Tips and Advices from our Optometrist:

Tips on Applying your Contact Lenses.

- Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before applying your contact lenses but avoid scented or oily soaps that might adhere to the lens surface.
- Gently shake your lens case containing the storage solution, to loosen the contact lens should it be stuck. (Don't try pulling at the lens with your finger or you might damage it)
- Slide the lens out of its case on the tip of your index or middle finger, which should be dry or mostly dry. Rinse thoroughly with the appropriate contact lens solution.
- Place the contact lens on the tip of your index or middle finger, which should be dry or mostly dry.
- With the fingers and thumb of your other hand, simultaneously pull up on your upper eyelid and down on your lower eyelid.
- Position the lens on your eye while looking upward or forward, whichever you find to be easier. You can also apply the contact lenses by placing it on the white of the eye closest to your ear.
- Gently close your eye, roll your eyes in a complete circle to help the lens settle and then blink.
- Look closely in the mirror to make sure the lens is centred on your eye. The lens should be comfortable and your vision should be clear.

Tips on Removing your Contact lenses.

- To remove soft contact lenses, look upward or sideways while you pull down on your lower eyelid. With a finger, gently manoeuvre the lens onto the white of your eye . There you can very gently, pinch the lens together with your index finger and thumb and lift it off the eye.
- Rigid contact lenses can be removed by holding out the palm of your hand, bending over and then opening your eyes wide. With one finger of your other hand, pull the skin between your upper and lower eyelid outward towards your ear with your eyes wide open. Then blink. The contact lens should pop right out and into your open palm.

Tips on Contact lenses and Eye Makeup.

- Put your contact lenses on before applying makeup. Always wash your hands thoroughly before touching your contacts, so you won't transfer any oils, creams or lotions to the lenses.
- Use only non- allergenic make up.
- Cream eye shadow is less likely to get in your eye than powder. But creams can irritate your eyes more if they do make it into your eyes. Choose water based rather than oil based creams.
- Never apply eyeliner between your lashes and your eye. Apply eyeliner only on the portion of your lashes that is well away from your eye.
- To remove your make up, wash and dry your hands. Then remove your contacts, being careful not to bump them into any makeup. Finally use your eye makeup remover.
- Don't use old eye make-up, because over time bacteria will get into the product and then into your eyes. Replace eye makeup at least every three months.

Tips about maintenance of your glasses. Handling and Cleaning.

Handling tips
- Always use both hands to put on your glasses or to take them off.
- When you hold your glasses in your hand, hold them by the bridge, not the temples.
- Keep your glasses in the special hard case provided by your optician.
- Do not place your glasses with the front on hard surfaces, to protect your lenses from getting scratched.
- Be careful with heat. Do not lay your glasses down on heat sources like ovens or central heating and do not leave them in the car when it is extremely hot outside.
- Aggressive substances can damage your lenses and frames permanently. So keep your glasses away from glue, perfume, hairspray, acetone, domestic cleaning agents and insect repellents.

Cleaning tips
- When cleaning your glasses, do not only clean the lenses, but clean the frame as well.
- First remove any hard dust particles by rinsing your glasses with lukewarm water. Then clean them with lukewarm water and a mild soap.
- Dry your lenses with a soft, clean towel. Make sure the towel has not been washed with fabric softener, as this can leave a misty shade on your lenses.
- Do not use paper towels. These often contain wood fibres that may cause permanent damage to your lenses.
- You can also use a microfiber cloth like the cloth you received with your glasses or a special cleaning agent.

Tips to adapt to your Varifocal lenses

- Wear your new glasses as often as often as possible. Taking them on and off will slow down the adaptation process. Especially the first couple of weeks it is important to wear them all day long.
- Do not switch back to your old pair of glasses. Your eyes will constantly have to make the switch back and forth, which can strain your eyes.
- Always move your head in the direction you are looking, do not just move your eyes.
- If you feel uncomfortable or experience headaches after 2/4 weeks of wearing, go back to your optician to discuss your complaints.
- Visit your optician regularly to check the fitting of your frame, especially after you bumped into something. This will guarantee you the best vision possible. Never attempt to adjust your glasses yourself.