Proper Care of Vision Aids
Your new eyeglasses and contact lenses are made from advanced materials and coatings to dramatically enhance your vision and comfort. These visual aids are constructed of advanced polymers, quality metals, and protective films to optimize your vision and life with style and comfort. Please take a few minutes to learn how to properly care for your investment to get the most from your eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Eyeglass Care & Maintenance Tips
- Cleaning – Always wash your glasses with mild soap and warm water. Dry with a soft cloth. Prior to washing, run your glasses under lukewarm water to remove dirt. This prevents dust and tiny debris from scratching the surface of your lenses. Never use the hem of your shirt, paper towels, napkins, or tissues to wipe your lenses. The special microfiber cloth supplied with your lenses may be used to gently blot water from, and dry, your lenses when a sink is unavailable. Your glasses should be washed daily.
- Handling – When handling your glasses to clean them, hold the glasses firmly by the bridge to avoid distorting the frame.
- Removing – When removing your glasses, use both hands to grasp the arms and remove back and upward from your ears and then pull forward to remove.
- Storage – Always store your eyeglasses in their protective case when you are not wearing them. If you must sit them down briefly, it is important to carefully lay them upside-down on a soft cloth. Never sit them on the lenses. If you find that your glasses case is too bulky, thinner models are available, as well as soft microfiber pouches for use on your nightstand and other protected areas. Never store your eyeglasses in your vehicle.
- Maintenance – Your eyeglasses should be examined and adjusted (as necessary) every three to six months by your Wise Eyes Optical optician to ensure their continued integrity.
Learn more about how you can maximize the life of your eyewear with tips from Consumer Reports here.
Contact Lens Care & Maintenance
- Wash Your Hands – Before handling your contact lenses, you must thoroughly wash and rinse your hands with a mild soap.
- Dry Your Hands – Dry your hands with a clean, lint-free cloth
- Hairspray Warning – If you use hairspray or aerially-dispersed body care products, these should be applied prior to cleaning your hands and handling your contact lenses
- Makeup Usage – If you wear makeup, apply these materials after you have inserted your contact lenses.
- Bathing & Swimming – You should minimize contact with water and the harsh chemicals found in treated water. Remove your contacts prior to bathing, showering, swimming, or entering hot tubs.
- Cleaning – Never use water or saliva to clean your contact lenses. Use the sterile disinfectant recommended by your optician to rinse, gently rub, rinse again, and store your lenses after each usage. This is true even if you are using a “no-rub” disinfectant. Saline and rewetting drops are not disinfectants. You may use these to rinse your lenses after they have been properly disinfected following each use.
- Case Care – After inserting your lenses, empty the case, rinse with fresh disinfecting solution, and allow he case to air dry.
- Lens Replacement – Always follow the wear and replacement schedule prescribed by your Wise Eyes Optical eye professional.
- Case Replacement – Replace your contact lens case regularly – at least every three months, or more often if dirty, cracked, or otherwise damaged.
- Questions – Always follow the recommendations provided by your eye care professional, as well as the manufacturers of the disinfectants, solutions, and other contact lens care products you may use. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your nearest Wise Eyes Optical center right away.
Contact Lens Solution – Tips to Help Avoid Infection
- Always use fresh solution.
- Never “top-off” old solution with new solution.
- Do not transfer solution into any other containers.
- Never allow the tip of the solution to touch any surface.
- Keep the bottle tightly sealed when not in use.
*Eye infections can lead to serious vision loss or blindness. If you experience pain, discomfort, tearing, blurry vision, sensitivity to light, swelling, discharge, or any other symptom of concern, remove your contact lenses immediately and consult your optometrist. Smokers are advised to avoid the use of contact lenses. Always keep all appointments with your eye doctor.