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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

In the wake of the latest recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, we wanted to make you aware of new procedures taking place at Maple Grove Vision Clinic, effective immediately.

HOURS OF OPERATION: We will be open Monday to Thursday 12PM -4PM and we will be closed on Fridays. If you currently have a scheduled appointment outside those hours, our staff will contact you to see how we can best meet your needs.

EMERGENCY VISION ISSUES: It’s extremely important not to neglect your vision needs during this time, so please don’t hesitate to call to schedule an appointment during the above hours in the event of injury, redness, discharge, possible infection, etc.

ROUTINE APPOINTMENTS: Currently, we are scheduling for routine exams for *after* April 6th. If you have a routine appointment already scheduled between now and April 6th, our staff will be contacting you to discuss your needs and how we can best meet them.

GLASSES OR CONTACTS (PREVIOUS ORDERS): You’ll get a call from our front desk (as always) when your glasses or contacts are ready for pickup, and you can stop in during our open hours (above) to pick up your orders. We can arrange free shipping as needed, although glasses are always best when we can fit them to you, in-person. Please call to discuss options.

NEED MORE CONTACTS? We need your business in order to stay in business, and we’re happy to re-fill orders for contacts and ship directly to your home for free.  Just call during our business hours to order or you can also go to our website www.maplegrovevisionclinic.com to order as well.

HOW TO REACH US: Call 763-420-8030 during business hours, or email us at drfrick@maplegrovevisionclinic.com

The health and safety of our patients has always been a top priority. As a reminder, here are the actions we take whenever a patient is in our office:

ONGOING SAFETY MEASURES:

NEW SAFETY MEASURES:

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Please do not come in to our office if you’ve traveled out of the country in the last 14 days, have any symptoms of flu-like or respiratory illness, or have had known contact with anyone who has exhibited such symptoms or tested positive for the coronavirus. As noted above, we are happy to ship any orders directly to your home, or work with a family member to make sure your vision needs are being met.

We will continue to give (and follow) recommendations based on the evidence we have on safe delivery of eye care in a time of uncertainty.  We appreciate your continued support and understanding.

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott A. Frick and staff at MGVC

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Dear Patients- Our hours during this medical emergency are: Monday to Thursday 12PM -4PM and we will be closed on Fridays.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.