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How to Wear Contact Lenses: 8 Contact Care Tips You Never Knew

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Have you ever attempted to wear contacts? The optometrist's instructions can't completely prepare you for it. That first harrowing moment of attempting to stick a foreign object in your own eye — brutal!

Contacts are essential for many vision-impaired people. But, it's not always simple to figure out how to wear them. Some tricks are only learned through experience and trial-and-error.

We've compiled a list of all the lesser-known tips to help you figure out the best way to get the most out of your prescription lenses.

Tips for Avoiding Inside-Out Lenses

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While an inside-out lens can be uncomfortable, it can't harm your eye. In the beginning, you might put your lenses in the wrong way. These tricks can help you avoid most issues.

Check the Shape

Balancing the lens on your index finger, bring the contact level to your eye and look at it from the side. A lens that sits the right way up will have a half-sphere, tapered shape. An inside-out lens will curve out slightly at the sides, like a bowl or "U" shape.

Tinted Lenses

Some lenses have a feature called a "handling tint." This special feature only shows when looking straight down into the contact. You will see a blue or greenish tint around the rim. If the contact is flipped inside-out, these bright-colored edges won't be visible.

Check the Tag

Certain brands may also contain a small brand name marking along the rim. If your contacts are well positioned, this logo should be legible. If not, it would appear inside out.

Application Tips

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Keep Those Hands Clean and Product Free

You know to wash your hands before applying your contacts, but the kind of soap you use also matters. Avoid any scented or oily soaps that might contain substances such as mineral oil or lanolin. The fragrance or oil can transfer to your lenses and cause eye irritation.

Also important is to avoid using moisturizers, lotion, or even towels that tend to be linty.

Keep Your Case Clean With Contact Lens Solution

Always rinse your contacts with a contact-appropriate solution. Never use solutions designed for the naked eye. They can cause irritation and damage to your lenses.

Washing and replacing your contacts case is as important as keeping your contacts clean. After putting in your contacts, always clean out your case with solution and leave it open to air dry.

If you wear makeup, remember to put your contacts in before you apply cosmetics. Never put eyeliner or other eye products directly on your waterline. And, use very small amounts of glittery makeup, or avoid altogether. To remove makeup, take contacts out first before washing your face.

Removing Your Contact Lenses

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You should wash your hands to make sure they are clean before removing your lenses. A helpful tip is to lay a paper towel over the drain of the sink to prevent accidentally losing a contact lens down the drain.

If you're having trouble grabbing your lens to remove it, try this technique. Slide the contact into the white of your eye, then gently pinch between thumb and forefinger to dislodge. Gas-permeable contacts should fall right out of the eye into the open palm. You will need to bend forward while holding your lids apart with the opposite hand.

If you’re having trouble removing your contacts, don't panic. Take a break, take a few deep breaths, and go back to it after a rest. Pushing yourself only increases the chance you might scratch your eye or cause irritation.

Extra Safety Tips

How to Wear Contact Lenses? Safety First

The most important aspect of wearing contacts is to always place the safety of your eyes first. If your eyes feel uncomfortable, choose your glasses. Next, seek advice from your eye care professional. You can replace your contacts, but not your eyes.

Don't wait too long to replace your contacts and cases. The most important advice about how to wear contact lenses? Keep your lenses clean and fresh at all times!

If you need help choosing the right kind of contact lenses for your needs, contact us. We'll get you seeing clearer in no time.

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