If you have never worn contact lenses before, it can be intimidating to try and figure out how to put them in your eyes. In this article, we provide a step-by-step guide to help you learn how to correctly insert contact lenses into your eyes. Whether you are new to contact lenses or just need a refresher, following these steps will help ensure that your contact lenses are placed properly and comfortably in your eyes.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling your contact lenses. This will help to prevent the lenses from becoming contaminated with bacteria or other debris.
- Remove the contact lens from its storage case, making sure to handle it by the edges to avoid touching the surface of the lens. If you are using a daily disposable lens, make sure to use a fresh lens and discard the previous one.
- Hold the contact lens between your thumb and index finger, making sure that the lens is facing the correct direction. The lens should be concave, or slightly indented, and should have a smooth, rounded edge.
- Look up and gently pull down your lower eyelid with your free hand. This will create a pocket in which you can place the contact lens.
- Place the contact lens on the white of your eye, making sure that it is centered over your iris (the colored part of your eye). You can use your free hand to gently move the lens into position if necessary.
- Once the lens is in place, gently release your lower eyelid and close your eye. The lens should settle into position naturally.
- Repeat the above steps for your other eye.
- If you experience any discomfort or difficulty with the lenses, remove them immediately and consult with your eye care professional.
It is important to follow these steps carefully each time you insert your contact lenses to ensure that they are placed properly in your eyes and to minimize the risk of infection or other complications. Make sure to follow the instructions provided by your eye care professional and the manufacturer of your contact lenses, and never wear the lenses longer than recommended. If you experience any problems with your contact lenses, make sure to consult with your optometrist.
3 Common Misconceptions About Contact Lenses
Contact lenses are uncomfortable to wear.
While it is true that some people may experience discomfort when wearing contact lenses, many people find them to be comfortable once they get used to them. It is important to choose the right type of contact lenses for your eyes and to follow proper care and maintenance instructions to minimize discomfort.
Contact lenses can get lost behind your eye.
It is physically impossible for a contact lens to get lost behind your eye. The eye is a closed chamber, with the contact lens resting on the front surface of the eye (the cornea). If a contact lens falls out of your eye, it will either fall to the ground or become stuck to the lower eyelid.
Contact lenses can pop out of your eye.
Contact lenses are held in place on the front surface of the eye by a thin film of tears, and it is very unlikely that a contact lens will pop out of your eye. If a contact lens does fall out of your eye, it is typically because it has become dislodged or has not been placed properly in the eye.