Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses

Contact lenses provide a glasses-free way to correct vision. Contacts can be particularly beneficial for individuals with a high refractive error, where the lenses in their glasses may be thick and sometimes heavy. They also provide clear peripheral vision, where as glasses sometimes restrict your field of vision. This type of lens is beneficial when playing sports, working out, or other outdoor activities. Some soft contact lenses can correct astigmatism and near vision for presbyopia, including multifocal contact lenses.

While contact lenses have many benefits, there are important safety steps and proper hygiene habits to promote many years of successful wear. Be sure to follow your doctors recommendation on when to replace the lenses.


​​​​​​​Soft Lenses

Steps for insertion of soft contact lenses:

  • Wash hands thoroughly before inserting contact lenses.

  • Dry hands with a lint-free towel.

  • Start with the contact lens for the right eye.

  • Examine the lens for any tears or defects. Make sure the contact lens is not inside out.

  • Raise the upper lid by grabbing the eyelid at the base of the lashes. Pull down the bottom eyelid.

  • Insert contact lens. After you feel the lens is on your eye look up, down, left, and right to help center the contact lens before blinking to avoid blinking the lens of the eye.

  • Repeat steps 4-6 for the left eye.

  • Rinse the contact lens case with solution and store it upside down on a paper towel to dry.

Remove lenses

Steps for removal of soft contact lenses:

  • Wash hands thoroughly before removing contact lenses.

  • Raise the upper lid by grabbing the eyelid at the base of the lashes. Pull down the bottom eyelid.

  • With your index finger slide the lens to the white part of the eye, then pinch the contact lens with your thumb and index finger.

  • Gently rub the contact lens with solution to remove deposits, then rinse the lens.

  • Fill a clean contact lens case with a fresh solution and store the contacts overnight on the appropriate right and left buttons.

Tips:

  • If working over a sink it is recommended to close the drain before picking up the contact lens.

  • To avoid confusion, start with the right contact lens in the right eye every time. This will help prevent placing the wrong contact lens in the eye.

  • Put contact lenses in before applying make-up to avoid getting make-up on your lenses or in your eyes.

Gas Lenses

Gas Permeable Lenses

Gas permeable lenses are hard contact lenses that correct refractive disorders like nearsightedness and farsightedness. These lenses can also be designed to correct astigmatism and presbyopia.

Gas Lenses

Specialty Lens Fits


Scleral contact lenses are large-diameter, gas permeable lenses that are designed to vault the cornea and rest on the white part of the eye, the sclera. This design provides a perfectly smooth optical surface allowing for clearer vision. This is beneficial for individuals with an irregular corneal shape, often due to diseases such as keratoconus or after corneal transplants. Scleral lenses can also be used as a management tool in severe cases of dry eye because the lens keeps the cornea bathed in saline throughout the day.

Click here to learn more about Bausch and Lomb's recycling program, “One by One” and how you can do your part to reduce your impact on the environment. Blister packs and contact lenses from any brand of contacts can be recycled. Cardboard boxes can continue to be recycled locally.

Disclaimer: The information and reference materials provided are intended solely for general educational purposes and discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is intended for prescription contact lenses only.

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