First Steps

If you're interested in trying contact lenses your first step would be to book a contact lens fit appointment with your Optometrist or Eye Doctor. Here they will assess if you are suited to wearing lenses and they will discuss the different type of lenses available.  New wearers should be given a contact lens teach session where they will be taught how to insert and remove lenses as well as information on the do's and dont's and what to do in the event of an emergency. The eye care professional may also give you a trial of lenses before issuing a Contact Lens Specification (or prescription) from which you can order your lenses.

Dailies vs Monthlies

Daily Disposable lenses come in boxes of 30 separate lenses. They are very convenient as they require no cleaning and are disposed after a single use. Patients love the feeling of a fresh lens every day however due to their short period of use the daily lenses aren't always as good quality as the Monthlies. They are also typically the more expensive option unless you want to wear them less than twice a week.

Monthlies (reusable lenses) must be cleaned and stored overnight before each use using a Cleaning  Solution. They are typically more comfortable than Dailies due to their superior ability to retain moisture. This option is generally the cheapest due to a single pair of lenses lasting a whole month.

An important thing to remember is that the Monthly lens must be discarded 30 days after it is opened irregardless of how many times you have worn them. 

Contact Lens
Dont's
  • Never sleep, shower or swim in your contact lenses.

  • Don't use tap water to clean your lenses or your lens case.

  • Don't reuse daily disposable lenses or wear monthly contact lenses past 30 days. 

  • Don't use contact lenses or solutions that have passed their expiry date.

 
ContactLens Do's
  • Always wash your hands before handling contact lenses.

  • Ensure the contact lenses are visibly clean and not damaged before insertion.

  • Avoid makeup, lotions, hairspray etc coming into contact with your lenses.

  • Keep up to date with your contact lens check ups.

Insertion + Removal tips

The old cliche 'practice makes perfect 'is very relevant when it comes to inserting and removing contact lenses. Here are some tips on where people normally go wrong:

  • Ensure the contact lens is not inside out. If the lens isn't the right way up the lens will feel very uncomfortable in the eyes. See fig.1 for an illustration on what the lens should look like before insertion

  • Have a strong firm grip on your eyelids before inserting the lens. If the hands are wet this will be harder to do so drying the hands before will help

  • Slowly place the lens onto the cornea (the dome shaped area of the front of the eye). The lens should latch onto the front of the eye and by doing this slowly there will be minimal discomfort

  • When removing the lens use the soft part of your finger to slide the lens onto the white part of the eyeball (the sclera) before pinching the lens out. The sclera is very tough as its made up of collagen and elastic fibre unlike the cornea which can be damaged quite easily.

figure 1
 

Warning: if you are having any unexplained eye discomfort, watering, vision change, or redness, remove any lenses immediately and consult your eye care practitioner before wearing your lenses again