Are you new to the world of contact lenses and feeling a little overwhelmed about the thought about putting them in? It can seem a little daunting at first, but lots of contact lens wearers have been doing it effortlessly for a long time. Read on for some of our top tips on making the process as smooth as possible.
Wash for success
The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure your hands are clean. Excellent hygiene is a must when going near your eyes. Wash your hands thoroughly using mild soap and warm water to get rid of any dirt or bacteria that may be lurking there. Finish off by drying your hands with a clean towel.
Check the lens
Next, check the contact lens itself isn’t inside out. To do this, position yourself in a well-lit room, put the tip of the lens on the tip of your index finger and hold it up to the light. If the edges flare out then it is inside out. It should look like a bowl with straight edges.
After this, check the lens for any tears or dirt. Don’t forget to handle the lens gently as they are quite delicate.
All systems go
If starting with your right eye use your right hand to gently hold your upper eyelid with your index finger, this is to stop you from blinking. Carefully pull down your lower eyelid with your other fingers. If starting with your left eye – use your left hand.
Next, look straight ahead and move the contact lens toward your eye. When placing the lens onto your eye look upward slightly. Slowly release your eyelid and close your eye for a couple of seconds, allowing the lens to settle into place.
Repeat this process for your other eye.
Come and see us for extra help
When you attend an eye examination at Optical Express, our expert Optometrists can discuss the option of contact lenses. If you are a first-time wearer of contact lenses, we will teach you how to insert and remove them. You will also receive expert support in how to take care of your contact lenses to keep them in tip-top condition and reduce the risk of developing an eye infection. Call 0800 023 20 20 or use our online booking system to schedule an appointment in one of our clinics which are located nationwide.Book an eye test