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HOW TO PUT CONTACT LENSES IN - A BEGINNER'S GUIDE

Putting contact lenses in for the first time can be a bit daunting. But! Although we instinctively try to keep things away from our eyes, you’d be surprised at how easy it is to put something in them, especially if you follow our 5-step guide below. Oh and it might be helpful to remember, you’re actually putting something on your eyes, not in them. Sounds a bit nicer now, doesn’t it?

THE FIVE MAGIC STEPS

1. Wash your hands
It’s important to make sure you have no contaminants (that’s anything you don’t want to go in to your eyes) on your hands. Use plain soap to wash them, then rinse and dry to make sure they’re free of dust, germs or makeup. Ok that was easy enough. Bring on step two.

2. Always start with same eye
You’d never try to put your shoes on the wrong feet would you? Lenses are a bit like shoes (well, a little bit!) in that they have a left and a right to fit each eye. Because they look identical once they’re out of their packaging, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of starting with the same eye, and the same side of the box each time.

3. Handle lenses carefully
Place one on your index finger and check it’s the right way round – it should be curved upwards, like a bowl. Then once you’ve cleaned your lens with some solution you’re ready to pop it in.

4. ‘Popping’ them in
Holding your lens with one hand, use the other hand to hold your eyelid up. Then, either looking straight at the lens or away to one side, place the lens on the surface of your eye. Repeat on other side.

5. Blinkin’ heck. You’re done!
Blink a few times to check your eyes feel comfortable. If they don’t? No problem. Simply take your lenses out, clean them with a multi-purpose solution, and reapply after using eye drops. And then? Smile! You won!

FAQs

Will the contact lens slide to the back of my eye?

In one word. No. In more words: the conjunctive membrane makes this impossible.

Will my contacts get stuck?

Nope. They’re designed to slide in and out easily.

Ok then. Does that mean they’ll fall out?

Really not going to happen – this is nigh on impossible.

If you wear makeup and are concerned about how this will fit in with lens wearing, why not check out our previous blog all about combining the two: looking good and seeing well. And if you do need any more help or are still unsure about anything, visit your optician or eye doctor, who will be able to show you what to do.

And in the meantime, take a look at this handy video guide from Coopervision which shows just how easy inserting contacts can be.

So there we go. It really is as easy as that. And soon you’ll be able to do it with your eyes closed. Oh wait a moment, that doesn’t sound right…

Eye Openers: Your Stories

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Comments

  • confused myopic
    a year ago

    the text says 'hold your eyelid up' but the picture shows someone holding her otton eyelashes donw - which one is right?

    Reply
    • Petru Culin
      a year ago

      Hi there. Thank you for pointing this out. I will ask my marketing colleagues to clarify this in the article. When applying lenses, you must hold the upper eyelid as well as the lower one, so your eye is completely open. Please feel free to watch the video in the article, it will give you a better insight. Happy to remain at your service.

      Reply

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