TO FIND A DROPPED LENS
- Stay on the spot, shake clothing, step back. Search not only the ground, but nearby objects, such as furniture. Lenses can stick anywhere.
- Shine a torch to locate a hard lens. It will reflect in the beam.
- Vacuum the area after pulling a stocking or tights over the cleaner's end so that the lens is sucked into it.
IF A LENS SLIPS AND LODGES UNDER THE EYELID
- Don't panic. The lens cannot slide to the back of your eye.
- To re-centre, stare into a mirror while turning your head away so as to bring the lens into view.
- Use your eyelid to push the lens very gently back into place.
- If you fail, leave the lens overnight, if necessary, until you can consult your practitioner.
ALWAYS USE THE DISINFECTING AND STORAGE SOLUTIONS
- Use the disinfecting and storage solutions recommended for your lenses. Yo will invite serious infection if you keep them in water - tap water or purified water.
- Use purified and not tap water, to dissolve soft lens cleaners that some in a tablet form.
DO NOT WEAR LENSES WHILST SWIMMING
- Apart from the risk of the lens being washed away, the chlorine in swimming pools, and the salt in the sea, will contaminate them.
- Do not wear lenses to the hairdressers - sitting under the drier can dry them out or they may become contaminated by the hairspray.
- Avoid eye make-up that might get under the lenses - such as a powder shadow, kohl liner or fibrous mascara.
- Remove lenses before applying eye drops or ointments.
INSURE YOUR LENSES AGAINST LOSS
- Ask your contact lens practitioner about replacement schemes.
- To keep spectacles as a stand-by, wear them a little each day.