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Loughborough Optometrist Creates 'Safe Contact Lens Wear' Checklist
Award-winning Loughborough Optometrist Mohammed Bhojani of Visual Answers Opticians Quorn and Barrow Upon Soar has authored a simple '1 Page Contact Lens Checklist' to improve to ensure long term healthy eyes and comfortable contact lenses.
1) Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and dry them using a lint-free towel before handling your contact lenses.
2) Never use tap water, or any other water, on your contact lenses or lens case.
3) Rub, rinse and soak reusable contact lenses with the recommended contact lens solution before and after use.
4) Always recap your contact lens solution bottle after use. Empty the lens case completely each day – never ‘top up’ your contact lens solution.
5) Rinse the lens case with solution, wipe clean with a tissue then air-dry uncapped and face down on a tissue after each use.
6) Replace your contact lens case with a new one every month.
7) Discard daily disposable lenses after each use.
8) Leave your lenses off if your eyes don’t feel good, look good and see well, and consult your optometrist without delay.
9) Never sleep with your contact lenses in unless specifically advised by your optometrist.
10) Never over-wear your contact lenses. If your eyes become sore, gritty and dry, speak to your optometrist who may change your specification or suggest some eye drops or other treaments to relive these symptoms.
11) Avoid wearing your contact lenses for swimming - unless you’re using goggles (or wearing single-use contact lenses and discarding them immediately after swimming).
12) Remember, your contact lenses and contact lens solutions have been chosen specifically for you and your eyes – don’t change your lens type, the way you wear them, or use any other solution without your optometrist’
13) Avoid wearing your contact lenses if you are feeling run -own or suffering from a chest infection. This reduces the chances of getting an infection in your eyes
14) Your contact lenses are a Class A medical devise that is placed on one of the most sensitive and precious organs in your body. It's therefore essential that you have regular contact lens reviews as advised by your optometrist and a full eye examination once every 12 months.
If you’re unsure about any of these steps above please ask us at Visual Answers Optometrists www.VisualAnswers.co.uk or find out more at the British Contact Lens Association. www.bcla.org.uk
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Page Updated Last on: Aug 15, 2014