Contact Lens Use Tips
Inserting Contact Lenses can cause some concern. Here are a few tips to help alleviate any worries.
- Wash your hands with a mild soap, rinse completely, and dry with a lint-free towel. A wet finger may cause a soft lens to flatten. Avoid using fingernails to handle your lenses.
- If you’re working near a sink, close the drain
- Get in the habit of always working with the same (right or left) lens first to avoid mix-ups
- Pour the lens and storage fluid from the case into your palm
- Inspect the lens for particles, deposits, or tears
- Place the lens, cup side up, on your dry forefinger. Determine if the lens is right side out. If it’s right side out, the lens’ edge will appear almost straight up. If inside out, the edges will flare out slightly. Another test is to place the lens on a crack in the palm of your hand and then cup the hand slightly. This will flex the lens. If the edge of the lens curls inwards, it’s the correct way out; if the edge curls outwards and wraps onto the palm of the hand, it’s inside out. If it’s inside out, reverse it.
How To Insert Your Lenses
- Hold the upper lashes (or lids) to prevent blinking
- Pull the bottom eyelid down using your middle finger
- Look up so the white part of your eye shows
- Place the lens onto the exposed white part of your eye
- Or, instead of looking up, look straight ahead at the lens and gently place it in the center of your eye
- Remove your finger and let go of the lids, bottom lid first, and then top
- Look downward to help position the lens, then close your eyes momentarily
- Apply one or two drops of lens lubricant (eye drops) if your lenses feel dry or if blurry vision occurs during wear
- Follow the same steps to insert the other lens
How to Remove Your Lenses
- Wash and dry your hands and close any nearby drains
- With your head straight, look upwards as far as you can
- Place your middle finger on the lower eyelid of your right eye and pull the eyelid down, then touch the lower edge of the lens with the tip of your index finger.
- While still looking up, slide the lens down to the white part of the eye with your index finger.
- Still looking up and holding the lens under the index finger, move your thumb so that you can compress the lens lightly between the thumb and the index finger. Then gently remove the “folded up” lens from the eye.
- If you have difficulty removing the lens, place a few comfort drops in the eye, wait moments and try again.
- Remove the left lens following the same procedure
Follow Professional Advice
- Wear your contacts only for the length of time recommended, even if they feel comfortable
- Remove, clean and disinfect your lenses at the intervals prescribed
- Have regular check-ups
- Don’t sleep or nap while wearing your contacts unless specifically indicated
- Don’t use any eye medications without consulting the doctor
For more information please schedule an appointment with your Triangle Visions eye care provider, and we will be in touch with you shortly.