Please call 911 if you think you have a medical emergency.
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C o n t a c t L e n s e s T r e a t m e n t
S e l f - C a r e a t H o m e
If you experience irritation, pain, blurred vision, redness, or light sensitivity,
immediately remove your contact lenses and then re-evaluate your
o Because you should not wear your contact lenses when
experiencing these problems, you should have an up-to-date pair of
glasses for these times. With well-fitting contact lenses, your
glasses would only be used in the case of an emergency, thereby
enabling you to drive or to function at work.
o You should examine your contact lenses for any defects. In the
case of a torn soft lens or a cracked gas permeable lens, your eye
should feel immediately relieved once you remove it.
If soap or cleaning solution gets in your contact lens case and, in turn, on
your lenses, irrigate your eyes with your rinsing solution or tap water.
Then, either discard the lenses or rinse them off multiple times in the
storage solution to rid the lenses of the soap.
• When the irritation is from something blowing into the eye, remove the
lens and look for a foreign body. The foreign body may be removed with a
cotton-tipped applicator or a rolled up piece of facial tissue. Once
removed, your eye should feel immediately relieved of the discomfort.
If eyedrops are prescribed for an infection, you should use these eyedrops
with the contacts out of your eyes. You should not wear contacts when
your eyes are red or irritated.
o To instill eyedrops , hold your head back and squeeze 1 drop out of
the bottle. Close your eye for about 30 seconds after instilling the
eyedrop, and do not rub your eye.
M e d i c a l T r e a t m e n t
Treatment ranges from not wearing your contact lenses for a short time to intensive
antibiotic treatment of infections. You may have to wear your glasses for a variable