HEALTH AND LENS CARE
IS IT OKAY TO PLAY SPORTS WHILE WEARING CONTACT LENSES?
Every sport is different. Talk to your eye care professional to select the best type of contact lenses based on your particular sport or activity. Contact lenses are not a substitute for eye protection. It is recommended to wear appropriate goggles, masks, etc. when participating in sports.
ARE THERE TIMES WHEN YOU SHOULD NOT WEAR CONTACT LENSES?
Your eye care professional can tell you about situations or environmental conditions that may be inappropriate for contact lens wear. Contact lenses should not be worn under certain general health and eye conditions. Only your eye care professional can determine if continued contact lens wear is right for you.
WHO SHOULD NOT WEAR CONTACT LENSES?
You should not wear contact lenses if you:
- Have an eye infection or inflammation (redness and swelling)
- Have an eye disease, eye injury or dryness that interferes with contact lens wear
- Have a systemic disease that may be affected by or impact contact lens wear
- Have certain types of allergic conditions
- Are using certain medications, such as some eye medications
IS IT SAFE TO SHARE CONTACT LENSES WITH OTHERS?
No. Don’t share your contact lenses with anyone! Contact lenses, even if worn for cosmetic reasons, are medical devices that must only be worn under the prescription, direction and supervision of an eye care professional. Serious eye health problems may occur as a result of sharing contact lenses.
CAN I WEAR MAKEUP WITH MY CONTACT LENSES?
Yes, but try to avoid getting makeup on your contact lenses. Always insert your contact lenses before applying eye makeup and remove contact lenses before taking off eye makeup. If you have sensitive eyes, special makeup for use with contact lenses is available.
HOW TO CARE FOR THEM.
LENS-HALO@ When not changing into a fresh pair, remove your contact lenses daily to properly clean, disinfect, and store them.
There are a variety of solutions that can be used for the various types of contact lenses. But these solutions can also cause serious problems if not used correctly. Incorrect care of contact lens solutions can increase your risk of eye infections and corneal ulcers. These conditions can develop very quickly and can be very serious. In rare cases, these conditions can cause blindness.
To reduce your risk of infections:
- Always wash your hands before handling contact lenses to reduce the chance of getting an infection.
- Remove the lenses immediately and consult your eye care professional if your eyes become red, irritated, or your vision changes.
- Always follow the directions of your eye care professional and all labeling instruction for proper use of contact lenses and lens care products.
- Use contact lens products and solutions recommended by your eye care professional.
- Do not use contact lens solutions that have gone beyond the expiration or discard date.
- Only use sterile saline solutions for rinsing. Do not use them for cleaning and disinfecting your lenses.
- Rub and rinse your contact lenses as directed by your eye care professional.
- Clean and disinfect your lenses properly following all labeling instructions provided with your lens care products
- Do not “top-off” the solutions in your case. Always discard all of the left over contact lens solution after each use. Never reuse any lens solution.
- Do not expose your contact lenses to any water: tap, bottled, distilled, lake or ocean water. Never use non-sterile water (distilled water, tap water or any homemade saline solution). Exposure of contact lenses to water has been associated with Acanthamoeba keratitis, a corneal infection that is resistant to treatment and cure.
- Do not put your lenses in your mouth to wet them. Saliva is not a sterile solution.
- Using clean fingers, rub clean and rinse with fresh multi-purpose solution and air-dry your lens case each time lenses are removed. You should flip your lens case over and shake out any excess solution, then dry with a fresh, clean cloth or air dry. Contact lens cases can be a source of bacterial growth.
- Replace your contact lens storage case every 3 months or as directed by your eye care professional.
- Do not transfer contact lens solutions into smaller travel size containers. This can effect the sterility of the solution which can lead to an eye infection. Transferring solutions into smaller size containers may also leave consumers open to accidentally using a solution not intended for the eyes.
- Sleep in daily wear lenses because it may increase your chance of infection or irritation.
- Swap contact lens with another person. Swapping provides a way to transfer germs between people. Contact lenses are individually fitted. Incorrectly fitted lenses may cause permanent eye injury, infection and may potentially lead to blindness.
- Swim while wearing contact lenses. There is a risk of eye infection from bacteria in swimming pool water, hot tubs, lakes and the ocean