Like most eyewear, you’ll need some adjustment period for your contact lenses. Putting in and taking out your contacts can be challenging at first, but you will eventually get used to it. When placed correctly, they will stay in place and allow you to go on with your day without worrying about fogging or water splashes that can obstruct your vision.
Here’s a quick guide to wearing contact lenses from your local optometrist.
How to Put In Your Contacts
Wash and Dry Your Hands
Before touching your contacts, you should have thoroughly washed and dried your hands. Avoid using towels with lint for wiping your hands.
Take a Look at Your Contacts
Stand or sit in front of a mirror, and take your contacts from the case and into your palm. Put one on the tip of your finger, ensuring it doesn’t touch your nails. Before wearing the lens, check it for scratches, tears and debris. If something is on your contacts, rinse them with the prescribed solution. To determine if your contacts are in the correct orientation, fold them in half gently. If there’s no resistance from the lenses, they are oriented correctly.
Use Your Dominant Hand
Take a deep breath and relax before putting in your contact lenses. Hold your lids wide open to keep your lashes from touching your contacts. It will be easier and more comfortable to use your dominant hand for this step. Once you’ve put in your contacts, close your eyes, and move them a little to allow the lenses to lay comfortably.
How to Take Them Out
The more you put in and take off your contacts, the easier and quicker the task will become. Some people can even wear and remove their lenses without a mirror. Moreover, if you experience discomfort while wearing your lenses, it’s advisable to get an eye exam from your specialist.
Follow Your Eye Doctor’s Recommendation
Always follow your eye doctors’ instructions for wearing contacts, and only use the solution they recommend. Good hygiene is essential to safe contact lens wear. Make sure your hands are clean and dry before handling your contacts to avoid infection.
If you wear daily disposables, get rid of them at the end of the day. For weekly or monthly lenses, follow the schedule set up by your eye doctor. Also, it’s never a good idea to wear contacts in your sleep or near bodies of water.
At Spectrum Eye Care, we are committed to providing reliable eye care services. We have a wide range of eyeglasses and contact lenses for different vision needs. Our team can also help determine if you are a good candidate for LASIK eye surgery. Call us at (704) 817-4600, or fill out our contact form to learn more about our services.