There’s no denying trying contacts takes some getting used to. But when you’re ready for contacts, they become a part of your daily routine, and with any new habit, you just need a little practice.
Before You Start
- Relax! Putting in and taking out contacts may feel strange at first, but once you practice a few times, it will be like second nature.
- Wash your hands with a soap that is free of oils or lotions and dry your hands with a lint–free towel.
- Check to ensure lens is clean and damage–free.
- Be sure to handle your contacts in the same order each day to avoid mixing up the right and left lenses.
- Avoid using oil-based cosmetics, hand soaps or lotions. Oil-based products can permanently damage the surface of your contact lenses.
What to Expect
Contact lenses can offer superior vision and comfort. It is normal to have lens awareness for a few days as you adapt to the feel of your contact lenses, but this lens awareness will diminish over time.
Always wash your hands with mild soap and dry them well with a lint-free towel before handling the lenses. It is a good idea to handle your lenses in the same order each time to avoid getting them mixed up.
Putting in Duette lenses is just like putting in a soft contact lens.
- Place the lens on the tip of your finger. A drop of preservative-free lubricant can be added to the bowl, if desired.
- Pull down on you lower lid and gently place the lens on your eye. Slowly release your eyelid and blink several times.
“Tissue Trainer” Method
First, practice removing your lenses with a tissue. The tissue should make removing these moist lenses easy, and can always be used as a “back-up” removal method if needed.
- Place the tissue over your forefinger and thumb.
- Using a strong narrow pinch, with the fingertips at the 5 and 7 o’clock positions on the lens, apply slight pressure; wait for a “1, 2” count and then roll fingertips together and back toward the palm of the hand.
DRY Finger “Pinch” Method
Once you are comfortable and confident using a tissue to remove your lenses, you can practice removing the lenses without the tissue, using a strong narrow pinch with very dry fingers (in place of the dry tissue).
- Using one hand, pull your upper lid back.
- Using your finger on the opposite hand, pull down your lower lid gently.
- Place very dry fingertips at the 5 and 7 o’clock positions on the lens and apply slight pressure; wait for a “1, 2” count and then roll fingertips together and back toward the palm of the hand.
- Fingers need to be dried with a towel between each removal attempt. Rubbing fingers together until heat is felt from the friction will also ensure fingers are completely dry.
Caring for Your Lenses
Clean Your Duette Lenses Daily
- Place the lens bowl-side up in the palm of your hand. Rinse your lenses with a daily cleaner approved for soft contact lenses. Never use tap water to rinse or store your lenses.
- With the pad of your ring finger, gently rub the entire lens in a circular motion against the palm of your hand. Be sure to thoroughly clean the front and back of the lens and then rinse it well with a saline solution such as LacriPure from Menicon.
- Store your lenses in either a hydrogen peroxide system OR multi-purpose disinfecting solution, as recommended by your eye care professional.
The recommended replacement schedule for Duette lenses is every six months.
It is important that you always follow your eye care professional’s instructions. Based on your individual needs, your eye care professional may recommend a different replacement schedule.
Lens Care Solutions
Disinfection Systems: Use chemical (not heat) disinfection systems (Multi-Purpose or Hydrogen Peroxide* solutions), as recommended by your eye care professional.
Daily Cleaner: The standard of care for contact lenses recommends using a daily cleaner approved for soft contact lenses.
Rewetting Drops: If needed, use rewetting drops approved for soft contact lenses, as directed by your eye care practitioner.
If lenses have TangibleTM Hydra-PEG coating, alcohol-based or abrasive solutions should be avoided.
*In some patients the tear chemistry may react with the hydrogen peroxide to cause a permanent white ring at the junction of the rigid center and soft skirt. This ring does not affect vision or comfort.