Caring for your 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® lenses
This article is about Rinsing, Cleaning, Disinfecting and Storing your ACUVUE® TrueEye® lenses. In addition it provides tips about Rewetting and Lubrication.
1. General Instructions
You should stick to a recommended care regimen otherwise it may result in development of serious ocular complications (complications are discussed in the "Warnings" section). If you require only vision correction, but will not or cannot adhere to a recommended care regimen for your lenses, or are unable to apply and remove 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® lenses or have someone available to place and remove them, you should not attempt to get and wear contact lenses. When you first receive 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® contacts, be sure to put the lenses on and remove them while you are in your Eye Care Professional's office. At that time you will be provided with a recommended cleaning and disinfection regimen and instructions & warnings for lens care, handling, cleaning and disinfection. Your Eye Care Professional should instruct you about appropriate and adequate procedures and products for your use.
For safe contact lens wear, you should practice a lens care routine similar to the following:
- Always wash, rinse and dry hands before handling contact lenses.
- Always use fresh unexpired lens care solution.
- Use the recommended system of lens care, chemical (not heat), and carefully follow instructions on solution labeling. Different solutions cannot always be used together, and not all solutions are safe for use with all lenses.
- Do not alternate or mix lens care systems unless indicated on solution labeling.
- Always remove, clean, rinse and disinfect your contact lenses according to the schedule prescribed by your Eye Care Professional. The use of any cleaning solution does not substitute for disinfection.
- Do not use saliva or anything other than the recommended solutions for lubricating or re-wetting your lenses. Don't put lenses in your mouth.
- Lenses prescribed on the frequent replacement program should be thrown away after the recommended wearing period prescribed by your Eye Care Professional.
- Never rinse your 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.
- Your Eye Care Professional should recommend a care system that is appropriate for your Contact Lens. Each lens care product contains specific directions for use and important safety information, which you should read and carefully follow.
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 instructions.
- Clean one lens first (always the same lens first to avoid mix-ups), rinse the lens thoroughly with recommended saline or disinfecting solution to remove the cleaning solution, mucus and film from the lens surface. Follow the instructions provided in the cleaning solution labeling. Put that lens into the correct chamber of the lens storage case. Then repeat the procedure for the second lens.
- After cleaning, disinfect lenses using the system recommended by your Eye Care Professional and/or the lens manufacturer. Follow the instructions provided in the disinfection solution labeling.
- To store lenses, leave them in the closed/unopened case until ready to wear. If lenses are not to be used immediately following disinfection, you should consult the Package Insert or your Eye Care Professional for information on storage of your lenses.
- Always keep your lenses completely immersed in a recommended disinfecting solution when the lenses are not being worn
- 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® Contact Lenses cannot be heat (thermally) disinfected.
- After removing your lenses from the lens case, empty and rinse the lens storage case with solution(s) recommended by 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 to make them more comfortable.
2. Care for a Sticking (non-moving) Lens
If a 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.
3. Chemical (Not Heat) Disinfection
- Clean the contact lenses with a recommended cleaning solution and thoroughly rinse them with a recommended rinsing solution.
- After cleaning, to disinfect, carefully follow the instructions accompanying the disinfecting solution in the care regimen recommended by the lens manufacturer or the 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 applying and wearing, or follow the instructions on the disinfection solution labeling.
- Do not heat the disinfection solution and lenses.
- Leave the lenses in the unopened storage case until ready to put on the eyes.
Caution: Lenses that are chemically disinfected may absorb ingredients from the disinfecting solution which may be irritating to the eyes. A thorough rinse in fresh sterile saline solution prior to placement on the eye should reduce the potential for irritation.
4. Lens Case Cleaning and Maintenance
Contact lens cases can be a source of bacterial 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.
5. Care for a Dehydrated Lens
If an 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® contact lens is exposed to air while off the eye, it may become dry and brittle. If this happens, dispose of the lens and use a new fresh one.
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.