How To Insert And Remove Soft Contact Lenses

Inserting & Removing Contact Lenses

We have created a step-by-step guide for both inserting and removing soft contact lenses. If you would prefer to watch a video demonstration, you can follow along with these videos:

How to Insert Contact Lenses

  1. Always wash your hands thoroughly with lotion-free soap. Make sure to rinse well to remove all access soap from hands. Dry your hands with a lint-free towel.

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  1. Always insert your contact lenses over a clean paper towel. If you mistakenly drop a lens, you’ll be able to find it easier. (Place the paper towel over the counter and lean forward so that you’re working over it)
  2. Always start with the right lens first to avoid mix-ups.
  3. Place the lens on the tip of your index finger of your dominant hand.

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  • Inspect the lens for any damage or tear.
  • Check that the lens is not inside out.
  • To do this, hold your finger with the lens on it against a light source. See if the lens looks like a bowl shape, that’s the correct side. However, if the edges flare out, the lens is inside out. To correct this just reverse the lens.
  1. Carefully, with the middle finger of your placement hand pull down and hold your lower eyelid.

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  1. Gently, using either finger of your other hand, pull up and hold your upper eyelid.
  2. Look straight ahead, preferably in a mirror. Place the lens on the coloured portion of your eye.
  3. Move your figure out, look down, let go of your lower eyelid first then the upper eyelid
  4. Close your eyes for a moment to allow the lens to settle.
  5. Repeat the steps to insert the lens into your other eye.
  6. Dump the current solution out of the contact lens case. Rinse the case well with a multipurpose solution and let it air dry for the next use.

How To Remove Contact Lenses

  1. Always wash your hands thoroughly with lotion-free soap. Make sure to rinse well to remove all access soap from hands. Dry your hands with a lint-free towel.
  2. Always remove your contact lenses over a clean paper towel. If you mistakenly drop a lens, you’ll be able to find it easier. (Place the paper towel over the counter and lean forward so that you’re working over it)
  3. Always start with the right lens first to avoid mix-ups.
  4. If your eyes feel dry, it’s recommended to use a few rewetting drops to lubricate your eyes before removing the lens.
  5. Carefully, with the middle figure of your dominant hand pull down and hold your lower eyelid.
  6. Gently, using either finger of your other hand, pull up and hold your upper eyelid.
  7. Look straight ahead, preferably in a mirror. Place your index finger of the dominant hand on the side of the lens, drag towards your ears and at the same time look away towards your nose. Gently squeeze the lens between your thumb and index finger and remove it.

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  1. To clean the lens, place the lens on the palm of your other hand, place the multipurpose solution and scrub digitally in all directions for 1 minute.
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  1. Place the lens in the perspective case and place the multipurpose solution to the indicated line.

place contact lens in the case

  1. Repeat the same procedures to take out the other lens.
  2. Depending on the multipurpose solution, allow the contact lenses to clean and disinfect properly for 6 to 8 hours.
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Why Donate Your Old Eyeglasses

By donating your old eyeglasses, you can easily change lives. There are people all over the world with poor sight and lack of access to eyewear/eye care. Donating old eyewear that are in no use can make someone’s life much better, by regaining their sight back.

HOW DONATING EYEGLASSES WORKS

When you donate your old eyeglasses, the organization will first assess them to determine if they are usable. That’s why its important to donate only good condition eyewear and not the broken eyeglasses. Then they are sorted into various types, washed and sanitized. Next step the prescriptions are identified and the eyewear is sorted into prescription types. At this stage, eyewear is bagged and boxed to be shipped to all over the world. Your eyeglasses then get matched to someone who needs them.

The majority of the donated eyeglasses get used in medical missions. Organized trips of qualified medical professionals that provide free vision care and dispense eyeglasses in areas of the world with limited access to eye care.

Video: https://youtu.be/I6kKegL2itY

WHERE TO DONATE USED EYEGLASS

Lions Clubs International: CLERC “CANADIAN LIONS EYEGLASS RECYCLING CENTRE”

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Website URL: http://www.clerc.ca/

The Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre operates a network of collection boxes throughout the country. Find your nearest donation box and take your old glasses there for donation. Lions clubs accept adult and children eyewear donations.

We here at Premier Optical will except all used eyeglass donations. From our location, they will be picked up by the Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre.

Goodwill

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Website URL: https://goodwillindustries.ca/

Only selective Goodwill locations accept used eyewear donations. Check with your neighbourhood Goodwill location, https://goodwillindustries.ca/locate-a-goodwill-store/ to see if they are able to offer the service.

OneSight

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Website URL: https://onesight.org/faqs/#faq-donating-eyewear

OneSight does not accept used eyewear donations. They accept only funds and use it to dispense new eyewear for people in need.

How To Clean Eyeglasses

It is necessary to clean your eyeglasses daily to keep them in good shape and last longer. As an eyeglass wearer, you’re most likely to know how annoying it is to have grease and smudges stock on to your lenses. Not only would you not be able to see clearly due to blur, you could also develop eyestrain and headaches.

Eyeglasses need to be cleaned lightly every day on a regular basis. It’s also important to clean them thoroughly every week or so, depending on your work environment and hygiene. The most contaminated areas of the eyeglasses are the nose pads, the bridge and the temple tips, hence complete thorough cleaning is immensely necessary.

Eyeglasses that are not regularly cleaned may cause bacteria to grow on them. Growing germs, especially on the nose and eyelids, poses a risk of infection. It’s proven that some dangerous bacteria can grow on filthy eyewear causing serious infections.

So, How do you clean your glasses?

Supplies You’ll Need To Clean Your Glasses

Eyeglass Cleaner:

Also called Anti-reflection cleaner or short AR cleaner. Make sure the eyeglass cleaner you use is labelled safe for anti-reflection coating. Eyeglass cleaners are readily available in almost all optical stores and pharmacies. Don’t clean your lenses when they’re dry. You will scratch the lenses in no time.

Microfiber Cloth:

Microfiber cloth is the safest and the most efficient cloth to clean your lenses without the worry of scratching your lenses. Microfiber cleaning cloth need to be washed frequently. They are going to get dirty and smudge up your lenses. Wash them with dish soap and make sure you rinse them thoroughly with enough water. If your cloth is laundry safe, you can machine wash it.

Disposable eyeglass wet wipes:

Only use wipes that are labelled safe for anti-reflection coating. Wet wipes have a shelf life, make sure you don’t buy an already dyed out box.

How To Clean Eyeglasses Daily (and Lightly)

Make your eyeglass cleaning a daily routine when you start your day. Make sure you repeat it as needed over the course of the day. For daily cleaning, you only need a microfiber cloth and an eyeglass cleaner or a disposable eyeglass wet wipe.

Instructions:

1. Spray your eyewear lenses with eyeglass cleaner on both sides. If your eyeglasses are dusty, make sure to use lots of cleaning solution to flush away the debris, making sure the lenses are not getting scratched. Avoid cleaning your lenses when they’re dry. You’re going to scratch your lenses very quickly.

2. After spraying, wipe off the AR cleaner with a microfiber cloth. Fold the cloth on both sides of each lens and make gentle circular movements using your fingertips, as shown. After the lenses have been cleaned, use the same microfiber cloth to clean the rest of the frame, including the nose pads, the bridge and the earpieces. Do not use paper towels, tissues or any paper products on your lenses to avoid scratching your lenses. Don’t use your T-shirt because you might scratch your lenses.

Using disposable eyeglass wet wipes

When using wet wipes, make sure you give your glasses a gentle blow to clear any dust from your lenses to make sure you don’t scratch your lenses.

Open a wet wipe, fold the cloth over both sides of each lens, and make gentle circular motions using your fingertips. Wet cloths tend to dry easily when used. Make sure you don’t keep wiping your lenses when they’re dry. This may scratch your lenses. After cleaning both lenses make sure to clean the rest of the frame using the same wet wipe.

How to Clean Your Glasses Weekly (Thoroughly)

Work environment and hygiene play an important role in how often you need to clean your eyewear thoroughly. Some work conditions require more frequent cleaning than others.

Instructions to clean your glasses weekly:

1. Wash your hands before cleaning your eyewear so that you don’t transfer germs from your hands to your eyeglasses.

2. Run your eyeglasses under warm tap water to get rid of any dust and hard particles that might scratch your lenses. Make sure you rotate your glasses to clean both sides, the frame and earpieces. The use of hot water is not good for your eyeglasses for it can harm the lenses, the coatings and also the frame.

3. Put a small drop of lotion-free dishwasher detergent on both lenses. Rub your fingertips over both sides of the lenses to latter the soap and continue your work to clean the frame, the nose pads, and the earpieces. Use cotton swab for frames that are hard to reach under the nose pads with your fingertips.

4. Rinse your glasses thoroughly under warm tap water to wash away any soap residue. Be aware, any remaining soap residue will cause smudges on your lenses.

5. Shake off excess water from your eyeglasses by giving your glasses a carful shake.

6. Dry your eyeglasses using a clean microfiber cloth. Fold the cloth over both sides of each lens, and make gentle circular motions using your fingertips to dry and clean your lenses. Continue to dry the frame, the nose pads and the earpieces.

7. If needed repeat the steps again to make sure that your eyeglasses are clean and disinfected.

How to Safely Store Eyeglasses After Washing

Always store your eyeglasses in its case when you aren’t using them. Your eyeglasses should either be on the face or in the case. Try not to throw your eyewear in your purse, bag or glove-compartment.

When you need to set your eyeglasses down on a hard surface, avoid scratching the lenses. Make sure to place your eyeglasses face up when they’re folded and upside down when they’re unfolded.

Maintaining Good Habits

  • Do not use products that contain acetone, on your eyeglasses
  • Do not spray alcohol directly to your eyeglasses
  • Do not use hair spray while wearing your eyewear. Make sure you take eyeglasses off and place them away where you are hair spraying. Preferably store them in a different room.