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Successful contact lens wear

Proper cleaning and hygiene is important to successful contact lens wear.  Make sure to follow your doctor’s advice on cleaning, replacement frequency and wear times.

Essential knowledge

Regular follow-up care is essential for successful contact lens wear. Contact lens wearers should have a yearly eye examination. Only a doctor can evaluate the proper fit of your contacts. Microscopic changes can threaten the health of your eyes without any symptoms such as blurry vision or contact lens awareness.

We’ve put together a list of a few essential tips for successful contact lens wear:

  • Properly clean, disinfect and store your lenses.
  • Adhere to your lens wear and replacement schedule.
  • Wash your hands and dry with a lint-free towel.
  • Remove lenses from the storage case one at a time. Start with the same lens every time to avoid mix-ups.
  • Rinse case with solution and allow to air dry.
  • When not wearing your contact lenses, store in a proper case filled with disinfection solution.
  • Replace case every month.
  • Soak lenses for at least four hours or per manufacturers instructions. Use fresh solution every time.
  • You need a good pair of glasses even if you wear contact lenses every day. There may be days when you are unable to wear your contact lenses. Tired eyes, eye infections and allergies are all possible reasons that glasses may be the better option for the day.
  • Don’t wear a torn contact lens. Throw it away and start with a fresh lens.
  • Some lenses are approved for continuous wear and once the doctor determines they are appropriate for your eyes, are okay to sleep in. Most contact lenses are only meant for wear during the day. If you fall asleep with your lenses on, remove them as soon as you wake. We recommend putting a lubricating drop in your eyes before you attempt to remove the lens.
  • During the night, lenses can dry and become stuck to your cornea. See your doctor if the lens cannot easily be removed.
  • Even when using a no-rub solution, it may still be recommended to rub your lenses. Rub both sides and rise before soaking in case overnight.
  • Don't use eye medications while wearing contact lenses.
  • Never store lenses in saline. Saline will not disinfect lenses.Don't allow the tip of the solution bottle to come into contact with other surfaces as this may contaminate the bottle. Do not share your contact lenses, solutions or case with anyone.
  • Stop wearing your lenses if you develop redness, foggy vision, unusual pain, decrease in vision or you suspect something is wrong.
  • We recommend yearly eye exams for contact lens wearers.
  • Hot tubs and swimming are not recommended while wearing contact lenses due to the risk of lens loss and possible infection.
  • Contact lenses can be worn if you have allergies. Your success will depend on the severity of your allergies and may vary during different seasons. Thorough and frequent cleaning, as well as frequent replacement of lenses may help with comfort. Never use allergy eye drops while you have the lens on your eye.
  • Contact lenses cannot get stuck behind your eye. The lens may slide under your eyelids. If this should happen, try closing your eyes and looking around in the circle to help get the lens back to the correct spot.
  • Insert contact lenses before applying your makeup.

Replace your lenses often

Dispose of your contact lenses when recommended. Wearing lenses past their recommended life span can cause damage to your eyes. Just because your lens is still comfortable, does not mean that it is healthy.  As lenses are worn, they become clogged with oil and debris from your tears and don’t breathe enough.  Eventually new blood vessels will start to grow into the cornea to make up this oxygen debt.  Frequent and regular replacement of your contact lenses helps to ensure a healthy cornea that can wear contact lenses for years.

Contact lens policy & warranty information

Solutions aren’t all the same

We recommend using the contact lens solution recommended by your doctor. Most generic or store brand solutions are not formulated for the new technology plastics used in today's newer contact lenses. If the solution isn't a good match, it can cause dryness, discomfort and other issues.

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Village Eye Care, LLC
9606 271st Street NW
Stanwood, Washington 98292

Phone: 360-939-0604
FAX: 360-939-2268