The fear of putting contacts in is one of the things that holds the most people back from switching to contact lenses. Fortunately, though, with a little practice and some simple tips, you too can learn how to put in contacts easily. It’s also important to keep in mind that wearing contact lenses makes good optical hygiene even more important.
How to Put in Contacts Easily
If you’re just learning how to put in contacts easily or you’ve always had trouble, don’t worry. This method simplifies the process and will ensure that you will be able to put your lenses in like a pro in no time.
1. Maintain Your Lenses Properly
The first step to make putting in contact lenses easily is to make sure you store them properly when you’re not wearing them. Not only does that mean you should store your lenses in a designated case in contact lens solution, but it also means that you should dispose of them at the designated time. Wearing your lenses beyond the recommended date increases your chance of infection as well as torn lenses and other issues, which complicates the process of putting in your lenses.
2. Rinse Your Hands
Once you’ve located your lenses, be sure to thoroughly wash your hands before opening the lens case. Use soap and warm water, and be sure to rinse completely to avoid irritating your eyes with any soap residue. Dry your hands with a clean cotton towel or air dryer, if available.
3. Remove One Contact at a Time
One of the big benefits of contact lenses is that they accommodate eyesight correction in which the prescription is different in the right and left eyes. If that is the case for you, it is especially important to only remove one lens from the case at a time. You should also make it a habit to start with the same eye each time you insert your contacts, as this will also help you avoid confusing the two lenses.
4. Situate the Contact on Your Index Finger
As you remove the contact from the case, make sure to do so carefully to avoid ripping it. Then choose which index finger with which you feel most comfortable, and situate the lens hollow-side up on the tip of your finger. To double-check, position your finger at eye-level and make sure the contact looks like a half sphere or bowl.
If you notice that the lens’s edges are flared out, it means the contact is inside out. Gently adjust the lens and place the contact on your finger again. Quickly check the contact for any rips, tears, or debris that may have remained on the lens even after transferring it from the lens case.
5. Pull Open Your Eye
When you are ready to insert the lens into your eye, begin by gently stretching the upper lid upward with the index finger of your opposite hand. Do the same with the lower lid, only pulling it downward, with the middle finger of the hand you are using to insert the contact. (This hand is typically your more dominant one.)
6. Move the Lens Toward Your Eye in a Slow, Forward Motion
Situate the lens at the level of your eye, and then carefully move your finger forward to bring the contact toward your eye. Try to focus in the distance rather than on the eye in which you are putting the contact to help you avoid blinking and to make the process easier.
7. Situate the Lens on the Eye
Carefully situate the contact over the center of your iris – the circular, colored part of your eye. If necessary, slide it over your eyeball gently to move the lens into the correct position. If you need help adjusting the lens, you can actually close the eye with the contact on it and look in all directions – up, down, left, and right – to correct the placement.
8. Slowly Close Your Eye and Blink
Once you have gotten the contact lens situated, carefully release both lids and allow your eye to close slowly and deliberately. You don’t want to dislodge the lens before it has had a chance to seal in place. As you blink, notice any pain or discomfort. If the lens feels uncomfortable or hurts, there may be something wrong with the lens or you may have gotten it in wrong. If that is the case, simply remove the contact, cleanse it, and try again.
9. Repeat the Process for the Other Eye
Once you have successfully inserted the first contact. Begin again with the other lens. Move slowly and deliberately through the process and don’t get frustrated if it takes you a few times to get it right.
10. Empty the Contact Case
After you have gotten both contacts in and comfortable, pour the used contact solution of the contact case, rinse it, and then securely close the lid(s) on the case. Keep your case in a safe, nearby location in case you should need to remove your contact lenses for any reason. Likewise, do not reuse contact solution in your case as it could spread infection and some serious life-altering conditions.
Tips for How to Put in Contacts Easily
If you find you are still having trouble putting in your contact lenses even after following this method, try these suggestions:
- Stay calm and avoid psyching yourself out about the process of inserting your lenses.
- Try moistening the tip of your finger with the lens on it to keep the lens from rolling up or tearing.
- Find a spot in the distance to focus on as your insert each lens.
- Ask someone you know who wears contacts to show you how he puts his contacts in.
Learning how to put in contacts easily can seem like a nearly impossible task when you first start wearing them. However, with a little practice and following this method, you’ll get the hang of it in no time. Just remember to properly care for your contact lenses and be sure to always wash your hands before putting in or taking out your lenses.