Care and Handling
In-Office Handling of your Newly Manufactured GP Lenses
It is recommended that GP lenses soak in conditioning solution for a minimum of 4 hours before they are verified or handled in the office. This will allow the lens to hydrate completely and will prevent oils and debris from attaching to the surface during the verification process. It is also important to insure all office personnel handling contact lenses are avoiding lotions, soaps, and antibacterial sanitizers that contain moisturizers and emollients while in the office.
Care and Handling Video
Learning how to apply and remove custom contact lenses is an important step that ensures long term wearing success. We encourage you to share the “Care and Handling of Your GP Lenses” video with your patients. The video may be seen in its entirety or you may reference individual sections as needed in your patient compliance training efforts.
Learn how to properly:
- Insert a GP lens into your eye.
- Care and handle a GP lens.
- Re-center a GP lens when it becomes displaced on the eye.
- Remove a GP lens from your eye.
- Take the steps needed for GP contact lens success.
Support your training with the matching GP Care and Handling Brochure.
Custom Contact Lens Wear Do’s and Don’ts
For successful long term contact lens wear, follow these important tips from the FDA:
- 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.
- 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.
- Clean, rinse, and air dry your lens case each time lenses are removed. You may want to flip over your lens case while air drying so that excess solution can drain out of the case. Contact lens cases can be a source of bacterial growth.
- Replace your contact lens storage case every 3-6 months.
- Don’t use contact lens solutions that have gone beyond the expiration or discard date.
- Don’t “top-off” the solutions in your case. Always discard all of the leftover contact lens solution after each use. Never reuse any lens solution.
- Don’t 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.
- Don’t put your lenses in your mouth to wet them. Saliva is not a sterile solution.
- Don’t transfer contact lens solutions into smaller travel size containers. This can affect 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 that is not intended for the eyes.
For additional information on contact lens solution care, visit FDA Guidance.
View FDA contact lens safety video here.