinger. The
edges should turn inward. If the
lens is inside out, the edges will
turn slightly outward.
4. Placing The Lens On The Eye
Remember, start with your right eye.
Once you have opened the
lens package, removed and
examined the lens, follow
these steps to apply the
lens to your eye:
Place the lens on the tip of
your forefinger. BE SURE
THE LENS IS CORRECTLY
ORIENTED (see "Handling
Place the middle finger
of the same hand close to
your lower eyelashes and
pull down the lower lid.
Use the forefinger or
middle finger of the other
hand to lift the upper lid.
Place the lens on the eye.
Gently release the lids
and blink. The lens will
Use the same technique
when inserting the lens for
your left eye.
Note: If you need to rinse the lenses
before you insert it into your eye, use
only fresh sterile saline solution.
Never use tap water.
There are other methods of
lens placement. If the above
method is difficult for you,
your eye care practitioner
will recommend an
alternate method such as using a contact lens inserter.
Note: If after placement of the
lens, your vision is blurred,
check for the following:
The lens is not centered
on the eye (see
"Centering the Lens", next in this booklet).
If the lens is centered,
remove the lens (see
"Removing the Lens") and
check for the following:
- Cosmetics or oils on the lens. Dispose of the lens and insert a fresh new lens.
- The lens is on the wrong eye.
- The lens is inside-out (it would also not be as comfortable as normal).
If you find that your vision is
still blurred after checking the
above possibilities, remove
both lenses and consult your
eye care practitioner.
If a lens becomes less
comfortable than when it
was first inserted or if it is
upon insertion, remove the
lens immediately and contact
your eye care practitioner.
After you have successfully
inserted your lenses, you
should ask yourself:
- How do the lenses feel on my eyes?
- How do my eyes look?
- Do I see well?
If your examination shows
any problems IMMEDIATELY
REMOVE YOUR LENSES
AND CONTACT YOUR EYE
5. Centering The Lens
A lens which is on the
cornea will very rarely be
displaced onto the white
part of the eye during
wear. This, however, can
occur if insertion and
removal procedures are
not performed properly.
To center a lens, follow
either of these procedures:
- Close your eyelids and gently massage the lens into place through the closed lids
- Gently manipulate the off-centered lens onto the cornea while the eye is opened, using finger pressure on the edge of the upper lid or lower lid.
6. Removing The Lens
Always remove the
same lens first.
- Wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly.
CAUTION: Always be sure
the lens is on the cornea
before attempting to
remove it. Determine this
by covering the other eye.
If vision is blurred, the lens
is either on the white part
of the eye or it is not on
the eye at all. To locate the
lens, inspect the upper
area of the eye by looking
down into a mirror while
pulling the upper lid up.
Then, inspect the lower
area by pulling the lower
- There are two recommended methods of lens removal: the Pinch Method and the Forefinger and Thumb Method. You should follow the method that was recommended by your eye care practitioner.
- Look up, slide the lens to the lower part of the eye using the forefinger.
- Gently pinch the lens between the thumb and forefinger.
- Remove the lens.
Forefinger and Thumb Method:
- Place your hand or towel under your eye to catch the lens.
- Place your forefinger on the center of the upper lid and your thumb on the center of the lower lid.
- Press in and force a blink. The lens should fall onto your hand or the towel.
Once the lens is removed, DISCARD the lens.
Note: The lens may come out but remain on the eyelid, finger or thumb.
- Remove the other lens by following the same procedure.
||Note: Pinching the lens between the thumb and forefinger is not harmful, provided the fingernails do not contact the lens. Some people find a mirror helpful when removing the lens.
- Follow the required lens care procedures
described under the heading, "Caring for
Your Lenses (Cleaning, Rinsing,
Disinfecting, Storage and Rewetting/
Note: If these methods of removing your lenses are difficult for you, your eye care practitioner will recommend an alternate method such as using a contact lens remover.
1. Basic Instructions
For continued safe and
comfortable wearing of your
lenses, it is important that you
first clean and rinse, then
disinfect [and neutralize (for
hydrogen peroxide systems)]
your lenses after each removal,
using the care regimen
recommended by your eye care
practitioner. Cleaning and rinsing
are necessary to remove mucus,
secretions, films or deposits
which may have accumulated
during wearing. The ideal time to
clean your lenses is immediately
after removing them. Disinfecting
is necessary to destroy harmful
You should adhere to a
recommended care regimen.
Failure to follow the regimen may
result in development of serious
ocular complications, as
discussed in the 'Warnings'
If you require only vision
correction, but will not or cannot
adhere to a recommended care
regimen for your lenses, or are
unable to place and remove lenses
or have someone available to
place and remove them, you
should not attempt to get and
wear contact lenses.
When you first get your lenses, be
sure to put the lenses on and
remove them while you are in
your eye care practitioner's
office. At that time you will be
provided with a recommended
cleaning and disinfection
regimen and instructions and
warnings for lens care, handling,
cleaning and disinfection. Your
eye care practitioner should
instruct you about appropriate
and adequate procedures and
products for your use.
For safe contact lens wear, you
should know and always practice
your lens care routine:
- Always wash, rinse and dry
hands before handling contact
- Always use fresh unexpired lens
- Use the recommended system of
lens care, chemical (not heat), and
carefully follow instructions on
solution labeling. Different
solutions cannot always be used
together, and not all solutions are
safe for use with all lenses. Do
not alternate or mix lens care
systems unless indicated on
- Always remove, clean, rinse
and disinfect your lenses
according to the schedule
prescribed by your eye care
practitioner. The use of any
cleaning solution does not
substitute for disinfection.
- Do not use saliva or anything
other than the recommended
solutions for lubricating or
rewetting your lenses. Do not put
lenses in your mouth.
- Lenses prescribed on the
frequent replacement program
should be thrown away after the
recommended wearing period
prescribed by your eye care
- Never rinse your lenses in water
from the tap. There are two
reasons for this:
- Tap water contains many
impurities that can contaminate
or damage your lenses and may
lead to eye infection or injury.
- You might lose your lens down
- Your eye care practitioner
should recommend a care system
that is appropriate for your Contact Lens. Each
lens care product contains
specific directions for use and
important safety information,
which you should read and
Note: Some solutions may have
more than one function, which
will be indicated on the label.
Read the label on the solution
bottle and follow instructions.
- Clean one lens first (always the
same lens first to avoid mixups),
rinse the lens thoroughly with
recommended saline or
disinfecting solution to remove
the cleaning solution, mucus and
film from the lens surface. Follow
the instructions provided in the
cleaning solution labeling. Put
that lens into the correct chamber
of the lens storage case. Then
repeat the procedure for the
- After cleaning, disinfect lenses
using the system recommended
by your eye care practitioner
and/or the lens manufacturer.
Follow the instructions provided
in the disinfection solution
- To store lenses, disinfect and
leave them in the
closed/unopened case until ready
to wear. If lenses are not to be
used immediately following
disinfection, you should consult
the package insert or your eye
care practitioner for information
on storage of your lenses.
- Always keep your lenses
completely immersed in a
solution when the lenses are not
being worn. If you discontinue
wearing your lenses, but plan to
begin wearing them again after a
few weeks, ask your eye care
practitioner for a
recommendation on how to store
- Contact Lenses
cannot be heat (thermally)
- After removing your lenses
from the lens case, empty and
rinse the lens storage case with
solution(s) recommended by the
lens case manufacturer; then
allow the lens case to air dry.
When the case is used again, refill
it with fresh storage solution.
Replace lens case at regular
- Your eye care practitioner may
lubricating/rewetting solution for
your use. Lubricating/rewetting
solutions can be used to wet
(lubricate) your lenses while you
are wearing them to make them
2. Care For A Sticking (Non-moving)Lens
If a lens sticks (stops moving) on
your eye, apply a few drops of the
solution. You should wait until
the lens begins to move freely on
the eye before removing it. If
non-movement of the lens
continues, you should
IMMEDIATELY consult your
eye care practitioner.
3. Chemical (Not Heat) Disinfection
- Clean the contact lenses with a
recommended cleaning solution
and thoroughly rinse them with a
recommended rinsing solution.
- After cleaning, to disinfect,
carefully follow the instructions
accompanying the disinfecting
solution in the care regimen
recommended by the lens
manufacturer or the eye care
- When using hydrogen peroxide
lens care systems, lenses must be
neutralized before wearing.
Follow the recommendations on
the hydrogen peroxide system
- Thoroughly rinse lenses with a
fresh solution recommended for
rinsing before inserting and
wearing, or follow the
instructions on the disinfection
- Do not heat the disinfection
solution and lenses.
- Leave the lenses in the
unopened storage case until ready
to put on the eyes.
Caution: Lenses that are
chemically disinfected may
absorb ingredients from the
disinfecting solution which
may be irritating to the eyes.
A thorough rinse in fresh sterile
saline solution prior to placement
on the eye should reduce the
potential for irritation.
4. Lens Case Cleaning and Maintenance
Contact lens cases can be a source
of bacteria growth. Lens cases
should be emptied, cleaned,
rinsed with solutions
recommended by the lens case
manufacturer and allowed to air
dry. Lens cases should be
replaced at regular intervals, as
recommended by the lens case
manufacturer or your eye care
5. Care For A Dehydrated Lens
If a soft, hydrophilic contact lens
is exposed to air while off the
eye, it may become dry and
brittle. If this happens, dispose of
the lens and use a fresh new one.
If chemicals of any kind
(household products, gardening
solutions, laboratory chemicals,
etc.) are splashed into your eyes:
FLUSH EYES IMMEDIATELY
WITH TAP WATER AND
YOUR EYE CARE
PRACTITIONER OR VISIT A
ROOM WITHOUT DELAY.