Choosing what to order on Deliveroo, changing a tyre, cancelling an audible subscription and being a one legged man, in an ass kicking contest...
What do all these things have in common? I'll tell you, they're all easier than putting contact lenses in for the very first time!
Everyone remembers the first time they battled with lenses, and I'm no different. It was about 5 years ago, stood in my bathroom, scared to even touch my eyeball. Not to mention, I had no idea which eye each lens went it...(I even had the same prescription for both eyes...literally CLUELESS)
Long story short, it took me 54 minutes to get them both in. I won't tell you how long they took me to take out!!
It can be tricky to learn how to put contacts in, especially if you're new to them. Wondering how to put in contact lenses for the first time? Or, are you an experienced contact lens wearer looking for a way to improve your technique?
Before you start, wash your hands thoroughly using tap water and antibacterial soap. This is integral to all things eye care, in order to avoid dry eyes or eye infections caused by harmful bacteria. Drying your hands well gives you a good grip: the most hygienic method is using either a lint-free towel or an air dryer.
Step by step: applying contact lenses
1. Prepare the lens
Remove the lens from the packet and place on the opposite fingertip (I normally always use my right index finger for both lenses). Make sure your lens is in the correct position, it should be bowl-shaped in appearance. The lens should sit on the flat part of the tip of your finger, for easier application.
2. Place the lens over your iris
Hold your eye open with your middle finger on the lower eyelid, and your index finger holding your eyelashes against your brow. Simply repeat for your left eye. At this stage - you've got to be confident, don't be hard on yourself if you don't do it first time. I promise you, it will get easier!
3. Insert and centre the lens
When applying the lens, look straight ahead into the mirror, trying not to move your upper eyelid or blink. Once the lens is in place, wait a few seconds for the lens to settle, then look left, right, up and down to allow it to sit comfortably. Finally, slowly remove your finger from your eyelid and gently close your eye.
4. Adjust for comfort
If it feels like it isn't sitting comfortably, there may be an air bubble. Keeping your finger on the centre of the lens, move it around a little to dislodge any air that may be trapped underneath, so the lens fits closely to the shape of your eyeball. You can also close your eye and gently massage your eyelid with your fingertip to move the lens to the centre of the iris. If your lens still doesn't feel comfortable, remove it, clean it with solution, give your eyes a break and return to step 1
It's hard but I promise you it does get easier! I've gone from 54 minutes, to around 30 seconds and it's like second nature to me now! You'll get there I promise!
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