How to Put in Contact Lenses


When I first thought about wearing contact lenses, I thought there was no way I was going to be able to put a substance on top of my eye.  I thought it would feel terribly uncomfortable and be virtually impossible.  I was pleasantly surprised by how easy and how comfortable it really is.  However, I must warn you that it will only remain comfortable if you take care of your contact lenses properly.  Today we will discuss how to put in your contact lenses properly as well as how to take care of your contact lenses in order to prevent any eye problems from occurring as a result. 


First of all, when you are getting up in the morning and you are ready to put your contacts into your eyes, you need to wash your hands with soap and water.  Since you insert your contacts with your finger, if you do not wash your hands to get rid of germs, you will basically be putting the germs right into your eyes via your contacts.


The second step is to use the ring finger of your right hand to take the lens out of the container.  Be careful not to use your fingernails so that you do not scratch or tear your contact lens.  Your lens should stick easily and quickly to the tip of your finger.

Third, using your middle finger and your left thumb, you should pinch the lens very gently using your right ring finger and place it on the tip of your right index finger.  The lens needs to be facing upright like a little bowl on your finger now and should be nearly ready to put into your eye.


Fourth, you are ready to put the contact lens into your eye.  While the lens is still on your right index finger, you will need to use your right middle finger to pull down on your right bottom eyelid and use your left middle finger to pull up on your right eyelid.  With your eyelid pulled apart, you need to slowly push the lens of your right index finger towards your eye, and then you will need to place it gently on it.  Once it is in place, you will then let go of the eyelids and blink a few times.


This is how to put in a contact lens.  See how easy it is?  If you put it into your eye and it still feels uncomfortable after a few blinks, then you can take your contact out, dip it into your contact solution again, and then try to insert it into your eye again.


Taking Care of Your Contact Lens

To keep your eyes from becoming uncomfortable or even infected, it is essential that you keep your contact lenses clean.  First of all, if your contact lenses are not meant for extended wear, then do not wear them overnight.  This is very bad for your eyes.  Do not try to overextend the life of your contacts either.  Get rid of your contacts after the usable time recommended by your optometrist.  It is important for first-time lens wearers to be instructed by an eye care professional regarding how to care for your contact lenses.


In general, you will keep your contacts in a closed container every evening where they soak in an approved solution.  This solution will not only keep your lenses moist but will also clean and disinfect them.  Your lenses should always stay in the solution.  Do not leave them out for even a few minutes or they will dry out.  Do not use water on them, as this will also ruin your contacts.  You should also never leave your contact lenses exposed to air or to dust.  Some lenses also require periodic cleaning.


Some people experience dryness in their eyes when wearing contact lenses.  If this is the case for you, you can use rewetting drops, but be sure to speak to your eye care professional to find out what type to use.  If you ever experience any discomfort, stickiness, or any other problem of any sort, you should consult your doctor to find out the problem.

Types of Contact Lenses

One type of lenses are colored lenses for extended wear. These are contact lenses that are soft, made of plastics that are flexible and are allowing the oxygen to pass through your eye’s cornea.  The extended lens wear’ length depends on the type of the lens and the evaluation of your doctor for your overnight wear tolerance. Some doctors will prescribe disposable lenses with planned replacement, and they are removed, then disinfected, and reused prior to being discarded. The newer soft contact lens materials often are made using silicone hydrogels so that more oxygen is passing through your eyes’ cornea.

The rigid gas permeable lenses are usually less expensive for the life of the lens since they will typically last longer than will the soft lenses.  The increased ability of soft contact lenses to holding water is increasing the soft lenses’ oxygen permeability, but at the same time, it will also increase their fragility too.

There are a number of types of lenses available for cheap prices, and these include rigid gas permeable lenses, disposables, extended wear lenses, and soft contact lenses.