how to put on contact lenses
Contact lenses are a perfect option for those times when glasses just get in the way. They are ideal for athletic sports and also fix the problem of switching between glasses and sunglasses when you are outdoors. Contact lenses can also be made with multifocal and presbyopia prescriptions, which eliminates the need to wear glasses for these conditions.
However, for one reason or another, some people stray away from trying contacts. One main reason is perhaps the trepidation of putting them in your eye for the first time.
This might seem like a daunting task at first, but the process is actually very simple and easy to get used to. In the end, the benefits are worth it. Just follow our simple 'How To’ guide and you’ll be an expert in no time!
Before you start:
- Make sure that your hands are clean and air-dried
- Stand in a bright lit area in front of a mirror. If you are in front of a sink, may be a good idea to plug the drain.
Gently take the lens out of the capsule and place it on the tip of either index finger. This will depend on your preference and if you are right or left handed. Put some solution onto the lens. Inspect the lens and make sure there are no tears. Also make sure that it is right-side up. If it is inside out, place some solution on the palm of your hand and gently turn it right-side up.
Start with your right eye. If you get into a routine and always start with the right it means you’ll get the correct lens in the correct eye every time. With your free hand, keep your eyelid open by pressing your eyelashes to your eyebrow and pull the bottom eyelid down with the middle finger of the hand with your contact lens.
Slowly move the lens towards the eye, checking in the mirror that the lens is in the right place. Make sure all the edges are in contact with your eyeball. The lens should gently attach itself to your eye through suction. Blink slowly and rotate your eye to settle the lens in place.
Repeat the process for your left eye.