The use of soft contact lenses is widespread among the population that seeks to compensate moderate refractive errors, such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism. They are the easiest lenses to use and maintain: they are easy to insert and remove, and rarely cause discomfort. The durability of soft contact lenses (daily, biweekly, monthly and even yearly) depends on the requirements of each patient.
As Mireia Campos, an IMO optometrist, explains, “for those who wear contact lenses for only two or three days a week, daily lenses are preferable; while, in the case of repeated use, the monthly ones tend to be prescribed. If the optical power is high, annual lenses can be a good option for greater visual comfort.”
What precautions should be taken with the eyes when using such lenses?
If you use soft contact lenses, your corneas also need a respite. For this, it is important to follow these recommendations:
- Do not insert your contact lenses as soon as you wake up: wait for at least 20 minutes. The same applies when removing them: do not do so just before going to sleep, take them out at least 20 minutes before.
- Never sleep with your contact lenses in. If you do so by mistake, moisten the lenses with artificial tears before removing them. Never directly take the lenses out, because you run the risk of causing damage to the cornea.
- It is very important for contact lenses to always remain moist. To do so, you should always use the artificial tears prescribed by your specialist in your lens holder, especially indoors, if you have the heating or air conditioning on.
- The all-in-one solution, in addition to cleaning and disinfecting the contact lenses, refills them with a moisturising agent, making their use much more comfortable. We recommend that you always carry your lens case with you with clean all-in-one solution so that you can rinse and store the lenses safely for whenever you need them.
How should soft lenses be inserted?
- Wash your hands thoroughly with water and neutral soap and dry them with a paper towel or a towel that does not shed fluff.
- Rinse the lens with some drops of all-in-one solution.
- Place the lens on the tip of your index finger. With the middle finger of the same hand, hold the lower eyelid and, with the index finger of the other hand, hold the upper eyelid.
- Look up slightly and place the lens on the lower white part of the eye with the help of a mirror. Look down and release the upper eyelid. Move the eye sideways and release the lower eyelid. The lens will now be positioned and centred.
How should they be removed?
- Wash your hands thoroughly with neutral soap and dry them with a paper towel or a towel that does not shed fluff.
- With the middle finger of the hand you write with, separate the lower eyelid from your eye and, with your index finger, move the lens towards the white part of the eye; pinch it carefully and remove it. Place the lens in its case and follow the instructions shown in the section “How should soft lenses be stored?”.
- If the lens sticks to your eye, apply one or two drops of artificial tears, blink a couple of times and try again.
How should soft lenses be stored?
- Wash your hands thoroughly for 10 seconds with neutral soap and dry them with a paper towel or a towel that does not shed fluff.
- Remove the lens and place it in its side of the case: L/R (left/right). Cover completely with all-in-one solution, which you should change daily.
- For proper disinfection, the lenses should remain in the case for at least 6 hours.
- Before reinserting the lenses, rinse with all-in-one solution. Discard the liquid from the case and leave it empty and well sealed to prevent any possible contamination.
- Each bottle of all-in-one solution comes with a new case; discard the old one.
- Never use expired products to clean or store the lenses.
- Make sure that the lenses do not come into contact with water or saliva, as both elements can cover them with germs and cause eye infections.
Tips for using soft contact lenses
Here are some precautions that you should keep in mind if you are a user of this type of lens:
- If you do water sports, it is preferable to use daily contact lenses, which you should discard when you leave the water.
- Do not use tap water to rinse your lenses.
- Insert the contact lenses before applying make-up and try to avoid using too much on the eyelids and lashes.
- Never insert a broken or cracked lens.
- If your contact lenses cause you any discomfort, please contact us!