Tips on contact lenses Tips on contact lenses
Sometimes, wearing spectacles can be quite cumbersome. Especially if you’re playing sports, or are doing some intense workout, having spectacles on feels really uncomfortable,... Tips on contact lenses

Sometimes, wearing spectacles can be quite cumbersome. Especially if you’re playing sports, or are doing some intense workout, having spectacles on feels really uncomfortable, and you have to take care not to break them. Or maybe you just want to look good, and most people really do look better without their spectacles. So you’ve decided to try on contact lenses for a change. But wearing contact lenses isn’t exactly a breeze either, and you gotta learn all the rules, all the dos and don’ts. So here goes:

1. Is my contact lens inside out?

A simple mistake that those who are new to using contact lenses make, is misidentifying the sides of the contact lens. Both sides aren’t the same, and there’s only one right way to wear it. To make sure, you have the correct side, place the lens on the tip of your finger and look at it. It should be a very nice round U shape, instead of a V. If you’ve put on your contact lenses wrongly, fret not. This won’t damage your eyes, and will only cause some discomfort and some blurred vision through the lens. Just take it out, flip it, rinse and try again.

2. Putting on your contact lenses

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Before putting your lenses on, make sure to wash your hands. Take note not to use scented or oily soaps that may stick to the lenses.

Make it a habit to always start with the same eye, so that you don’t mix up both sides of lenses sometime in the future.

To put on the contact lens without much hassle, firstly, place the lens at the tip of your index finger. Next, using the middle finger of your hand with the lens, pull down the lower eyelid of the first eye. With the other hand, pull up the upper eye lid, and then gently dab the contact lens onto your eye. Now blink, and roll your eyes to help the lens settle into place.

Make sure that your vision is clear, if not, the lens is not centered on the eye and should be readjusted.

3. Removing your contact lenses

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Now, the removal of the lenses may seem like a daunting task, but have no fear. Like putting on lenses, make sure your hands are washed and dry. Take note to keep your nails short so as to prevent yourself from scratching your eye.

As the white part of the eyeball is not sensitive to touch, maneuver the contact lens onto the white part before gently pinching the lens to remove it off your eye. Tada, that’s how you remove your contact lenses.

Additional tips:

-Disinfect your lenses and the lens storage case regularly. Fungal infections occasionally occur due to dirty storage cases.

 

-Only use the contact lens solution to wet your lenses, and never with water or saliva.

-Replace your lenses regularly. Expired lenses may cause damage to your eyes and vision.

-Don’t reuse the solution to store your lenses, always replace the old one with fresh solution.

Wayne Chan

An idealist at heart, Wayne struggles to reconcile the world in his mind and the world at large. Still, he's not going to let his internal strife stop him from positively impacting the world!

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