1. Prepare 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 your lenses.
- 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 wearing.
- 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 become automatic.
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. 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 steps:
- 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 table-top, you will minimize the possibility of a sudden splash.
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 instructions.
When you first get your lenses, be sure that you are able to put the lenses on and remove them before leaving your Eye Care Professional’s office.
Develop the habit of always working with the same lens first to avoid mix-ups.
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 multipack.
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:
- BE SURE THE LENS IS NOT INSIDE-OUT by following either of the following procedures:
- Place the lens on the tip of your index finger and check its profile. The lens should assume a natural, curved, bowl-like shape. If the lens edges tend to point outward, the lens is inside out. 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.
- Place the lens on the tip of your index finger and, looking up at the lens, locate the numbers 123. 1-2-3 indicates correct orientation while a reverse of 1-2-3 indicates the lens is inside out. If the lens is inside out (reverse 1-2-3), invert the lens and locate the numbers again to confirm correct lens orientation.
- 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 center automatically.
- Use the same technique when applying the lens on your left eye.
There are other methods of lens placement. If the above method is difficult for you, your Eye Care Professional will provide you with an alternate method.
After you have successfully inserted your lenses, you should ask yourself:
- Do I see well?
- How do the lenses feel on my eyes?
- How do my eyes look?
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 your ACUVUE OASYS® Lens" section).
- If the lens is centered, remove the lens (see "Removing the Lens" section) and check for the following:
- Cosmetics or oils on the lens. Dispose of the lens and apply a new fresh 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 Professional.
Note: If a lens becomes less comfortable than when it was first applied or if it is markedly uncomfortable upon application, remove the lens immediately and contact your Eye Care Professional.
If your examination shows any problems, IMMEDIATELY REMOVE YOUR LENSES AND CONTACT YOUR EYE CARE PROFESSIONAL.
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 application 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.
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 lid down
Always remove the same lens first.
- Wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly.
Lens Removal Methods
There are two recommended methods of lens removal: the Pinch Method and the Forefinger and Thumb Method. You should follow the method that is recommended by your Eye Care Professional.
- 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, simply follow the lens care directions recommended by your Eye Care Professional.
Note: The lens may come out, but remain on the eyelid, finger or thumb.
- Remove the other lens by following the same procedure.
- Follow the required lens care procedures described under the heading, "Caring For Your Lenses (Cleaning, Rinsing, Disinfecting, Storage and Rewetting/Lubricating)".
Note: If these methods of removing your lens are difficult for you, your Eye Care Professional will provide you with an alternate method.