Basic Lens Care Instructions
If you require only vision correction, but will not or cannot always use the recommended care routine for your lenses, or are unable to put on and remove lenses or have someone available to place and remove them,
you should not try 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 Professional’s office.
- Always wash, rinse and dry your hands before handling contact lenses.
- Do not use saliva or anything other than the recommended solutions for lubricating or rewetting your lenses. Do not put lenses in your mouth.
- Never rinse your ACUVUE OASYS® 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 the drain.
For Frequent Replacement Wear:
When you first get your ACUVUE OASYS® lenses, you will be given a recommended cleaning and disinfection routine and instructions and warnings for lens care, handling, cleaning and disinfection. Your Eye Care Professional should teach you about appropriate and adequate procedures and products for your use. When you remove your lenses between replacement periods, the lenses must be cleaned and disinfected before you put them back on your eyes, or you should throw them away and replace them with fresh lenses.
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 lens care products and procedures recommended by your Eye Care Professional. Cleaning and rinsing are necessary to remove mucus, secretions, films or deposits that may have built up on your lenses during wearing. The ideal time to clean your lenses is immediately after removing them. Disinfecting is necessary to destroy harmful germs.
You should always use the recommended lens care routine. Failure to follow the recommended procedures may result in development of serious eye problems, as discussed in the "ACUVUE OASYS® Warnings" section.
For safe contact lens wear, you should know and always practice your lens care routine:
- Always use fresh lens care products before the expiration dates.
- Use the recommended system of lens care, chemical (not heat), and carefully follow instructions on lens care product labeling. Different products cannot always be used together, and not all products are safe for use with all lenses. Do not alternate or mix lens care systems unless indicated on the product labeling.
- Always remove, clean, rinse and disinfect your ACUVUE OASYS® lenses according to the schedule pre-scribed by your Eye Care Professional. The use of any cleaning solution does not substitute for disinfection.
- Lenses prescribed on the frequent replacement program should be thrown away after the recommended wearing period prescribed by your Eye Care Professional.
- Since the lens material contains silicone, the wettability may differ when different lens care products are used. The Eye Care Professional should recommend a care system that is appropriate for your contact lenses. Each lens care product contains specific directions for use and important safety information, which should be read and carefully followed.
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 the instructions.
- Always clean the same lens first to avoid mix-ups.
- Follow the instructions provided in the cleaning solution labeling.
- After cleaning, rinse the lens thoroughly with a recommended rinsing solution to remove the cleaning solution, mucus and film from the lens surface.
- Put the lens into the correct chamber of the lens storage case.
Disinfecting (Chemical - Not Heat)
- After cleaning, disinfect lenses using the system recommended by your Eye Care Professional.
- Follow the instructions provided in the disinfection product labeling or recommended by your eye care professional.
- When using hydrogen peroxide lens care systems, lenses must be neutralized before wearing. Follow the recommendations on the hydrogen peroxide system labeling.
- Thoroughly rinse lenses with a fresh solution recommended for rinsing before inserting and wearing, or follow the instructions on the disinfection solution labeling
- Do not heat the disinfection solution and lenses.
Caution: Lenses that are chemically disinfected may absorb ingredients from the disinfecting solution that may be irritating to the eyes. A thorough rinse in fresh sterile saline (or another recommended solution) prior to placement on the eye should reduce the potential for irritation.
- To store your ACUVUE OASYS® lenses, first disinfect them, then leave them in the closed/unopened case until you are ready to wear them.
- Always keep your lenses completely covered by a recommended disinfecting solution when the lenses are not being worn.
- If you will not be wearing your lenses immediately following disinfection, you should ask your Eye Care Professional for information about storing your lenses.
- After removing your lenses from the lens case, empty and rinse the lens storage case with solution(s) recommended by your eye care professional or 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 intervals.
Your Eye Care Professional may recommend a lubricating/rewetting solution for your use. Lubricating/rewetting solutions can be used to wet (lubricate) your lenses while you are wearing them.
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 Professional.
Care For A Dried Out (Dehydrated) Lens
If a soft contact lens is exposed to air for prolonged periods while off the eye, it may become dry and can be easily broken. If this happens, throw away the lens and use a new fresh one.
Care For A Sticking (Non-moving) Lens
If a ACUVUE OASYS® lens sticks (stops moving) on your eye, apply a few drops of the recommended lubricating 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 Professional.
If chemicals of any kind (household products, gardening solutions, laboratory chemicals, etc.) are splashed into your eyes: FLUSH EYES IMMEDIATELY WITH TAP WATER AND IMMEDIATELY CONTACT YOUR EYE CARE PROFESSIONAL OR VISIT A HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM WITHOUT DELAY.
- You should be aware that, as with any type of lens correction, there are advantages and compromises to presbyopic contact lens correction. The benefit of clear near vision when looking straight-ahead and upward that you get with your contact lenses for monovision correction may be accompanied by a vision compromise that may reduce your visual acuity and depth perception for distance and near tasks. Some patients have experienced difficulty adapting to this. Symptoms, such as mild blurred vision and variable vision, may last for a brief period or for several weeks as you are getting used to the lenses. The longer these symptoms last, the poorer your chances for successful adaptation. You should avoid visually demanding situations during the initial adaptation period. It is recommended that you first wear these contact lenses in familiar situations that are not visually demanding. For example, it might be better to be a passenger rather than a driver of an automobile during the first days of lens wear. It is recommended that you only drive with monovision correction if you pass your state drivers license requirements with monovision correction.
- Some presbyopic patients need to wear their glasses over their contact lenses for monovision correction to provide the clearest vision for critical tasks. You should discuss this with your Eye Care Professional.
- Some presbyopic patients will never be fully comfortable functioning under low levels of lighting, such as driving at night. If this happens, you may want to discuss with your Eye Care Professional having additional contact lenses prescribed so that both eyes are corrected for distance when sharp distance vision is required from both eyes together.
For monovision patients, if you require very sharp near vision during prolonged close work, you may want to have additional contact lenses prescribed so that both eyes are corrected for near when sharp near vision is required from both eyes together. It is important that you follow your Eye Care Professional’s suggestions for getting used to presbyopic contact lens correction. You should discuss any concerns that you may have during and after the adaptation period.
- The decision to be fit with monovision correction is most appropriately left to the Eye Care Professional, in conjunction with you, after carefully considering and discussing your needs.