How to put contacts in: a guide for beginners
Wanting to see perfectly without glasses can feel free. However, some may be concerned about the difficulty of putting the contacts in, especially for people new to contact lenses. With these tips, you will be able to put your contact lenses in like a pro.
Which is the easiest way to put in contacts?
"Many of my patients who are just starting out wearing contacts have trouble telling if their contact lens is inside out" says Dr. Wende of ContactsDirect. "The trick is to make sure your contact lens forms a cup when it is on your finger."
When the top edges of the lens flare out, the contact lens is inside out. Instead, the proper position is when your contact forms a perfect "U." You can tell by holding the contact in front of your eyes so that you are looking at the side of the cup. Don't worry if you place your contact inside out in your eye. You will feel some discomfort in wearing lenses immediately. Don’t panic; simply remove the contact lens safely, invert it, and place it back into the eye.
Put in contacts: an easy guide step by step
"When my patients ask how to put in contacts, I always tell them that there is a process that starts before you actually put the physical contact in your eye ” says Dr. Wende. For him, the easiest way to put in contacts starts with the following:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and dry with a lint-free towel before applying your contact lenses. Avoid any oily or heavily scented soaps or any products that contain moisturizing components. Lotions or oils can transfer from your fingertips to the contact lens, making it very uncomfortable upon insertion.
- Before you open up your contact lens case, gently shake it to ensure the contacts are not stuck. Gently shaking the case will loosen the contact lenses from any part of the case. If you forget to shake the case and pull the stuck contact away with your fingers, there is a chance of damaging the lens.
- Place the contact lens into the palm of your hand and rinse with an approved contact lens solution. Your doctor can help you select the right kind. Then, place the contact lens on your index or middle finger.
- Pull your upper eyelid up and pull down your lower eyelid with your free hand. Place the contact straight onto your eye, then gently close and roll your eye to ensure the lens is in position.
- "Your lens should be comfortable and clear" says Dr. Wende. If it’s not, take it out and try again.
Contact Lens Safety Tips
Learning how to put in contacts for the first time can be tricky, but after practice and following these tips — it will become second nature. Keep in mind these Dos and Don'ts to make the process easier.
- DO disinfect and clean your contact lenses and storage cases regularly.
- DO replace your contact lenses regularly, according to your doctor or the manufacturer's instructions.
- DO gently rub contact lenses when cleaning, even when using a "no-rub" solution.
- DON'T place contact lenses in your mouth or use saliva to wet them.
- DON'T "top-up" old solution in your contact lens case. Discard and replace it with fresh solution.
- DON’T wear them longer than instructed.
Once you get the hang of taking care of your contact lenses, the process becomes second nature. Your contact lenses will allow you to see clearly without the weight of glasses on your face. With the help of your eye doctor, decide which type of contacts are best for you. Explore all the top brands from ContactsDirect today!