February 2017 Contact Lens Compliance

February 2017 Contact Lens Compliance

We aren’t saying any names, but you know who you are.

A lot of us have bad habits, whether it is gambling, nail biting, eating or drinking too much or maybe even something worse; it seems we all have our demons to fight. And this is especially true for our contact lens wearing patients. As a friendly reminder to our contact lens wearing patients, please heed the following instructions.

  1. Always wash and dry your hands before handling contact lenses.
  2. Carefully and regularly clean your contact lenses as directed by your eye doctor. Rub the contact lenses with your fingers and rinse them thoroughly before soaking the lenses overnight in multipurpose solution that completely covers each lens.
  3. Store lenses in the proper lens storage case, and replace your case every three months or sooner. Clean the case after each use, and keep it open and dry between cleanings. Use only products recommended by your eye doctor to clean and disinfect your lenses. Do not use saline solution and rewetting drops to disinfect lenses, as that is not what they are designed to do.
  4. Use fresh solution to clean and store contact lenses. Never reuse old solution. Change your contact lens solution according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, even if you don’t use the lenses daily. Always follow the recommended contact lens replacement schedule prescribed by your eye doctor.
  5. Remove contact lenses before swimming or entering a hot tub.
  6. See your eye doctor for your regularly scheduled contact lens and eye examination.

Contact lens non-compliance can result in infection and permanent damage to the eye. When you cut corners in the proper care and wearing instructions of your contacts you don’t realize the damage that’s done until it is too late. That is why it is so important to follow the contact lens wearing instructions given by your eye doctor. If you have questions about your contacts or are having any problems call us today at 423-239-5491 .

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