|Congratulations, your eye care practitioner
has fitted you with RGP contact lenses for crisp clear vision.
This RGP contact lens is manufactured from
silicone-acrylate or fluorosulfone silicone-acrylate material. It is essential
that you strictly follow the recommended handling, cleaning and storage
procedures. Failure to do so may eventually impair the performance of the
lenses and could possibly damage your eyes.
This RGP contact lens material is intended
for daily wear. Your eye care practitioner can prescribe lenses complete
with or without an ultraviolet light (UV) absorber.
Handling Your Lenses
Cleanliness is the first and most important
aspect of proper contact lens care. ALWAYS wash your hands thoroughly with
a mild soap and dry them with a lint-free towel before handling your lenses.
Do not use soaps containing cold cream, lotion or deodorants. When handling
the lenses use your finger tips, not your finger nails. A fingernail can
injure your eye and/or damage the lens. Get into the habit of using proper
hygienic procedures daily so that they become automatic. To avoid mix-up
of lenses, always start with the right lens. Examine the lens to be sure
that it is clean, uniformly wet and free of deposits before inserting.
Inserting Your Lenses
After thoroughly washing and rinsing your
hands, follow these steps to insert the lens(es):
Remove the lens from its storage compartment.
Rinse the lens with fresh conditioning
solution, if desired.
Inspect the lens to be sure that it is
clean, uniformly wet and free of debris.
Place several drops of conditioning solution
over the lens surfaces.
Place the lens on the top of the index
finger of your dominant hand. Place the middle finger of the same hand
close to the lower lash and hold down the lower lid.
Use the forefinger or middle finger of
your other hand to lift the upper lid and then place the lens on the eye.
It is not necessary to press the lens against the eye. Gently release the
lids and blink. The lens will center automatically. Always verify its proper
position by checking your vision immediately after insertion. Use
the same technique or reverse the hand when inserting the other lens.
If your vision is blurred (3-4 blinks)
after insertion, it is possible that the lens is off-center.
The lens may be inserted in the wrong
The lens surface may have particulate
matter on it.
Remove the lens and condition it by placing
several drops of conditioning solution on both surfaces and reinsert -
OR - instill one to three drops of a conditioning solution into the eye
while the lens is on the eye as recommended by your eye care practitioner.
For in-eye rewetting use a rewetting solution as recommended by your eye
Removing Your Lenses
Before removing your lenses it is recommended
that you have the following items available:
1 The lens storage case.
3 Conditioning Solution.
4 A clean towel.
There are two suggested methods of lens
removal. Make sure that you are comfortable with one of these methods before
you take your lenses home. Your eye care practitioner may also recommend
alternative methods in certain situations.
Two Finger Method:
1 Place your hand or a towel
under your eye to catch your lens.
2 Place the tip of the forefinger
of one hand on the middle of the
upper lid margin and
the forefinger of the other hand on the
middle of the lower
3 Press the lid margin inward
and then together. The lens should
be wedged out of your
eye onto your hand or towel.
4 The lens may come out but
remain on your eyelid or hand, or
decentered into the
white part of your eye. If the latter occurs,
recenter the lens onto
your cornea before repeating the removal
Seat yourself at a table covered with
a clean towel and lean over until you are looking down at the surface.
1 Place your index finger at the
outer junction of your upper and lower
lids, stretch the skin outward
and slightly upward. (Do not allow your
lid to slide over the lens).
2 Blink briskly. The lens will
be pinched by the pressure of your eyelids and the lens
will pop out onto the clean
surface of the towel or you may catch the lens in the
palm of your hand. In rare
instances, or due to improper performance of insertion
or removal techniques, a
lens may be displaced onto the white part of the eye
during wear. Don't be alarmed.
Follow one of these procedures:
Close your eyelids and gently massage
the lens into place through the closed lids -
OR - Gently push the off-centered
lens onto the cornea while the eye is opened
using finger pressure on the upper
or lower lid next to the edge of the lens.
Cleaning and Conditioning Lenses
Your lenses must be cleaned after removal
from the eye to remove any debris or eye secretions which have accumulated
during wear. Mucus and oil or tear component build upon lenses can cause
irritation and discomfort and reduce clarity. Cleaning is necessary for
lens comfort and to prevent the growth of harmful germs. You must clean
the lens(es) prior to storage and conditioning.
To Clean Lenses
Gently rub the lens carefully with 2 or
3 drops of cleaner in the palm of your hand for 15 to 20 seconds so that
both surfaces are clean. Remove all traces of cleaner by thoroughly rinsing
with conditioning solution. Place the lenses in your storage case and cover
each lens with a fresh supply of conditioning solution and soak in the
unopened case for at least 4 hours (or overnight).
Enzyme Cleaning - Once a week your lenses
should be cleaned with an enzymatic cleaner. Your eye care practitioner
will recommend the best enzymatic cleaner for your needs.
1 Wash hands with mild soap.
2 Clean the lenses, RINSE THOROUGHLY
WITH CONDITIONING SOLUTION,
place in the lens storage
case and cover each lens with conditioning solution.
The lens must be stored in
the unopened case for at least 4 hours.
3 After removing the lens
from soaking in the lens storage case, rinse briefly in a
if desired and insert.
4 If a lens is removed from the
eye temporarily and is to be immediately reinserted,
rub several drops of conditioning
solution on both surfaces of the lens prior to reinsertion.
5 If minor irritation, discomfort
or blurring occur while wearing your lens(es), instill 1
to 3 drops of a conditioning
solution into each eye while the lenses are on the eye,
as recommended by your eye
6 Always use fresh conditioning
Note: The cleaner will
irritate your eyes unless it is thoroughly rinsed from your lenses. Use
cleaner only before storage.
NEVER USE IT JUST BEFORE YOU INSERT
IF THE CLEANER IS ACCIDENTALLY INSTILLED
INTO THE EYE, REMOVE
YOUR LENSES (if being worn) AND
IMMEDIATELY RINSE YOUR EYES
WITH COOL FRESH TAP WATER UNTIL
ALL THE CLEANER IS THOROUGHLY
REMOVED FROM THE EYE.
1 Before handling the lenses, wash
your hands with a mild soap, rinse thoroughly
and dry hands with a lint-free
towel. Avoid the use of hand creams, medicated or
deodorant soaps prior to
inserting or removing your lenses. Keep your finger
2 Make up should be applied after
the lenses are inserted. Do not apply cosmetics to the margin of
your lids. Hair spray is best used
before the lenses are inserted.
3 ALWAYS HANDLE YOUR LENSES GENTLY
AND AVOID DROPPING THEM
ON HARD SURFACES. Work over a flat,
If it is necessary to retrieve
your lens from a hard surface, moisten your finger with
conditioning solution and then
gently touch the lens. Do not slide the lens or attempt
to pick it up with your finger
nails or other sharp objects. Do not handle the lens by
the edges. Excessive pressure may
distort the lens.
4 To avoid mix-ups, never allow
both compartments of your storage case to be
open at the same time.
Be certain that each lens is fully covered by
Clean your storage case twice weekly with several drops of
cleaner in hot water
followed by thoroughly rinsing.
5 Always check your vision immediately
after each lens is inserted. If it remains
blurred, inspect your fingers
and lashes before searching for the lens on the
white part of your eye or
in your working area.
6 Do not insert lenses if your eyes
are red, watery, or uncomfortable.
7 If you experience sudden pain,
burning or tearing that persists after 2 or 3
blinks,remove your lens(es)
and do not reinsert until these symptoms
have disappeared. Call your
eye care practitioner if the discomfort persists.
Before inserting your lens(es),
condition the lens(es) by placing several drops of
solution over both surfaces.
8 Use solutions for conditioning
and cleaning as recommended by your eye care
practitioner. Never use saliva,
lighter fluid or detergent.
9 If the comfort and clarity of
your lens(es) becomes noticeably reduced,
the lens(es) may require
professional cleaning by your eye care practitioner.
Your eyes and lenses should
be checked at least once a year or as recommended
by your eye care practitioner.
The wearing schedule should be determined
by the eye care practitioner. Patients tend to over wear the lenses initially.
It is important to adhere to the initial wearing schedule. Regular checkups,
as determined by the eye care practitioner, are also extremely important.
DO NOT SLEEP while wearing RGP lenses.
Studies have not been completed to show
that RGP lenses are safe to wear during sleep.
NOTE: THE RGP LENS MATERIAL IS NOT INTENDED
FOR EXTENDED WEAR.
In some instances your lenses may temporarily
stick to your eye. If this happens, instill 2-3 drops of conditioning solution
as recommended by your eye care practitioner, while the lenses are on the
eye. If the lens(es) do not move freely, immediately contact your eye care
If you follow these instructions, your
lens(es) will provide good vision and wearing comfort.
It is recommended that you use the solutions
provided by or recommended by your eye care practitioner for the care of
PROBLEMS WITH CONTACT LENSES AND LENS
CARE PRODUCTS COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY TO THE EYE. It is essential
that you follow your eye care practitioner's directions and all labeling
instructions for proper use of your lens(es) and lens care products.
EYE PROBLEMS, INCLUDING CORNEAL ULCERS,
CAN DEVELOP RAPIDLY AND LEAD TO LOSS OF VISION. THEREFORE, IF YOU EXPERIENCE
EYE DISCOMFORT, EXCESSIVE TEARING, VISION CHANGES OR REDNESS OF THE EYE,
IMMEDIATELY REMOVE YOUR LENSES AND PROMPTLY CONTACT YOUR EYE CARE PRACTITIONER.
Follow the instructions below to
prevent damage to your eye(s) or lens(es):
The RGP lenses should not be worn while
sleeping, swimming or in the presence of noxious and irritating vapors
or fumes. Before you leave your eye care practitioner's office, be able
to properly remove your lenses or have someone else be able to remove your
lenses for you. Always follow the recommended lens care system for RGP
lenses. Use only the recommended lens care solutions and carefully follow
recommended directions. Always use FRESH storage solution. Do not use saliva
or anything other than the recommended solution to wet your lenses. Always
keep the lenses completely immersed in the recommended storage solution
when the lenses are not being worn. If your lens sticks (stops moving)
on the eye, follow the recommended directions for freeing the lens. The
lens must move freely on the eye for the continued health of the eye. If
non-movement of the lens continues, immediately consult your eye care practitioner.
Always wash and rinse your hands before you handle your lenses. Eye irritation
may result if cosmetics, lotions, soaps, creams or deodorants come in contact
with your lenses or if the lenses are contaminated by infectious or non-infectious
dirt. Avoid using aerosol products such as hair spray while wearing
your lenses. If sprays are used, keep your eyes closed until the spray
has settled. Never use tweezers or other pointed tools to remove your lenses
from the lens container. Gently remove the lens from its case. Do not use
your finger nails to remove or touch the lenses. Always inform your doctor
(health care practitioner) that you wear contact lenses. Always consult
your eye care practitioner before using any medicine in your eyes. Always
inform your employer that you wear contact lenses. Some jobs may require
the use of eye protection equipment or may require that you not wear contact
lenses. As with any contact lens, follow-up visits are necessary to ensure
ocular health. Check with your eye care practitioner.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONSULT YOUR PACKAGE
INSERT WHICH WAS DISPENSED WITH YOUR LENSES FROM THE MANUFACTURING LABORATORY.
CAUTION: Federal law (U.S.A.) Prohibits
dispensing without a prescription.