Contact Lenses Tips

Soft Contact Lens Training Guide

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  • Always have a pair of glasses for backup wear and emergencies.
  • A yearly eye exam is required to ensure your safety and comfort.
  • If burning, redness, or pain occurs discontinue wearing your lenses and call our office as soon as possible.
  • Always work with clean contact lenses and newly washed hands over a clean surface.
  • Follow the doctors prescribed wear schedule even if your contacts still feel comfortable.  Your eye is unable to feel deterioration of contact lenses until after damage has occurred.
  • Do not over wear your contact lenses.
  • Avoid sleeping in your lenses unless you wear an overnight lens specifically prescribed for overnight use.
  • Never wear a ripped or torn lens.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes.


  • Keep control of the upper eyelid with the opposite hand and the lower eyelid with the insertion hand.
  • Watch yourself in the mirror as you insert the lens with both eyes open.


  • Pin eyelids back as with insertion and use two fingers to gently pinch the lens off the center of your eye.
  • If you have difficulty removing the lens wait a few minutes and try again.
  • If you are unable to remove the lens contact our office immediately for assistance.


  • Rub and rinse your lens with solution EVEN IF THE SOLUTION CLAIMS TO BE A NO RUB SOLUTION. (Exception: Clear Care)
  • Discard your lenses if they have dried out.  A dry lens or a lens soaked in water will cause a structural change that makes the lens unsafe to wear.
  • Always use fresh solution.  Do not “top off” existing solution in the case.
  • Use the solution your doctor has recommended for your specific contact lens.  Never use water or homemade saline solution.
  • Clean your storage case after use and replace when you purchase new solution.


Please follow these guidelines to avoid serious consequences, such as infection, discomfort, allergic reactions, and permanent damage to the cornea.

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