Insert contact lenses may seem a little intimidating at first, but with practice and patience, it becomes a quick and easy process. Here is a step by step on how to insert contact lenses:
Step 1: Hand Washing
Wash your hands with mild soap and dry them with a clean towel. Make sure there is no soap residue on your hands, as this could irritate your eyes.
Step 2: Preparation of the Workspace
Place a well-lit mirror in a place where you feel comfortable. Have a tissue and contact lens case on hand.
Step 3: Removing the Lens from the Case
Take one of the contact lenses out of the case. Make sure it is clean and submerged in fresh saline solution.
Step 4: Rinse the Lens
Rinse the lens with the saline solution recommended by your optometrist. This removes any debris from the case and helps lubricate the lens.
Step 5: Lens Preparation
Place the lens on the tip of your index finger, making sure it forms a “U” shape with the edge facing outward.
Step 6: Eye Opening
Use the fingers of your non-dominant hand to keep your eye wide open.
Step 7: Lens Placement
With your dominant hand, use your middle finger and thumb to support your upper and lower eyelids, creating a space to place the lens.
Step 8: Placing the Lens on the Eye
Look directly into the mirror and gently place the lens on the surface of your eye. Make sure you are looking forward and not down, as this can make placement difficult.
Step 9: Centering the Lens
Blink a few times to make sure the lens is centered and comfortable. If you feel any discomfort, remove the lens and rinse it again before trying again.
Step 10: Repeat for the Other Eye
Repeat the process for the other eye. It is important to be consistent with the order in which you place the lenses to avoid confusion.
Always follow your optometrist’s recommendations regarding the type of saline solution and lens care.
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If you are having trouble inserting your lenses, don’t hesitate to ask a friend or family member for help, or consult your eye care professional.
Remember that practice makes perfect. At first, this process may take longer, but over time you will get used to it and feel more confident. If you experience persistent discomfort or difficulty, contact your optometrist for additional guidance.