Are you planning to purchase your first new contact lenses? Are you apprehensive about the use of contact lenses? Well, you need not worry. You may have questions such as how to wear and take care of the lenses, how to use the contact lenses, etc. We are here to guide you and explain what to expect when wearing contacts for the first time. Right from tips to wearing the lenses and removing and disinfecting to how long to wear contacts the first week, we will be covering all of it in the article.While it isn’t really as simple as it is with a pair of glasses that you easily slip onto your eyes, once you get the knack of using lenses, it is sure to make life easy for you. So, on that note, here’s what contact lens beginners should know.
Tips to wear contacts lenses
Although in the beginning, it may not really be as easy as it seems, yet over time, with practice, you will surely get a hang of using Best Contact Lenses. That said, read the tips below when or before you wear contact lenses.
- Before your get, your hands on the lenses, ensure you wash your hands with soap and dry them.
- When you open your contact lens case, ensure you do not end up mixing up the right and left lenses.
- Use your fingertips to slide the lens into the palm of your hand and rinse the lens with contact solution before wearing them. That said, avoid using fingernails to slide the contact lenses out of the case.
- Once you have rinsed the lens, place it on the tip of the index or middle finger of your hand and slide it into your eyes.
- To be more precise, hold your upper eyelid open with your pointer or middle finger with the other hand while you hold your lower eyelid with your middle or ring finger with your other hand.
- Thereafter look forward or up if you can’t look straight ahead. Place the lens in your eye.
- The lens should fit appropriately and feel comfortable in your eyes. Wearing the lenses, you should be able to see clearly. If not, take it out, rinse it with the solution, and try again. You should repeat the same process with the other eyes as well.
- Lastly, as a word of caution, check that the lens isn’t damaged and make sure it’s right side up. The edge of the lens should form a bowl. If it is inside out, carefully flips the lens before wearing them.
Now that we know how to wear the lenses, let us see how one should remove the contact lenses.
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How to Remove Your Contact lenses?
As much as all the precautionary measures that you take to wear the lenses, you need to be careful even when removing the lenses. So, here’s how you can do it.
- Even before removing the lenses, you must ensure you wash your hands with soap and dry them.
- Similar to wearing contact lenses, use your middle finger to hold open your upper eyelid. Then use the middle finger of your other hand to hold open your lower eyelid.
- Pinch the lens with your index finger and thumb to take it out. You can also try sliding the lens downward first and then pinching it out.
- Be very careful when you remove your lenses. Repeat with your other eye.
How to Clean and Store the Contacts Lenses?
While wearing and removing lenses is one aspect of using contact lenses, you must also keep in mind about their safe storage. Contact lenses should not only be handled carefully but also stored carefully. So, here is how you can ensure the safe storing of the lenses.
Use of Solutions– There is a wide variety of contact lens solutions available in the market. Ranging from dirt cleansers to disinfectants, moisturizing and hydrating solutions to germ killers, you will come across a wide variety of solutions for contact lenses. These solutions keep the lenses clean and moist and disinfect them when stored overnight in the case. You even can get multipurpose solutions for hard or soft lenses.
Hydrogen peroxide-based solutions are good for those who have allergies or sensitive eyes to chemicals. But for this, you require adding a neutralizing disk to convert the solution to saline so it won’t sting your eyes. That said, it is also important to note that it isn’t really safe to use saliva, tap water, or even rewetting drops to clean or rinse your lenses. They do not clean or disinfect the lenses and may rather cause an infection. So be very careful what you choose and how you use these solutions for cleaning and storing contact lenses.
As eye specialists, we at Eyealign always ask our customers/patients to adhere to what was prescribed to them by the doctor. We also strongly suggest adhering to theprescribed wearing and replacement schedule. Also, you must use only the products that are recommended by your eye doctor. Do not substitute lens care products without consulting your doctor. Please do not make your own rules, as they could be dangerous and/or even damaging to your eyes.Moreover, we also recommend you to wear your lenses only for the amount of time that the doctor prescribes and considers them safe to use. Learning new things takes time. Although adapting to the use of contact lenses isn’t always a quick and easy process, you will get the hang of it soon. With practice, you will surely adapt to your new life with lenses and feel confident.