ACUVUE OASYS - Instructions and Precautions
Your ACUVUE OASYS® Contact Lenses are intended to be used for daily and extended wear within the Vistakon single use disposable wear or frequent/planned lens replacement system.
After the accumulated wearing period prescribed by your Eye Care Professional, your contact lenses should be discarded and replaced with a new sterile pair. By replacing your contact lenses on a regular basis, lens deposits, which can affect vision and cause irritation and discomfort to the eye, have little chance to build up over time as with conventional lens wear. When you discard the lens, you dispose of potential deposit build-up problems.
Your ACUVUE OASYS® lenses are visibility tinted with a UV Blocker. An ultraviolet (UV) radiation absorbing ingredient is used to block UV radiation.
Your ACUVUE OASYS® contact lenses are soft spherical, aspherical or toric lenses. They are made from a “water-loving” (hydrophilic) material that has the ability to absorb water, making the lens soft and flexible. They differ from other lenses available because of the way they are manufactured. Simply put, the multi-patented manufacturing process that took years to perfect, makes disposable or frequent replacement possible. Since the lenses are produced identically one after another, you will experience the same excellent comfort and vision, lens after lens after lens.
For your eye health, it is important that your contact lenses be worn only as prescribed by your Eye Care Professional. He or she should be kept fully aware of your medical history and will give you a total program of care based on your specific needs. He or she will review with you all instructions for lens handling and care, including how to safely and easily open the packaging. You will also be taught how to properly insert and remove lenses. This booklet will reinforce those instructions.
If you have any questions, always ask your Eye Care Professional.
Your contact lenses contain a UV Blocker to help protect against transmission of harmful UV radiation to he cornea and into the eye.
The ACUVUE OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses with HYDRACLEAR Plus (senofilcon A) is indicated for the optical correction of refractive ametropia (myopia and hyperopia) in phakic or aphakic persons with on-diseased eyes who have 1.00D or less of astigmatism.
The ACUVUE OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses for Astigmatism with HYDRACLEAR Plus (senofilcon A) is indicated for the optical correction of visual acuity in phakic or aphakic persons with non-diseased eyes that are hyperopic or myopic and may have 10.00D or less of Astigmatism.
Your Eye Care Professional may prescribe the lenses either for single-use disposable wear or frequent/planned replacement wear with cleaning, disinfection and scheduled replacement. When prescribed for frequent/planned replacement wear, you may clean and disinfect the lenses using a chemical disinfection system only.
Your contact lenses have been approved for daily and extended wear for up to 6 nights/ 7 days of continuous wear. It is recommended that you first be evaluated on a daily wear schedule. If successful, then a gradual introduction of extended wear can be followed as determined by your Eye Care Professional.
Your ACUVUE® OASYS contact lenses may be prescribed in certain eye conditions and diseases as a bandage lens for the cornea to relieve discomfort and act as a protective bandage. Your Eye Care Professional will tell you if you have such a condition and may prescribe additional medications or replacement schedules for your individual condition. You should never self-treat with a contact lens or eye medications any condition without first being seen by your Eye Care Professional.
When wearing contact lenses for vision correction, DO NOT USE your contact lenses when you have any of the following conditions:
- Inflammation or infection in or around the eye or eyelids
- Any eye disease, injury or abnormality that affects the cornea, conjunctiva or eyelids
- Any previously diagnosed condition that makes contact lens wear uncomfortable.
- Severe dry eye
- Reduced corneal sensitivity (corneal hypoesthesia)
- Any systemic disease that may affect the eye or be exaggerated by wearing contact lenses
- Allergic reactions of ocular surfaces or surrounding tissues (adnexa) that may be induced or exaggerated by wearing contact lenses or use of contact lens solutions
- Allergy to any ingredient, such as mercury or Thimerosal, in a solution which is to be used to care for your contact lenses
- Any active corneal infection (bacterial, fungal, protozoal or viral)
- If eyes become red or irritated
For THERAPEUTIC USE, your eye care professional may prescribe your contact lenses to aid in the healing process of certain ocular conditions, which may include those listed above.
What You Should Know About Contact Lens Wear:
- Problems with contact lenses or lens care products could result in serious injury to the eye1. Proper use and care of your contact lenses and lens care products, including lens cases, are essential for the safe use of these products.
- Eye problems, including sores or lesions on the cornea (corneal ulcers) can develop rapidly and lead to
- loss of vision.
- The risk of an infected sore or lesion on the cornea (ulcerative keratitis) is greater for people who wear extended wear contact lenses than for those who wear daily wear lenses.
- When daily wear users wear their lenses overnight (outside the approved use), the risk of an infected sore or lesion on the cornea (ulcerative keratitis) is greater than among those who do not wear them while sleeping.
- The overall risk of ulcerative keratitis may be reduced by carefully following directions for lens care, including cleaning the lens case.
- The risk of ulcerative keratitis among contact lens users who smoke is greater than among non-smokers.
- If you experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness of the eye or other problems, you should immediately remove your lenses and promptly contact your Eye Care Professional.
- It is recommended that you see your Eye Care Professional routinely as directed.
Warning: UV ABSORBING CONTACT LENSES are not substitutes for protective UV absorbing eyewear such as UV absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. You should continue to use UV absorbing eyewear as directed.
Note: Long-term exposure to UV radiation is one of the risk factors associated with cataracts. Exposure is based on a number of factors such as environmental conditions (altitude, geography, cloud cover) and personal factors (extent and nature of outdoor activities). UV blocking contact lenses help provide protection against harmful UV radiation. However, clinical studies have not been done to demonstrate that wearing UV blocking contact lenses reduces the risk of developing cataracts or other eye disorders. Consult your Eye Care Professional for more information.
- DO NOT use if the sterile blister package is opened or damaged.
- Before leaving the Eye Care Professional’s office, you should be able to quickly remove your lenses or you should have someone else available who can remove the lenses for you.
- Always wash and rinse your hands before handling your lenses. Do not get cosmetics, lotions, soaps, creams, deodorants or sprays in your eyes or on your lenses. It is best to put on your lenses before putting on makeup. Water-based cosmetics are less likely to damage lenses than oil-based products.
- DO NOT touch your contact lenses with your fingers or hands if they are not completely clean, because tiny lens scratches may occur, causing unclear vision and/or injury to your eye.
- Carefully follow the handling, insertion, removal and wearing instructions in this booklet and those prescribed by the Eye Care Professional.
- Always handle lenses carefully and avoid dropping them.
- Never use tweezers or other tools to remove your lenses from the lens container unless specifically indicated for that use. Pour the lens and the packing solution into the hand.
- Do not touch the lens with your fingernails.
- Close supervision is necessary for the therapeutic use of your contact lenses. Ocular medications used during treatment with a bandage lens should be closely monitored by your Eye Care Professional. In certain ocular conditions only your Eye Care Professional will insert and remove the lenses. In these cases, you should not to handle the lenses yourself.
Lens Wearing Precautions:
- You should remove your lenses immediately if your eyes become red or irritated.
- Never wear your lenses beyond the amount of time recommended by your Eye Care Professional.
- If aerosol (spray) products, such as hair spray, are used while wearing lenses, exercise caution and eep your eyes closed until the spray has settled.
- Avoid all harmful or irritating vapors and fumes while wearing lenses.
- Ask your Eye Care Professional about wearing contact lenses during sporting activities, especially swimming and other water sports. Exposing contact lenses to water during swimming or while in a hot tub may increase the risk of eye infection from germs.
- Always throw away lenses worn as prescribed by your Eye Care Professional.
- Different lens care products cannot always be used together, and not all products are safe for use with all lenses. Use only recommended solutions.
- NEVER use solutions recommended for conventional hard contact lenses only.
- Chemical disinfection solutions should not be used with heat unless specifically indicated on product labeling for use in both heat and chemical disinfection.
- Always use fresh lens care products and lenses before the expiration dates.
- Always follow the directions in the package inserts for the use of contact lens solutions.
- Use only a chemical (not heat) lens care system. Use of heat (thermal) care systems can damage your contact lens.
- When you use sterile solutions that do not contain preservatives, they should be thrown out after the time specified in the directions.
- DO NOT use saliva or anything other than the recommended solutions for lubricating or wetting lenses.
- Always keep your lenses completely covered by the recommended storage solution when the lenses are not being worn (stored). Extended periods of drying will make it harder for the lens to become wet again. Follow the lens care directions for “Care For A Dried Out (Dehydrated) Lens” if the lens surface does become dried-out.
- If the lens sticks (stops moving) on your eye, follow the recommended directions in “Care for a Sticking Lens”. The lens should move freely on your eye for the continued health of your eye. If non-movement of the lens continues, you should immediately consult your Eye Care Professional.
Lens Case Precautions:
- Bacteria can grow in contact lens cases, so it is important to properly use, clean and replace your cases at regular intervals as recommended by the lens case manufacturer or your eye care professional.
Other Topics to discuss with Your Eye Care Professional:
- If you wear your contact lenses to correct presbyopia using monovision you may not be able to get the best corrected visual acuity for either far or near vision. Visual needs are different for different people, so by your eye care professional should work with you when selecting the most appropriate type of lens for you.
- Always contact your Eye Care Professional before using any medicine in your eyes.
- Be aware that certain medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, diuretics, muscle relaxants, tranquilizers and those for motion sickness may cause dryness of the eye, increased lens awareness (feeling of the lens in the eye) or blurred vision. Always inform your eye care professional if you experience any problems with your lenses while taking such medications. Depending on the severity, your eye care professional may prescribe the use of lubricating (wetting) drops that are indicated for use with soft contact lenses or may recommend that you stop wearing contact lenses while you are using these medications.
- Be aware that if you use oral contraceptives (birth control pills), you could develop changes in vision or comfort when wearing contact lenses.
- As with any contact lens, follow-up visits are necessary to assure the continuing health of your eyes.
Who Should Know That You are Wearing Contact Lenses:
- Inform your doctor (Health Care Professional) about being a contact lens wearer.
- Always inform your employer of being a contact lens wearer. Some jobs may require use of eye protection equipment or may require that you not wear contact lenses.
Be aware that the following problems may occur when wearing contact lenses:
- Your eyes may burn, sting and/or itch.
- There may be less comfort than when the lens was first placed on your eye.
- There may be a feeling of something in your eye (foreign body, scratched area).
- There may be the potential for some temporary impairment due to peripheral infiltrates, peripheral corneal ulcers or corneal erosion. There may be the potential for other physiological observations, such as local or generalized edema, corneal neovascularization, corneal staining, injection, tarsal abnormalities, iritis and conjunctivitis, some of which are clinically acceptable in low amounts.
- There may be excessive watering, unusual eye secretions or redness of your eye.
- Poor visual acuity, blurred vision, rainbows or halos around objects, photophobia or dry eyes may also occur if your lenses are worn continuously or for too long a time.
You should conduct a simple 3-part self examination at least once a day. Ask yourself:
- How do the lenses feel on my eyes?
- How do my eyes look?
- Do I continue to see well?
If you report any problems, you should IMMEDIATELY REMOVE YOUR LENS.
If the discomfort or problem stops, you should look closely at the lens.
If the lens is in any way damaged, you SHOULD NOT put the lens back on your eye. You should discard the lens and apply a new fresh lens on your eye.
If your lens has dirt, an eyelash, or foreign body on it, or the problem stops and the lens appears undamaged, you should dispose of the lens and apply a new fresh lens.
If the problem continues, you SHOULD NOT put the lens back on your eye but IMMEDIATELY CONSULT YOUR EYE CARE PROFESSIONAL.
When any of the above symptoms occur, a serious condition such as infection, corneal ulcer, neovascularization or iritis may be present. Seek immediate professional identification of the problem and prompt treatment to avoid serious eye damage.
During therapeutic use, an adverse effect may be due to the original disease or injury or may be due to the effects of wearing a contact lens. There is a possibility that the existing disease or condition might become worse when a soft contact lens for therapeutic use is used to treat an already diseased injured eye. To avoid serious eye damage, you should contact your Eye Care Professional IMMEDIATELY if there is an increase in symptoms while wearing the lens.
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