The Basics of Wearing Soft Contact Lenses
Taking the step from frames to contacts can be both exciting and intimidating. Often, people know they want to make the switch but are concerned about the process and maintenance of converting to contact lenses. Knowledge is needed for new contact users to become familiar with the process and comfortable with the idea of adapting to lens.
Wearing Your Contact Lenses
Wash your hands as thoroughly as possible. This step may be often skipped or overlooked by more experienced wearers, but it is essential. Make certain your hands are clear of any scented soap residue – this includes oils, lotions and any other hand products that could cause eye irritation.
Once your hands are clean and dry, pick up your lens case and shake it slightly. This will allow the lens to unstick from the interior surface of the case. Open up the case and be sure you don’t pull at the lens if it is still stuck, as that could cause damage to the lens.
Using your pinky finger, gently scoop the first lens from the case. Place it into your other palm and rinse with your contact lens solution.
Place the lens on the tip of your index finger. The next step is to ensure the contact is not inside out. For someone new to contact lenses, this can be a confusing step. Take the lens and lift it into view and look at it from the side. If it forms a U shape, and it looks flared out instead of round, then it’s upside down. It should resemble a cup or a bowl instead.
Alright, get close to your mirror now. A good tip is to always apply the first lens to the same eye to avoid mixing up the right and left ones. Take the lower eyelid and pull it down. Test your fingertip against your eye gently. If it sticks, it is dry and should be good to proceed. Position the contact lens on your eye and place it either directly on top or just to the side and slowly move it into place.
Now that you’ve gotten the lens in, close your eye slowly and then roll it in a complete circle in order to ensure the contact glides into position. Try blinking a couple of times to be certain.
When the process is complete, look into the mirror to check that the contact is where it should be. If done correctly, it should be a comfortable fit and your vision should be accurate. Follow the same steps in order to insert the second lens.
Here are a couple of YouTube videos to demonstrate the process for those who need visual instructions:
- Inserting & Removing Contact Lens – https://youtu.be/fjoaurNKg60
- How to Put On and Take Off Contact Lenses – https://youtu.be/7gSltoRSFCU
If you cannot seem to get a handle on the process or if your eyes become irritated for any reason, it’s time to go back to your eye doctor for assistance. However, if you practice good lenses maintenance you should not have any problem wearing your new soft lenses.