If it’s your first time putting contact lenses in, the idea of putting something on your eye might make you feel a little squeamish. But there’s absolutely nothing to worry about, contact lenses are easy to apply and very comfortable.
It may take you a little while to get used to putting them in, but after some practice, and with the help of our handy guide, you’ll have no problem putting contact lenses in at all.
Here’s our guide to applying contact lenses:
Wash your hands.
This is very important to remember as any dust particles, germs or makeup on your finger will irritate your eyes and make the whole experience very uncomfortable. Try to use soap that is fragrance free and one that is not too heavy on moisturisers as these ingredients could also irritate your eyes.
Dry your hands thoroughly, and you’re ready to start putting your contact lenses in.
Always start with the same eye.
Contact lenses are designed to fit each eye individually. You can’t swap them around as they simply won’t fit properly so it’s a good idea to start with the same eye every time. This is to help you make sure you put the correct contact lens in each eye.
If you are right handed, always start with your right eye. If you’re left handed, start with your left eye.
Get your contact lens ready.
Open the packet and scoop out the lens by sliding it up the ramp and out with your index finger. Look at the contact lens and make sure it looks like a bowl. If it has a lip or flat bottom, it may be inside out, so be sure to check. If it is inside out, just turn it over in the palm of your hand.
Clean your lens with contact lens solution. Never use water from the tap or anything else as you risk irritating your eye.
If your lens is torn or damaged, never place it in your eye.
Insert your contact lens.
Make sure you have a mirror ready for this part.
With your free hand, hold your upper eye lid open. This is important as you may try to blink reflexively.
Using the hand with your contact lens on, place your middle finger underneath your eye to stabilise your hand and pull the lower lid down.
You may want to look away at this point, or you may prefer to look straight at the mirror or contact lens – either way is fine. Place your lens gently on your eye and you’re nearly finished.
Blink, blink, blink.
Blink a few times to make sure the lens is in place properly and help your eye get used to the lens. If everything feels ok and you can see properly, you’ve successfully applied your contact lens.
Just repeat the procedure for your other eye and you’re ready.
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