Following a Wearing Schedule
Different lenses are made for different vision needs, lifestyles and wearing schedules. While some lenses can potentially be worn for a month of continuous wear, others are meant to be taken out daily. To help protect your eyes from serious complications, it is important that you follow the wearing schedule that your eye care professional recommends. Please consult your eye care professional if you have any questions about the proper wearing schedule for your lenses.
Inserting and Removing Your Lenses
It is important that you wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly each time you handle your lenses. Do not insert a lens onto your eye if it is red, irritated or painful. In these instances, you should contact your eye care professional immediately before continuing contact lens use.
Lens Replacement Schedule
Different lenses are made out of different materials. Because each material performs differently, manufacturers recommend a replacement schedule for each type of lens to allow for optimal performance of the lens. Most lenses worn today are intended to be replaced on a frequent basis. Typical replacement frequencies include one day, 1 to 2 weeks and one month. Speak to your eye care professional who will recommend a replacement schedule based on the lenses you are wearing and your individual needs.
Caring for Your Lenses
Depending on the type of lens you are wearing, there are many different options for cleaning and disinfecting your lenses. Some lenses, such as daily disposable lenses, require little to no lens care – they are simply thrown away after each use. However, if you wear lenses that your eye care professional has recommended that you take out and re–insert onto your eye, they should be cleaned and disinfected after each use. Proper care of your lenses can help your lenses stay clean and comfortable for you to wear. Consult your eye care professional to determine what lens care solutions are best for you. Note: Our office does hard to fit and custom contact lens fits for most prescriptions. Dr. Stemmle’s specialty is RGP (rigid gas permeable) lens fits including patients with Kerataconus.