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City Eyes Ophthalmic Opticians provide contact lens solutions for all types of lenses available.
Contact lens wearers are reminded of the importance of regular maintenance of their lenses. The information below provides an outline of the procedures that should be followed. More in depth information on lens care is available - simply contact us.
Soft Daily Wear Contacts
1. Surface Cleaner - requires rubbing the lens with clean fingers to remove surface deposits.
2. Disinfection - a crucial step, usually requires soaking the lenses overnight in a chemical such as hydrogen peroxide. This step prevents organisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi from growing.
3. Rinsing after disinfection - most chemical disinfectants like hydrogen peroxide hurt if they come in contact with the eye, therefore it is important to follow the manufacturer's instruction on soaking time and make sure you rinse your lenses well before insertion.
4. Enzymatic Cleaner - This is the best way to remove protein from soft contacts and is usually done once a week. The enzyme tablet is added to your nightly disinfecting solution. This step will greatly increase the longevity of your contacts.
5. Steps 1,2&3 should be done every night, step 4 added once a week.
6. The new all in one multipurpose solutions cover all the above steps but it is very important that the rubbing step is not missed out.
Extended Wear Contacts
1. Typically extended wear or overnight wear contact lenses should be taken out once a week and cleaned and disinfected.
2. Follow steps 1-4 under Daily Wear once a week.
3. Enzymatic tablets are very important to use if you do not want to replace your lenses frequently. Extended wear contact wearers should go without their lenses overnight at least one time a week. Not everyone is a candidate for overnight wear - there are many people who wear extended wear lenses as daily wear.
Disposable Soft Contacts
1. If you sleep in your disposable lenses then all you need is saline solution, or a multi-purpose solution. Follow the instructions on when to discard your lenses, daily or weekly.
2. If you do not sleep in your disposables then soak in a multi-purpose solution overnight and throw away the lenses in 2 weeks unless instructed otherwise.
Planned Replacement Contacts
1. These lenses last 1-3 months depending on care and cleaning.
2. If you sleep in Planned Replacement, disinfect and use enzymatic tablet once a week.
3. If you wear planned replacement as daily wear, use a multi-purpose solution overnight and replace the case on a monthly basis.
Rigid Gas Permeable Contacts
1. Look for cleaning, wetting and soaking solutions for Gas Permeable Contacts.
2. Surface Cleaner - requires rubbing the lens with clean fingers to remove surface deposits.
3. Rinse with wetting solution or saline.
4. Store in wetting and soaking solution overnight.
5. Use enzymatic tablet once a week.
Lubricating or re-wetting drops are helpful if you sleep in your contact lenses, or your job requires a lot of close vdu work. These eyedrops can be used with your contact lenses in your eyes. Look for brands that indicate they can be used with contact lenses.
All in one solutions are cleaning, rinsing and disinfecting all in one. These are ideal for use with disposable contacts or planned replacement contacts. They can also be used with soft daily and extended wear, but you will probably have to replace your lenses more often.
Hydrogen Peroxide Systems are best used with soft lenses that are not going to be replaced frequently. Consult your eye doctor for the brand that is best for the type of soft contact lens you wear.
It is best not to mix and match contact lens solutions, especially when chemical disinfection is required. If you see a brand you would like to try, call your eye doctor's office and find out how you should switch.
Many contact lens wearers can have an allergic reaction to some of the preservatives and chemicals used in the solutions. If you have any symptoms like itching, burning or redness you should discontinue use and contact your eye doctor's office. Preservative free solutions are available for those with sensitive eyes.
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