Contact lenses can appear a very daunting change compared to simply slipping on a pair of glasses but the truth of the matter is that lenses are comfortable, easy to apply and remove and even easier to look after.
The obvious start is getting used to putting your contact lenses in; this is a lot easier nowadays thanks to soft flexible lenses, but for some, the idea of playing around with the eye is too much. Just make sure that you are comfortable before you begin. If you are not successful straight away, leave the application for a while and come back to it; being flustered will never help.
Check the instructions for your lenses as brands/types prescribed can vary. Choose which eye you want to begin with and we suggest sticking to that eye so you get used to a routine when it comes to applying your lenses.
Once you have learned how to apply and remove your contact lenses, (you will find it very easy in a short period of time), it should become second nature and any difficulty you encounter might simply suggest the type of lens you are using might need changing.
Before putting the lenses anywhere near your eyes, check that they are free from dust or other debris and soak them in lens solution if you think there is anything that needs removing.
Using your chosen hand, balance the first lens on the end of your index finger and check all the edges are facing upwards so that the lens can be applied smoothly to your eye.
With your free hand, use your index finger to very gently lift your upper eyelid and the middle finger of your chosen hand holding the lens to gently pull down your lower eyelid. This will become easier with experience and practice and you may find you only need to pull down the lower eyelid once you have gotten used to applying contact lenses regularly.
Now move the contact lens towards your eye- a steady hand is best so if you struggle not to shake, try resting your elbow on a flat surface. It is also important at this point not to blink so once the contact lens is on your eye, adjust it so that it is centred on your iris. Let go of the bottom first and only then allow yourself to blink very slowly. This will help the lens find a comfortable position.
Don’t forget to wash your hands before and after and use a clean towel to ensure that they are thoroughly dry.
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