Contact lenses can provide you with excellent vision without the need for glasses. However, they can be a bit tricky to use, especially if you’re a beginner. But don’t worry! In this blog post, we will explain in detail how to put contact lenses in your eyes. We’ll explore three different methods and conclude with a frequently asked questions (FAQs) section for further clarity. So, let’s dive right in!
Method 1: Standard Technique
The standard technique is widely adopted due to its simplicity and practicality. Here’s how to do it:
Cleanliness is key: Wash your hands thoroughly using a non-perfumed soap to avoid transferring any germs or dirt onto the lenses. Dry your hands completely with a lint-free towel.
Prepare your lens: Take the lens out of its case and rinse it with the appropriate contact lens solution. Avoid using water or saliva, which can harbor bacteria.
Placement on the fingertip: Place the lens on the tip of your index finger. Check if the lens is not inside out – it should form a perfect cup shape. If the edges flare out, it’s inside out.
Open your eyes: Use your middle finger of the same hand to pull down your lower eyelid. Use your other hand to hold your upper eyelid, so you don’t blink.
Insert the lens: Look upwards and gently place the lens on the lower part of your eye.
Blink slowly: Release your eyelids slowly and blink to adjust the lens into place.
Repeat these steps for the other eye.
Method 2: The “Slide” Technique
Some people find sliding the lens onto the eye more comfortable. Here’s the slide method:
Prep your hands and lenses: Just like in the standard technique, you need to start by washing your hands and preparing your lenses.
Hold your eyelids open: Use one hand to pull up your upper eyelid and use the other hand’s middle finger to pull down your lower eyelid.
Place the lens: Instead of placing the lens directly onto your eye, place it on the white part of your eye (the sclera) on the lower side.
Slide and blink: Slide the contacts up into place over the iris (the colored part of your eye), then let go of your eyelids and blink.
Method 3: The “Pop” Technique
The pop technique is a less common method but it can be a game-changer for some:
Clean hands and lenses: As always, start by washing your hands and prepping your lenses.
Prepare for placement: Pull down your lower eyelid with your middle finger, but this time, instead of looking up, look straight into a mirror.
Pop in the lens: Position the lens on the tip of your index finger, and bring it straight into your eye without hesitating.
Blink to adjust: Blink a few times to allow the lens to center itself on your eye.
It’s important to remember that everyone’s eyes and comfort levels are different. Try out these different techniques to see which one works best for you.
FAQs On Putting Contacts In
Can I damage my eye while putting in contact lenses?
It’s very unlikely if you’re careful and clean. Always wash your hands before handling lenses, and never use force when inserting or removing them.
What if my lens won’t stay in my eye?
Your lens may be damaged, inside out, or your eye could be too dry. Try using some eye drops to moisten your eyes before you put your lens in, and check that the lens is not inside out or damaged.
What should I do if my lenses feel uncomfortable?
This might be due to dryness, dirt under the lens, or a damaged lens. Try repositioning or cleaning them, or replacing them if necessary. If discomfort persists, consult your eye doctor.
Is it okay to rinse my contacts in water?
No, water can harbor bacteria and cause infection. Always use contact lens solution for cleaning and storing lenses.
Remember, patience is key when you’re learning how to put in contacts. Practice makes perfect, and before you know it, you’ll be a pro. Enjoy your clear vision, free from the frames!