We are happy to honor contact lens prescriptions that have been issued within the last 12 months. Contact lenses can be ordered by calling the office or online. Your online order will be confirmed within 48 hours and shipped to you. Shipping is free on orders of a one year supply of lenses. If you would like to pick up your lenses at our office, please call to place your order. Most lenses will be available for pick-up within 5 working days.
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CONTACT LENS CARE AND GUIDELINES
Proper use and care of contact lenses is essential for successful and safe wearing. Lapses in care and inappropriate use can result in serious and permanent damage to the eye. The following information is intended to educate the wearer for a lifetime of successful contact lens wear.
- You must be able to insert and remove your contact lenses without assistance. This is essential in case of an emergency.
- Not all contact lenses can be worn overnight! Even with lenses that are FDA approved for overnight wear, the risk of a potentially blinding corneal infection is 10 to 15 times greater than when lenses are removed at night. For this reason, we recommend that lenses be removed nightly. Newer silicone hydrogel lenses have much greater oxygen delivery through the lens and are safer for overnight wear. However, the risk of potentially blinding corneal infections is still greater than with lenses that are removed nightly.
- Always have back-up glasses in case you are unable to wear your contact lenses. Always have a spare set of contact lenses on hand in case one is torn or lost. We will work with you to provide replacement lenses as quickly as possible, but cannot keep every prescription lens in stock in our office. Do not assume that your lens prescription will be immediately available! This is particularly true for colored, toric, and vial contact lenses.
- Any of the following may occur when wearing contact lenses: irritation, foreign body sensation or pain, excessive tearing, redness, unusual eye secretions, decreased vision or sensitivity to light. If any of these occur, remove the lens and inspect it. If it is damaged, discard the lens. If the lens is not damaged, clean it and reinsert the lens. If the symptoms do not resolve promptly upon removal of the lens or upon reinsertion, contact our office. A serious injury or infection may be present which can progress rapidly to permanent loss of vision. Keep a spare case and solution with you so that you can store the lenses if you need to remove them.
- Remember to inform your doctors and employer that you wear contact lenses. Contact lenses may not be appropriate in some work environments. Ask your doctor before using any medication in your eyes. Some medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, diuretics (water pills), birth control pills, muscle relaxants, and tranquilizers can cause dry eyes and decrease contact lens tolerance. Cigarette smoke may also decrease the comfort of your lenses.
- To keep lenses from drying out, always immerse them completely in the storage solution when they are not being worn. Dehydrated lenses should be placed in solution for several minutes to attempt rehydration. If this is not successful, the damaged lens should be discarded.
- Always wash and rinse your hands before handling your lenses. Take care not to get cosmetics, lotion, creams, soap or aerosols (perfume, hair spray, deodorants) on the lenses. Put make-up on after inserting your lenses. Water-based cosmetics are less likely to damage your lenses.
- Before inserting your lenses, always check to be sure there are no nicks or other defects in the lens. Make sure the lens is not inside out. A backward lens will not fit comfortably and your vision will be blurry.
- Do not use saliva or water to wet your lenses due the risk of transferring bacteria into your eye. Carry a bottle of rewetting solution or saline with you for use as needed. Keep solutions and the lens storage area clean.
- Pour the lenses from the case into your hand to prevent damage to the lenses from fingernails or sharp ridges in the lens case.
- Upon removal from the eye, each lens must be manually cleaned and placed in a storage solution that cleans and disinfects the lenses. A multipurpose solution is appropriate for most lenses. Follow the directions for your system. Cleaning is necessary to remove mucus, secretions, protein and deposits from the lenses. Disinfection is essential to kill bacteria. So called “no rub” solutions depend on a vigorous rinsing of the lenses with the solution. This is less effective than rubbing the lens. We recommend manually rubbing the lenses even with “no rub” cleaners. Saline does not clean lenses nor does it kill bacteria. Saline is not appropriate as a storage solution. The use of saline is optional and is appropriate only as a rinse before reinserting a clean lens in the eye.
- Different lens cleaning solutions and drops are not necessarily compatible. Not all lens cleaning solutions are appropriate for all types of contact lenses. Hydrogen peroxide containing solutions can remove the dyes from colored contact lenses. Solutions for rigid lens are not appropriate for soft lenses and vice versa. Always use fresh, unexpired solutions and follow the enclosed directions. Do not switch brands of cleaning solution. The various chemicals in the different brands will coat the lenses and may react in such a way as to cause damage to your eyes.
- Upon removal of the lenses from the storage case, it should be rinsed thoroughly with cleaning solution and allowed to air dry. Do not rinse the case with tap water. Always use fresh solution when putting the lenses back into the storage case. Lens cases should be replaced every 2 to 3 months, or sooner if they become dirty.
- If the lens sticks on your eye, place several lubricating drops in the eye to allow it to move. Then remove the lens from your eye. If the lens will not move freely after lubrication, call the office.
- Wearing contact lenses in the shower or in a swimming pool increases the likelihood of loss of the lenses. Goggles may help to prevent lens loss if they are watertight. Contact lenses should not be worn in tanning beds.
- Follow your wearing and replacement schedule. Overwear can lead to discomfort and increases the risk of serious infection.
- You must be seen by your eye doctor at least yearly to verify your contact lens prescription, the fit of the lenses and the health of your eyes. Contact lens prescriptions expire one year from the completion of your fitting. At your request, we will send you a reminder by mail so that you can schedule your examination at the appropriate time.