How To Insert Contact Lenses
People injure themselves all the time because they don't know how to insert contact lenses. Read this quick guide, and you'll know how to insert a contact lens the easy, painless way.
You will need:
- Wash your hands. We cannot say this enough. Dirty hands have dirty fingers, and sticking dirty fingers in your eyes will just plain hurt. Don't be stupid. Wash your hands before you do anything with your contact lenses.
- Remove your contact lens from its case. Use the pointer finger of your hand, because this is likely the finger that you'll be using to put it in anyway. Try not to drag it along the bottom of the lens case; instead, let it attach to your finger if you can.
- Ensure that your contact lens is right side out. How do you do this, you might ask? When a contact lens is right-side-out, it forms a concave shape, like a bowl with the edges will be curved all the way around. If your lens flares out like bell bottoms, it's inside out. Gently flip it inside out.
- Open up your eye. Using the thumb and forefinger of the opposite hand, open up your eyelids; use your forefinger to hold back your eyelashes. Look downward and proceed to the next step.
- Place the contact lens against your eye. Very gently, place the lens against your eye. You should be able to feel the lens grip your eye slightly.
- Look up, around, and then close your eyes. This is our secret trick for when we put in contact lenses. When you first put the lens to your eye, it might be slightly off. By moving your eye around, you will get the lens to center on your eye, and when you close it, you should be able to feel the lens there. It will also hopefully make sure that the lens has not slipped out.
- Check your reflection to make sure that the lens actually has made it in your eye. So many people don't do this. Sometimes, even when you're experienced or being really careful, the lens might not make it in, or it might slip back out. You should see a soft blueish circle around the circumference of your eye. If it's there, you've done a good job in inserting the contact lens.
Hopefully, this tutorial will save a lot of people's eyes from unnecessary pain from jabbing and incorrect insertion. Your eyes are sensitive, and you need to be careful and hygienic anytime you are putting something in them or removing something from them.