Contact Lens Insertion and Removal

If you’re a lens newbie you might have some concerns and apprehension about getting up close and personal with your eyes. Not to worry. Follow these 4 quick and easy steps to get started.

Insertion

1. Always wash your hands with antibacterial soap. Dry your hands with a clean towel.
2. Place the soup shaped contact lens on the tip of your sparkling clean index finger. Make sure that the lens is formed in a bowl shape. If the edges are flaring out, the lens must be flipped the other way. If you insert the lens the opposite way, you’ll feel discomfort and have to remove it for proper insertion again.
3. Using the other hand, hold your upper eyelid open with your middle finger and pull your lower eyelid down with the fingers of the hand holding the contact.
4. Move the lens slow and steady on top of the surface of your eye. Slowly release your eyelids and close your eye to let the lens settle. Repeat on the other eye.

Removal

1. Make sure your hands are clean and dry. Bringing one hand to lift your upper eyelid and the other to hold down the lower eyelid, look up.
2. Take your index finger from your bottom hand and slide the lens down to the center of your eye.
3. Hold the lens between your thumb and index finger and lightly squeeze the lens to remove from the eye. Repeat on the other eye.
4. Discard lens if disposable or move on to this guide for proper care of extended wear.


Tips and Tricks

– I like to use my dominant hand to hold the lens on my index finger  while the other hand holds the upper eyelid open. This allows for more steady control when inserting or removing the lens. Always insert the first contact lens to the same eye to avoid any confusion in right/lens contact to according eye.
– Always thoroughly clean your hands with antibacterial soap before touching your eyes or lenses. Dry with a lint-free towel to prevent any dirt or oil on your fingertips from reaching your eyes. Avoid scents and oils in soap that may contaminate the lens. Keep away from using lotions until after your lens have been properly removed or inserted.
Good habits are as addictive as bad habits. Create a schedule and routine to clean and care for your lenses. Make sure to replace your lenses as recommended by your eye doctor as needed.
– Keep your fingernails short to avoid scratching or damaging your eye during insertion or removal.
– If your eyes feel dry during the day, you might want to turn the air conditioning down and stay away from smoke. Exposure to dust or even lengths of time in front of a computer can dry out your eyes.
– Practice makes perfect. The first couple weeks might be frustrating, but with time you’ll be able to get them in and out in no time.
– Although at first lenses may feel strange, you’ll eventually get used to the feeling of the lenses on your eyes. At some point, you won’t even notice.
– Blinking keeps the eye moist so position your computer or books lower than eye level to encourage blinking.
– Keep hydrated to prevent your eyes from dehydrating. Use rewetting drops to keep eyes moist.
– Never rinse your contact lenses with water or any liquid other than contact solution.

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by Insider Envy Staff

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