Hello everyone! The majority of my contact lens patients at Professional Vision wear daily disposable/ one day disposable contact lenses. These are generally the healthiest, most comfortable and convenient way to wear contact lenses. When I’m with a patient I’ll go over some easy tips with daily disposables. I’ve also included a concise video clip. Hope this helps!
1. Is it inside out? The daily disposable contact lenses are generally a thinner, more flimsy lens, but with that usually comes the unmatched comfort! If you have trouble telling whether the lens inside out, when you insert the lens…if it feels comfortable, then it should be fine. If it feels uncomfortable, and moves around, it may be inside out.
2. Leave the blister packs on the counter as you insert the lenses! – When you insert lenses, be sure to leave the blister packs on the counter, as you get ready for work/school/ect… For conventional contact lens wear, most wearers chuck the blister packs in the trash immediately after insertion of the contact lenses. With daily disposables, you will hardly ever use multipurpose solutions. If the lens feels uncomfortable after insertion, you can take the lens out and dip it in the blister pack saline, and then try to re-insert the lens.
3. Carry extra lenses! When you go to work, school, exercise/ect…take extra lenses with you. If you’re out and a lens becomes uncomfortable or irritating, simply remove the lens, chuck it, and put in a brand new one. Because the cost per lens is so little, you do not have to worry about protecting that one lens if it starts to bother you when you are out of the home.
4. After removing the lens, be sure to look at the lens to make sure its all there! I thought of this one from my own difficulties in wearing contact lenses. I can get lashes in my eyes fairly easily. Sometimes when I would remove a contact lens, I couldn’t tell if part of the lens might still be in my eye or it was my lashes. Every single contact lens I’ve ever worked with I’ve seen tear in patient’s eyes. Daily disposables are not unique to this. Simply get in the habit of taking a quick peak at the lens, when removing it, to make sure it’s all there before you dispose of it. Then you do not have to worry about whether part of the lens might be in your eye. This is a simple an easy way to maximize your experience with daily disposables.