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Wear & Care Tips

The information below is intended as a supplement to the training and instruction you receive as part of a contact lens fitting program.

How to insert your lenses



  • Wash your hands with a mild soap, rinse completely and dry with a lint-free towel. A wet finger may cause a soft lens to flatten. Avoid using fingernails to handle your lenses.
  • If you’re working near a sink, close the drain.
  • Get in the habit of always working with the same (right or left) lens first to avoid mix-ups.
  • Pour the lens and storage fluid from the case into your palm.
  • Inspect the lens for particles, deposits or tears.
  • Place the lens, cup side up, on your dry forefinger. Determine if the lens is right side out. If it is right side out, the lens’ edge will appear almost straight up. If inside out, the edges will flare out slightly. Another test is to place the lens on a crack in the palm of your hand and then cup the hand slightly. This will flex the lens. If the edge of the lens curls inwards, it is the correct way out; if the edge curls outwards and wraps onto the palm of the hand, it is inside out. If it is inside out, reverse it.
  • To Insert.

    • Hold the upper lashes (or lids) to prevent blinking.
    • Pull the bottom eyelid down using your middle finger.
    • Look up so the white part of your eye shows.
    • Place the lens onto the exposed white part of your eye.
    • Or, instead of looking up, look straight ahead at the lens and gently place it in the center of your eye.
    • Remove your finger and let go of the lids, bottom lid first, and then top.

  • Look downward to help position the lens, then close your eyes momentarily.
  • Apply one or two drops of lens lubricant (eye drops) if your lenses feel dry or if blurry vision occurs during wear.
  • Follow the same steps to insert the other lens.

How to remove your lenses



  • Wash and dry your hands and close any nearby drains.
  • With your head straight, look upwards as far as you can.
  • Place your middle finger on the lower eyelid of your right eye and pull the eyelid down, then touch the lower edge of the lens with the tip of your index finger.
  • While still looking up, slide the lens down to the white part of the eye with your index finger.
  • Still looking up and holding the lens under the index finger, move your thumb so that you can compress the lens lightly between the thumb and the index finger. Then gently remove the “folded up” lens from the eye.
  • If you have difficulty removing the lens, place a few comfort drops in the eye, wait moments and try again.
  • Remove the left lens following the same procedure.

Follow Professional advice



  • Wear your contacts only for the length of time recommended, even if they feel comfortable.
  • Remove, clean and disinfect your lenses at the intervals prescribed.
  • Have regular check-ups.
  • Don’t sleep or nap while wearing your contacts unless specifically indicated
  • Don’t use any eye medications without consulting the doctor

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We are currently offering in-office care by appointment only.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

The following is a summary of the steps we have taken to protect your safety.

Physical Distancing Measures:

o Reducing density of people: We have adopted a schedule which will reduce the amount of patients in our facility at one time.

o We will have some of our team working from home operating a call centre and tele-medicine pre-screening.

o Spacing stickers have been placed on our floor.

Engineering controls:

o Forms have been digitized and will be emailed to patients in advance of the appointment to minimize contact.

o A “For Payment" button has been installed on our website, valleyvisionoptometry.ca for patients to be able to pay from home to minimize contact.

o Plexiglass barriers have been installed at all 3 Front Desk stations

o Our doors will remain locked during Phase 2, opening the door to let in scheduled patients only.

o A dropbox has been installed for patients to drop off glasses in need of repair.

o Contact lens sales are administered through our webstore.

Administrative controls:

o Cleaning protocols have been written. Staff training on these protocols has been scheduled.

o Clear rules are posted on our front door and throughout all of the stations in our office.

Personal protective equipment:

o Patients will be required to wear a mask upon entry to the office and throughout their time with us. Those who do not have a mask will be supplied a surgical mask upon entry.

Policies around sickness:

o Employees and patients with cold or flu symptoms will be required to stay home.

Frequent hand washing:

o Patients, Doctors, and our Team will be required to wash hands upon entry and exit in to the exam rooms.

o Eyewear Consultants will wear gloves when handling eyewear and performing adjustments.

We currently are operating a reduced schedule, so are triaging patients to ensure those with the highest needs are prioritized.

Sincerely,

Dr. Shaun Golemba

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