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What to remember when using contact lenses?
Follow the instructions of their ophthalmologist for wearing, exchanging, lens care and follow any advice contained in the instructions and labels.

Is wearing of contact lenses related to any risk?

When wearing contact lenses, serious eye problems occur very rarely. To avoid them it is important to follow the recommendations of the specialist on the right wear and care of contact lenses. 
Here are some important rules:
- Contact Lenses for daily use should not be worn during sleep.
- Avoid prolonged wearing during the day.
- Regularly remove the lens in order to disinfect and clean them.
- Replace the lens for new according to the recommendations.

Who should not wear contact lenses?

Only specialist may decide whether you can or cannot wear contact lenses. If you have prescribed lenses, you should not wear them during the eye infection, or if you experience excessive discomfort, tearing, vision problems, red eyes or other eye problems. If any of these symptoms occur, immediately contact the specialist.

What to do when irritation occurs?

The following problems may occur: eyes burning and itching (irritation), reduced comfort since the first day of wearing lenses, feeling the presence of foreign body in the eye (foreign body, scratch), excessive moisture (watery eyes), unusual eye secretions, redness, reducing visual acuity (poor focus), blurry vision (photophobia), or dry eyes. If any one of these: Immediately remove contact lenses. If after removing the lens discomfort or the problem disappears, look at the lenses. If you find that the lenses are in any way damaged, do not wear them again. Place the lens in a box for storage and contact an ophthalmologist. If you see dust on the lens, eyelash or other foreign body, the problem disappeared after removing the glass and glass alone appear to be undamaged, clean them thoroughly, rinse, disinfect and rinse again. If the problem persists, immediately remove lenses and consult an ophthalmologist. If any of these symptoms appear, it may indicate a serious condition, such as, infection, an ulcer on the cornea, neovascularization, inflammation of the iris. You should immediately contact the doctor, diagnose the problem and take immediate treatment to avoid serious damage to the eye.

What to remember when applying a liquid for contact lens care?

Here are some rules relating to each fluid for the care of contact lenses available on the market:
- Never use the same fluid for the second time
- Tightly close the bottle for a period when it is not in use
- Keep out of reach of children
- Store at room temperature
- Use before the expiration date, which is placed on the container and box
- Never touch the dropper tip to any surface
- Never pour the liquid into other bottles or other containers
- Protect from sunlight
- Do not mix different liquids for contact lens care
- It is recommended to replace the cartridge with a new one after 3 months to remain clean and free of bacteria

Can you wear contact lenses while swimming?

Swimming with contact lenses is not recommended because the water contains bacteria that can contaminate the lens and cause infection. If you already are swimming with lenses, you should wear swimming goggles and after swimming immediately disinfect lenses.

Can you wear contact lenses when doing sports?
Contact lenses are ideal for athletes. They protect, provide a natural vision improvement and increase peripheral vision. While wearing lenses you do not have to worry about broken frames or destroyed lenses. Besides contact lenses do not fog, do not stand out and fall. However, there are sports that may require the use of goggles. If in doubt ask specialist for advice.

Can I wear someone else's lenses?
No. Wearing contact lenses prescribed for someone else can contract a serious eye infection. Use only the lenses that were prescribed for you. Never allow someone else to wear your lenses.

What if I fall asleep with contact lenses?
You should always remove your lenses before going to bed (for hydrogel lenses). If you happen to fall asleep in the lenses, remove them as soon as you wake up, remembering to disinfect and flush the liquid into contact lenses afterwards. Before removing the lenses it would be advice to moisten them in the eye by applying a few drops of liquid.

Can I wear contact lenses if I'm allergic?
Yes. However, it may happen that during the allergy symptoms you feel discomfort. If yes, call your specialist and follow his instructions. Some experts suggest that in this case, reduce the wearing time or discontinue wearing contact lenses until the allergy ceased. Thorough and frequent rinsing lenses can reduce discomfort. When wearing contact lenses never use eye drops, which are not intended for lenses users.
Can I use makeup when wearing contact lenses?
Yes. But we must remember not to soil the lenses. It is good to wear lenses before applying eye shadow.

Applying and removing contact lenses:
Always remember to wash your hands thoroughly with mild soap and dry thoroughly before touching the lens.
Always wear / remove in the first place the same lens in order to avoid confusion between the lens for the left and right eye.

Applying contact lenses:

Before putting the lens on the eye, rinse it in a multi-purpose contact lens fluid. You do not have to do this if you use 1-day contact lenses.

Place the lens on the tip of your index finger (right hand if you're right-handed and left, respectively, if you're left-handed).
Make sure the lens is inverted on the right side (the edges should be rolled up, not curled).
Look at the front. Pull lower eyelid down the middle finger of one hand.
The upper eyelid pull up with the index finger of the other hand and look up.
Gently press the lens on the lower eye white of your eye.
Withdraw your index finger and lower eyelids.
Look down and close your eyes for a moment.

The lens will center itself on the eye, if you blink several times.
If you feel discomfort, remove the lens and look at it, if it is not damaged. If it is, discard it. If not, rinse with more fluid and put on the eye again.
Repeat the same steps for the other eye.

Removing the lens:
Just before removing the lenses you can use a special moisturizing drops for contact lenses. One or two drops applied to the lens of each eye moistens and facilitate taking them out.

Look up and with middle finger of the dominant hand (right for right-handed and left for left-handed, respectively), pull down your lower eyelid.
Place your index finger on the lower edge of the lens, and then slide the lens toward the lower eye white.
Squeeze the lens lightly with the index finger and thumb and remove with a gentle movement from the eye.

Repeat the same steps for the other eye.
If the edges of the lens is stuck, put a few drops of multifunctional softener on the lens and rub gently to the edges.
Always treat the lenses in a delicate way.

Types of contact lenses
Contact lenses can be divided into different types, taking into account their use, to correct eye defects, wear mode or time of use.

Division of lenses due to the application:

Corrective lenses - are used to correct congenital or acquired defects of vision. Among them, we can distinguish: one-day, weekly, biweekly, monthly, quarterly (withdrawn from the market) and annual (withdrawn from the market) contact lenses.
Therapeutic lenses - are used as drug carriers or bandages in various diseases or injuries of the cornea, such as protection against external factors. This group can also include hard lenses, which are also used for the correction of vision in patients with keratoconus.
Cosmetic lenses - designed to change the color of the iris of the eye. Cosmetic lenses are plane version without any correction of vision defects but often are also corrective lenses.

Division of corrective lenses because of the type of correction:

- Spherical lenses - corrects farsightedness or nearsightedness 
- Aspherical lenses - corrects farsightedness or nearsightedness and mild astigmatism
- Toric lenses - corrects farsightedness or nearsightedness and astigmatism
- Progressive lenses- corrects presbyopia

Division of contact lenses because of the wear mode:

- Lenses worn on a daily basis, worn for 6 - 14 hours a day for days taken off for the night
- Lenses worn continuously, without the break day and night
- Lenses worn in a flexible mode, worn on a daily basis and in exceptional cases worn in continuous mode.

Division of contact lenses due to the time of use:

One-Day Contact Lenses
are designed to be worn once during whole day. For each day there is a new pair of lenses. Lenses do not require cleaning and maintenance. The use of disposable lenses significantly reduces the risk of infection, inflammation and allergy eyes. Research has shown that the use of one-day contact lenses  is a safer option compared to the use of lenses for extended periods of exchange. One-Day Contact Lenses are ideal for people with sensitive eyes, and those using contact lenses occasionally for sports.
Two-week lenses
are designed for daily wear for 14 days (removable at night). Some of these lenses can also be used continuously for 7 days and nights. Frequent replacement of lenses for new one protect eyes from contamination and dangerous microorganisms better compared to lenses with longer periods of exchange. With greater safety and comfort of a two-week lenses are becoming increasingly popular among professionals and users of the lenses.
Monthly Lenses
are designed to be worn for 30 days without losing their physical properties. Depending on the model, the lens can be used on a daily (taken off at night) or continuously by day and night. Monthly contact lenses used in continuous mode by day and night does not require daily cleaning and care. Relatively short period of replacement lenses for new guarantees an adequate level of safety and advanced materials from which lenses are made provide comfort and high oxygen permeability in the eye.
Lenses Quarterly
are designed to be worn for 90 days on a daily basis (removable at night) without losing their physical properties. Lens 3-month due to the relatively long period of replacement of a new guarantee an adequate level of security while maintaining eye all the rules for cleaning and disinfection in accordance with the guidelines specialist. Using lenses quarterly is economic.
Annual lenses 
Are designed to be worn throughout the year on a daily basis. Currently, these lenses as the lenses of the old generation and causing many complications have been almost completely withdrawn from the market.

Taking care of contact lenses
Proper care of contact lenses is an important element for eye health and comfort, follow the described principles, also consult on this matter with your specialist when needed.

Preparation of the lens:
Wash your hands and dry them thoroughly. Just before removing the lenses you can use a special moisturizing drops for contact lenses. One or two such drops applied to the lens of each eye moistens and facilitate their removal.
Before you remove the contact lenses thoroughly rinse the lens container with multipurpose liquid. Remove the lens, in accordance with the principles of removing the lens from the eye.

Always firstly remove the lens form the same eye in order to avoid confusion between the lens for the left and right eye.

Cleaning the lenses:
If you're using the one-day lenses cleaning them is unnecessary - after removing the lens throw it into the trash.
If you use contact lenses for daily wear after removing them at the end of the day they need to be cleaned, disinfected and stored in lens container. If you use a lens intended to be worn continuously, which remain on the eye at all times, even during sleep, it can be removed, cleaned, disinfected and re-apply. If you put them in lens box, before the application they should be well cleaned and disinfected (like lenses designed for daily wear).

After removing the lens place it in the middle of the other hand concave side of the lens to the top. Pour a few drops of the liquid. Rub it with the second-hand index finger for about half a minute. It is important to rub it up and down, not doing a circular motion, which can damage the lens. Rubbing will remove the sediments and pollution. Turn the lens on the other side and repeat the same steps. Then rinse with plenty of liquid lens by holding it in your fingers and place it in a container. Repeat the same steps with the second lens. If you have a special liquid with the formula NO RUB (without rubbing), rinsed only lens on each side and place it in a container.

Storing lenses:
Fill both container chambers to the full. Make sure that each contact lens is completely immersed in the fluid into the lenses. Carefully tighten the lid of the container. Disinfection process should last as long as is recommended on the package of fluid. This is usually a minimum of 4-6 hours. Remember always to keep lens container clean and dry.
To clean the lens container use a new toothbrush or a cotton cloth and fresh fluid. After removing the lenses and lens cleaning, rinse the container with plenty of multipurpose contact lens fluid. Before you screw the lids always empty container thoroughly dry.
Replace the container as often as possible, least once every 3 months.

Remember that:
If you do not wear contact lenses every day but only occasionally, then you need to wash and disinfect lenses on the day preceding their use. Some medicines may interfere with the comfort of wearing contact lenses. If you are taking any medication tell your specialist and get advice. Use only fresh, sterile solutions for cleaning and storing lenses. Do not use liquid once it has been already used. Never use tap water or even mineral water to clean the container. Never put contact lenses in your mouth or use anything that is not recommended by your specialist to moisten your contact lenses. Check the expiration date of the lens and liquid before using it. Expiry date of liquid for lenses usually shortened to 3 months after its opening. Do not use liquid after this date. Check the leaflet on the liquid bottle how long it is useful after opening. Do not touch the bottle of multifunctional liquid after it is opened, it could cause contamination of the solution in the bottle. Do not pour into a container several types of fluid. Never use lenses longer than recommended by the manufacturer.

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