If you’re new to wearing contact lenses, it can seem like a daunting thing to approach. But they are easier than you might think to get into the habit of wearing and they’re a great alternative to glasses, with their popularity making them even easier to get hold of, even delivered straight to your door with Pure Optical. It’s important to keep your eyes healthy and there are some best practices that will make wearing contact lenses easy while also ensuring you maintain good eye health. These are ins and outs of wearing contacts that every contact lens-wearer should know.
Keep Things Clean
The first thing to remember is that whether you’re putting your contacts in or taking them out, you should never touch them unless you’ve thoroughly washed your hands before. It’s very easy for bacteria to spread from your hands to your lenses, which can cause eye infections. So, always wash and dry your hands before you begin the process. Water can also harbour bacteria so don’t rinse your lenses under water or touch your lenses with wet hands. You should even avoid wearing them in the shower so as not to risk water getting on the surface.
Use Fresh Solution Every Time
It might be tempting to reuse a solution to store your lenses, but it’s important to freshen it up every day. Don’t reuse saline solution and always stick to the expiration date on the bottle so that you know it’s fresh and safe to use. It’s also a good idea to clean your lens case regularly and replace it every three to six months.
Putting Your Lenses In
The process of putting your contact lenses in might seem daunting at first, but you’ll soon realise how quick and easy it is. Once you’ve washed and dried your hands, open the foil packet if you’re using disposable lenses, or your case lid if you have reusable ones, and use your index finger to scoop out the lens. Check that the lens is the right way up – if there’s a lip on the edge, it’s inside out – and check that there’s no tears or debris on the surface.
Use a few drops of saline solution to clean the lens and then place the lens on the tip of your finger, using your free hand to gently pull the top eyelid up and your bottom eyelid down slightly. Bring the lens towards your eye and gently touch it to your eye – it will fall into place on its own, so you don’t need to press your eye. Once the lens is on your eye, move your eyes from side to side and then close them to get rid of any air bubbles under the lens. And you’re done – just repeat on the other eye and your lenses will be in place.
Taking Them Out
When you’re ready to take out your lenses, look straight ahead into a mirror and tilt your head down slightly. Pull your lower eyelid down and then use your finger to move the lens down to the white of your eye so you can gently pinch it out. Repeat on the other side, cleaning your lens in between with fresh solution if you have reusable lenses.