for the Qualimed Desio (polymacon) Spherical and Toric Daily Wear Soft (hydrophilic) Tinted Contact Lens



With your decision to wear soft (hydrophilic) contact lens, you have joined a growing number of people who are discovering new pleasures from this important advance in vision correction.
Your frequent/planned replacement DESIO (polymacon) Spherical and Toric Daily Wear Soft (hydrophilic) Contact Lens is made of a stable, inert, highly purified, hydrophilic (water absorbing) polymer with properties different from conventional rigid lens. Fully manufactured to optical precision in the dry state, your lens hold these qualities in the soft, moist state in which they are suited for your use. Kept moist by the tears in your eyes, the lens is soft and comfort can be immediate. You are cautioned, however, to follow the initial wearing time schedule prescribed by your practitioner and not to overwear the lens simply because they remain comfortable. Your eyecare practitioner will determine your appropriate wearing schedule.
Although soft and pliable, your lens is strong and durable. The life of your frequent/planned replacement DESIO (polymacon) Spherical and Toric Daily Wear Soft (hydrophilic) Contact Lenses will depend to a large extent on how you handle and care for them. As with all precision devices, proper use will assure you the benefits of convenience, comfort, and confidence in your lens.
Read this Wearer’s Guide carefully. It contains the information you need to know to wear, handle, and care for your frequent/planned replacement DESIO (polymacon) Spherical and Toric Daily Wear Soft (hydrophilic) Contact Lenses. If you are in doubt about any instructions, request clarification from your eyecare practitioner.


The DESIO (polymacon) Spherical Soft Contact Lenses for daily wear are indicated for the correction of visual acuity in aphakic and not aphakic persons with non-diseased eyes with myopia or hyperopia. The lens may be worn by persons who exhibit refractive astigmatism of .50 diopters or less where the astigmatism does not interfere with visual acuity. The lens is available clear or tinted and may be used to enhance or alter the apparent color of the eye.
The DESIO (polymacon) Toric Soft Contact Lenses for daily wear are indicated for the correction of visual acuity in aphakic and not aphakic persons with non-diseased eyes with myopia or hyperopia and/or possesses refractive astigmatism not exceeding 4.00 diopters. The lens is available clear or tinted and may be used to enhance or alter the apparent color of the eye.
Daily wear replacement schedules may vary from patient to patient and should be decided by eyecare practitioners in consultation with their patients.

Frequent/Planned Replacement Wear:
Eyecare practitioners may prescribe any of the above lenses for frequent/planned replacement wear, with cleaning disinfection and scheduled replacement. When prescribed for frequent/planned replacement wear, the lens should be removed from your eyes for routine cleaning and disinfecting daily as prescribed by your eyecare practitioner.

DO NOT WEAR YOUR DESIO (polymacon) Spherical and Toric Daily Wear Soft (hydrophilic) Contact Lenses WHILE SLEEPING.


DO NOT USE the frequent/planned replacement DESIO (polymacon) Spherical and Toric Daily Wear Soft (hydrophilic) Contact Lenses when any of the following conditions exist:

  1. Acute and subacute inflammation or infection of the anterior chamber of the eye
  2. Any eye disease, injury, or abnormality that affects the cornea, conjunctiva, or eyelids
  3. Severe insufficiency of lacrimal secretion (dry eyes)
  4. Corneal hypoesthesia (reduced corneal sensitivity), if not-aphakic
  5. Any systemic disease that may affect the eye or be exaggerated by wearing contact lens
  6. Allergic reactions of ocular surfaces or adnexa that may be induced or exaggerated by wearing contact lens or use of contact lens solutions
  7. Allergy to any ingredient, such as mercury or thimerosal, in a solution which is to be used to care for your frequent/planned replacement DESIO (polymacon) Spherical and Toric Daily Wear Soft (hydrophilic) Contact Lenses
  8. Any active corneal infection (bacterial, fungi, or viral)
  9. If eyes become red or irritated
  10. Patients unable to follow lens care regimen or unable to obtain assistance to do so


You should not reuse or “top off” old solution left in your lens case since solution reuse reduces effective lens disinfection and could lead to severe infection, vision loss or blindness. “Topping-Off” is the addition of fresh solution to solution that has been sitting the case.
When disinfecting your lenses you should rub and rinse the lenses for the recommended amount of time to help prevent serious eye infections (see CARING FOR YOUR LENS for specific instructions).
You should never use water, saline solution, or rewetting drops to disinfect the lenses. These solutions will not disinfect the lenses. Not using the recommended disinfectant can lead to severe infection, vision loss or blindness.
You should not store your lenses or rinse your lens case with water or any non-sterile solution. You must only use fresh multi-purpose solution (or sterile saline solution) so your lenses or lens case are not contaminated. Use of non-sterile solution can lead to severe infection, vision loss or blindness.
Water can harbor microorganisms that can lead to severe infection, vision loss or blindness. If your lenses have been submersed in water such as when swimming in pools, lakes, or oceans; then you should discard them and replace them with a new pair. You should ask your eye care practitioner (professional) for recommendations about wearing their lenses during any activity involving water.
Using the multi-purpose solution beyond the discard date could result in contamination of the solution and can lead to severe infection, vision loss or blindness.

  1. Eye Discomfort
  2. Excessive Tearing
  3. Vision Changes
  4. Loss of Vision
  5. Eye Redness
  6. Or Other Eye Problems

Daily wear lenses are not indicated for overnight wear, therefore, you are instructed not to wear lenses while sleeping. Clinical studies have shown that the risk of serious adverse reactions is increased when these lenses are worn overnight.
Studies have shown that contact lens wearers who are smokers have a higher incidence of adverse reactions than nonsmokers – You must see your eyecare practitioner as directed


  1. If the lens sticks (stops moving) on the eye, follow the recommended directions on (care for sticking non-moving lens). The lens should move freely on the eye for the continued health of the eye. If non-movement of the lens continues, you should IMMEDIATELY consult your eyecare practitioner
  2. Always wash and rinse hands before handling lens. Do not get cosmetics, lotions, soaps, creams, deodorants, or sprays in the eyes or on the lens. It is best to put on lens before putting on makeup. Water-base cosmetics are less likely to damage lens than oil-base
  3. Do not touch contact lens with the fingers or hands if the hands are not free of foreign materials, as microscope scratches of the lens may occur, causing distorted vision and/or injury to the eye
  4. Never wear lens beyond the period recommended by the eyecare practitioner
  5. If aerosol products such as hair spray are used while wearing lens, exercise caution and keep eyes closed until the spray has settled
  6. Always handle lens carefully and avoid dropping them
  7. Do not expose your contact lenses to water while you are wearing them
  8. Avoid all harmful or irritating vapors and fumes while wearing lens
  9. Ask your eyecare practitioner about wearing your lens during sporting activities
  10. Inform the doctor (health care practitioner) about you being a contact lens wearer
  11. Never use tweezers or other tools to remove lens from your lens container unless specifically indicated for that use. Pour the lens into your hand
  12. Do not touch the lens with your fingernails
  13. Always contact your eyecare practitioner before using any medicine or medications in your eyes
  14. Always inform your employer of being a contact lens wearer. Some jobs may require use of eye protection equipment or may require that you not wear contact lens
  15. As with any contact lens, follow-up visits are necessary to assure the continuing health of your eyes. You should be instructed as to a recommended follow-up schedule
  16. Different solutions cannot always be used together, and not all solutions are safe for use with all lens. Use only recommended solutions that are fresh and sterile. Never use solutions recommended for conventional hard contact lens only. Chemical disinfection solutions should not be used with heat unless specifically indicated on product labeling for use in both heat and chemical disinfection. Always use FRESH, STERILE UNEXPIRED lens care solutions. Always follow directions in the package inserts for the use of contact lens solutions. Sterile unpreserved solutions, when used, should be discarded after the time specified in the labeling directions
  17. Do not use saliva or anything other than the recommended solution for lubricating or rewetting lens. Always keep the lens completely immersed in the recommended storage solution when the lens is not being worn (stored). Prolonged periods of drying will damage the lens. Follow the lens care directions for (Care for a Dried Out Dehydrated Dry Lens) if the lens surface does become dried out
  18. Carefully follow the handling, insertion, removal, cleaning, disinfection, storing and wearing instructions in your instructions for the DESIO (polymacon) Spherical and Toric Daily Wear Soft (hydrophilic) Contact Lenses and those prescribed by the eyecare practitioner
  19. Always discard your lenses after the recommended wearing schedule prescribed by your eyecare practicioner


The following problems may occur:

  1. Eyes stinging, burning, itching (irritation), or other eye pain
  2. Comfort is less than when lens was first placed on eye
  3. Feeling that something is in the eye such as a foreign body or scratched area
  4. Excessive watering (tearing) of the eye
  5. Unusual eye secretions
  6. Redness of the eye
  7. Reduced sharpness of vision (poor visual acuity)
  8. Blurred vision, rainbows, or halos around objects
  9. Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  10. Dry eyes

If you notice any of the above, IMMEDIATELY REMOVE YOUR LENS.
If discomfort or problems stop following lens removal, then look closely at your lens. If the lens is in any way damaged, DO NOT PUT THE LENS BACK ON YOUR EYE. Place the lens in the storage case and contact your eyecare practitioner. If the lens has dirt, an eyelash, or other foreign body on it, or the problem stops and the lens appears undamaged, you should thoroughly clean, rinse, and disinfect the lens then reinsert them. After reinsertion, if the problem continues, you should IMMEDIATELY REMOVE THE LENS AND CONSULT YOUR EYECARE PRACTITIONER
When any of the above problems occur, a serious condition such as infection, corneal ulcer, neovascularization, or iritis may be present. The patient should be instructed to KEEP LENS OFF YOUR EYE AND SEEK IMMEDIATE PROFESSIONAL IDENTIFICATION of the problem and prompt treatment to avoid serious eye damage.


Before Handling Your Lens
Cleanliness is the first and most important aspect of proper contact lens care
Before handling your lens, always wash and rinse your hands thoroughly and dry them with a lint-free towel. Do not use soaps, lotions, cold creams, or perfumes which leave a residue on your hands. Avoid using medications, creams, deodorants, make-up, after shave lotions, or similar items prior to touching your lens. When hair spray is used, the
eye must be kept closed until the spray has settled. Take care in handling your lens. Always avoid touching your lens with your fingernails or other sharp objects. NEVER WORK DIRECTLY OVER A SINK WITH THE DRAIN OPEN, AS THE LENS MAY BE LOST
Handling and Placing the Lens on the eye
To avoid the possibility of lens mix-ups, always start with the same lens first
Remove the lens from its storage case and examine it to be sure that it is moist, clean, clear, and free of any nicks or tears
Before inserting the lens, rinse well with fresh, sterile rinsing solution. Then place the lens on the tip of the index finger of your dominant hand
While positioned on your index finger, check to ensure the lens has not turned inside out. To check this, look at the profile of the lens against a light background. If the edge profile appears convex and bowl-shaped, then it is correct. If the lens is inverted, it will flare out at the edge. If the lens is inverted, simply reverse it by using light fingertip pressure. Be sure to avoid damaging the lens with your fingernails
Look straight ahead and raise the upper lid with your other index finger
Then look down, keep both eyes open and place the lens on the upper white part of the eye
Slowly release upper lid, and gently close your eye
The lens should center automatically, or it can be moved on center by gentle fingertip pressure through the lids
Repeat the above procedure for the second lens
If the lens appears to be stuck on your eye, apply a few drops of a recommended lubricating or rewetting solution to the eye and blink a few times. If the lens does not move freely on your eye, contact your eyecare practitioner for further instructions
There is no single “right way” of putting on lens. If you find this method of lens placement difficult, your eyecare practitioner will suggest another method or provide additional information
Centering the Lens
Very rarely, a lens that is on the cornea will be displaced onto the white part of the eye during lens wear. This can also occur during placement and removal of the lenses if the correct techniques are not performed properly. To center a lens on the eye, follow the procedure below.
Using your index finger, gently apply pressure to the lens and slide it back into the cornea. If the lens gets under the upper lid, gently massage the upper lid while looking down and move the lens toward the cornea
Removing the Lens


  1. Wash and rinse your hands thoroughly
  2. Dry hands with a lint-free towel
  3. Check that the lens is centered on the cornea before attempting to remove the lens. Check your vision by covering one eye. If vision is blurry, the lens is off-center. Re-center the lens before attempting to remove it


  1. To avoid the possibility of lens mix-ups, always begin with the same lens
  2. Look up and keep both eyes open
  3. Using the middle finger of your dominant hand, gently pull down the lower lid of the first eye. Using the tip of your index finger of the same hand, touch the lens and slide it onto the white of the eye
  4. Gently “pinch” the lens between the index finger and the thumb and remove
  5. Repeat the procedure for the second eye
  6. If the lens cannot be easily moved, apply a few drops of lubricating or rewetting solution to the eye, blink a few times, and when the lens moves freely on the eye, remove in the manner described above. If the lens still cannot be moved, contact your eyecare practitioner for further instruction
  7. Upon removal, clean each lens with a contact lens cleaner per the procedures described under the heading, CARING FOR YOUR LENS. Rinse well with rinsing solution and place in the lens storage case filled with fresh storage solution
IMPORTANT: Always avoid touching your lens with your fingernails. Use only your fingertips.
If you find this method difficult, your eyecare practitioner will suggest another method or provide additional instruction
If the lens is chipped or torn, do not put the lens back on your eye. Return the lens to the storage case with fresh solution and contact your eyecare practitioner


Basic Instructions
For continued safe and comfortable wearing of your lens, it is important that you first clean and rinse, then disinfect your lens after each removal, using the care regimen recommended by your eyecare practitioner. Cleaning and rinsing are necessary to remove mucus, secretions, films, or deposits, which may have accumulated after removing them. Disinfecting is necessary to destroy harmful germs.
You should adhere to a recommended care regimen. Failure to follow the regimen may result in development of serious ocular complications as discussed in the warning section above
If you require only vision correction, but will not or cannot adhere to a recommended care regimen for your lens, or are unable to place and remove your lens or have someone available to place and remove them, you should not attempt to get and wear contact lens
When you first get your lens, be sure you have to put the lens on and remove them while you are in your eyecare practitioner’s office. At that time you will be provided with a recommended cleaning and disinfection regimen and instructions and warnings for lens care, handling, cleaning, and disinfection. Your eyecare practitioner should instruct you about appropriate and adequate procedures and products for your use, and provide you with a copy of the Frequent/Planned Replacement Patient Instruction/Wearer’s Guide for the DESIO (polymacon) Spherical and Toric Daily Wear Soft (hydrophilic) Contact Lenses

For safe contact lens wear, you should know and always practice your lens care routine:

  1. Always wash, rinse, and dry hands before handling contact lens
  2. Always use fresh, sterile unexpired lens care solutions
  3. Use recommended system of lens care and carefully follow instructions on solution labeling
  4. Different solutions cannot always be used together, and not all solutions are safe for use with all lens. DO NOT ALTERNATE OR MIX LENS CARE SYSTEMS UNLESS INDICATED ON SOLUTION LABELING
  5. Do not use saliva or anything other than the recommended solutions for lubricating or rewetting lens. Do not put lens in the mouth
  6. Never rinse your lens in water from the tap! Tap water contains many impurities that can contaminate or damage your lens and may lead to eye infection or injury and you might lose the lens down the drain
  7. our eyecare practitioner should recommend a care system that is appropriate for the frequent/planned replacement DESIO (polymacon) Spherical and Toric Daily Wear Soft (hydrophilic) Contact Lenses. Each lens care product contains specific directions for use and important safety information, which should be read and carefully followed
  8. Clean one lens first (always the same lens first to avoid mix-ups), rinse the lens thoroughly with recommended rinsing or disinfecting solution to remove the cleaning solution, mucus, and film from the lens surface, and put lens into correct chamber of the lens storage case. Then repeat the procedure for the second lens
  9. After cleaning, disinfect lens using the system recommended by the manufacture and/or your eyecare practitioner
  10. To store lens, use only fresh multi-purpose (contact lens disinfecting) solution each time you soak (store) your lenses. Disinfect and leave them in the closed/unopened case until ready to wear. If lens are not to be used immediately following disinfection, you should consult the package insert or your eyecare practitioner for information on storage of lens
  11. Always keep your lens completely immersed in a recommended disinfecting/conditioning solution when the lens are not being worn. If you discontinue wearing your lens, but plan to begin wearing them after a few weeks, ask your eyecare practitioner for a recommendation on how to store your lens
  12. Frequent/Planned Replacement DESIO (polymacon) Spherical and Toric Daily Wear Soft (hydrophilic) Contact Lens can be disinfected using a chemical (NOT HEAT) disinfecting system
  13. Contact lens cases can be a source of bacteria growth. After removing the lens from the case, empty and rinse the lens storage case with solution as recommended by the lens case manufacture; then allow the lens case to air dry. When the case is used again, refill it with storage solution. Replace lens case at regular intervals as recommended by the lens case manufacture or your eyecare practitioner
  14. our eyecare practitioner may recommend a lubricating/rewetting solution for your use. Lubricating/Rewetting solutions can be used to wet (lubricate) your lens while you are wearing them to make them more comfortable
  15. Lenses prescribed for frequent/planned replacement should be thrown away after the recommended wearing period prescribed by your eyecare practitioner
Lens Deposits and Use of Enzymatic Cleaner
Enzyme cleaning may be recommended by the eyecare practitioner. Enzyme cleaning removes protein deposits on the lens. These deposits cannot be removed with regular cleaners. Removing protein deposits is important for the well-being of the patient’s lens and eyes. If these deposits are not removed, they can damage the lens and cause irritation. Enzyme cleaning does NOT replace routine cleaning and disinfecting. For enzyme cleaning, the patient should carefully follow the instructions in the enzymatic cleaning labeling
Lens Case Cleaning and Maintenance
Rinse your lens case with sterile contact lens solution (never use tap water) and leave the lens case open to dry after each use. Turn the case over and shake any excess solution out of the case. Be sure that no residual solution remains in the case before you allow it to air dry
Replace your lens case at least once every 3 months. Contact lens cases can be a source of bacterial growth
Care for a Sticking (non-moving) Lens
If the lens sticks (cannot be removed), you should apply 3 to 4 drops of the recommended lubricating or rewetting solution directly to the eye and wait until the lens begins to move freely on the eye before removing it. If non-movement of the lens continues after 15 minutes, you should IMMEDIATELY consult your eyecare practitioner
Care for a Dried out (dehydrated) dry Lens
If for some reason your lens dry out completely: a minimum of handling is important as they are very brittle in the dehydrated state. Carefully place them in rinsing or storage solution for a minimum of thirty minutes during which time they will become soft and flexible. Then follow the cleaning, rinsing, and disinfecting procedures, including soaking the lens in storage and disinfection solution for four hours before wearing again
Chemical (Not Heat) Disinfection
Wash and rinse your hands thoroughly BEFORE HANDLING LENS
After removal of lens, CLEAN the lens by applying three drops of cleaner to each surface. You should rub and rinse the lenses for 15-20 seconds or more and then repeat with the second side for a total of 2 times 30 seconds or more. Follow the complete recommended lens rubbing and rinsing times in the labeling to adequately disinfect the lenses and reduce the risk of contact lens infection
AFTER CLEANING, thoroughly rinse both surfaces of the lens with a steady stream of fresh, sterile rinsing solution for approximately 10 seconds
Fill contact lens carrying case with the recommended disinfection and storage solution and place lens in the proper cells and soak as recommend in solution labeling

Caution: Lenses that are chemically disinfected may absorb ingredients from the disinfecting solution which may be irritating to the eyes. A thorough rinse in fresh, sterile rinsing solution prior to placement on the eye should reduce the potential for irritation.

DISCARD DATE (for care products)

Discard any remaining solution ninety (90) days after opening


If any chemicals of any kind (household products, gardening solutions, laboratory chemicals, etc.) are splashed into the eyes, you should FLUSH EYES IMMEDIATELY WITH TAP WATER AND IMMEDIATELY CONTACT YOUR EYECARE PRACTITIONER OR VISIT A HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM WITHOUT DELAY

When to call your practitioner

Certain symptoms may be early indicators of potentially serious problems. A careful examination of your lens, and professional examination of your eyes, may be required. Remove the lens following the instructions outlined in this guide, and call your eyecare practitioner if:

  1. Your eye becomes red and feels irritated or “gritty”
  2. You notice a change in your vision or see rainbows or halos around objects
  3. You experience discomfort and/or sensitivity to lights

A good general policy is: “IF IN DOUBT … TAKE THE LENS OUT” and contact your eyecare practitioner
Learn and Use Proper lens Care Habits:

  1. Follow Instructions
  2. Handle Lens Properly
  3. Learn How to Put On and Take Off Your Lens
  4. Keep Your Lens Clean
  5. Disinfection is a Necessary Security

Instructions for Monovision Wearer

You should be aware that as with any type of lens correction, there are advantages and compromises to monovision contact lens therapy. The benefit of clear near vision in straight ahead and upward gaze that is available with monovision may be accompanied by a vision compromise that may reduce your distance visual acuity and depth perception for distance and near tasks. Some patients have experienced difficulty adapting to it. Symptoms, such as mild blurred vision, dizziness, headaches and a feeling of slight imbalance, may last for a brief minute or for several weeks as adaptation takes place. The longer these symptoms persist, the poorer your prognosis for successful adaptation. You should avoid visually demanding situations during the initial adaptation period. It is recommended that you first wear these contact lenses in familiar situations, which are not visually demanding. For example, it might be better to be a passenger, rather than a driver of an automobile, during the first few days of lens wear. It is recommended that you drive with monovision correction only if you pass the driver’s license requirements with your monovision correction.
Some monovision patients will never be fully comfortable functioning under low levels of illumination, such as driving at night. If this happens, you may want to discuss with your eye care professional having additional contact lenses prescribed so that both eyes are corrected for distance when sharp distance binocular vision is required.
If you require very sharp near vision during prolonged close work, you may want to have additional lenses prescribed so that both eyes are corrected for near when sharp near vision binocular vision is required.
Some monovision patients require supplemental spectacles to wear over the monovision contact lens correction to provide the clearest vision for critical tasks. You should discuss this with your eye care professional.
It is important that you follow your eye care professional’s suggestions for adaptation to monovision contact lens therapy. You should discuss any concerns that you may have during and after the adaptation period.
The decision to be fit with a monovision correction is most appropriately left to the eye care professional in conjunction with you, after carefully considering and discussing your needs.

Recommended Lens Care Products

The eyecare practitioner should recommend a care system that is appropriate for the frequent/planned replacement DESIO (polymacon) Spherical and Toric Daily Wear Soft (hydrophilic) Contact Lens. Each lens care product contains specific directions for use and important safety information, which should be read and carefully followed. The table below shows solutions that are recommended for use with your frequent/planned replacement DESIO (polymacon) Spherical and Toric Daily Wear Soft (hydrophilic) Contact Lens.

– Daily Cleaner
Opti-Free Daily Cleaner by Alcon by Alcon
– Rinsing Solution
Opti-Free Replenish by Alcon
– Disinfecting Solution
Opti-Free Replenish by Alcon
– Lubricant/Rewetting Drops
Opti-Free Express by Alcon
– Enzymatic Cleaner
Opti-Free Supralens by Alcon
– Oxidation Systems
ClearCare Hydrogen Peroxide by Ciba Vision
3% H2O2 with neutralizing disc

Wearing Schedule

The DESIO (polymacon) Spherical and Toric Daily Wear Soft (hydrophilic) contact Lens are indicated for daily wear. The maximum suggested wearing time for these lens is:

1 6
2 8
3 10
4 12
5 14
6 All Waking Hours *


Appointment Schedule

You can keep track on your appointment by downloading this guide in pdf format In the section ‘Appointment Schedule’ you will find an easy form you can fill in with your scheduled appointment information.
IMPORTANT: In the event that you experience any difficulty wearing your lens or you do not understand the instructions given you, DO NOT WAIT for your next appointment. TELEPHONE YOUR EYECARE PRACTITIONER IMMEDIATELY.