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How to Put in Contacts

If you're using contact lenses for the first time, you might be a little nervous about putting them in your eyes. Since the eye area is naturally sensitive, it makes sense that you might be a little hesitant to use contacts for vision correction. However, putting your contacts in your eyes can be quite easy as long as you follow the proper steps. With a little practice and patience, you can learn how to put in contacts so that it can become second nature.

Wash Your Hands

You should always wash and dry your hands thoroughly before touching your contact lenses. Your hands can contain all kinds of dangerous germs and bacteria that have the potential to cause irritation or an eye infection. The natural oils on your fingers can also transfer onto your contacts, making them blurry and creating excess buildup. Wash your hands using a gentle soap that's anti-bacterial and free from perfumes and dyes. Then, dry your hands using a soft, lint-free towel.

Check the Direction of Your Lenses

It's not too uncommon for people to accidentally put their contacts in the eyes inside-out. Always check to ensure that your lenses are facing the right side up before insertion. Put one lens on the tip of your finger and hold it up to the light. If you notice that the edges seem flared out, your contacts are inside-out. Some brands include an indicator that can help you put the contacts in your eyes correctly. If the numbers are not backward, then your contacts are facing the right way. The shape of your lenses should always look like a tiny bowl with straight edges.

Putting the Lenses in Your Eyes

Remember to try and use a steady hand as you put your contacts in your eyes. Take your time and be patient, especially if you're new to wearing contacts. Use your right hand and gently hold the upper eyelid with one finger. This will ensure that you don't blink by accident, and it helps to keep your eyelashes out of the way. Slowly and carefully pull down on your lower eyelid using your other fingers to create an opening for the contacts. Try not to put in contacts while you have makeup on, such as eyeliner or mascara. These cosmetics can create tiny debris that can get onto your lenses and fingers. Instead, put the lenses in with clean eyes, and then apply your makeup afterward.

Move Your Contact Lenses

Once your lens is inserted, you'll need to move it so that it covers your eye in the correct position. Steadily move the lens toward your eye and look upward as you place it directly onto the eye. Slowly release your eyelid, and then close your eye for a few seconds. This will help ensure that the lens settles properly and that you can see clearly once it's in place. Repeat the exact same steps for your other eye. If you need help putting in your contacts, ask your eye doctor for help. They should walk you through the steps the first time you get a prescription for contact lenses to help you continue to put them in confidently for years to come.


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Please make sure you get your eyes examined regularly and always follow your eye care professional's instructions for the proper use and care of your contact lenses. It's important to note that if you experience any pain or discomfort from your contact lens, discontinue use immediately and consult your eye care professional. WARNING: IF YOU ARE HAVING ANY UNEXPLAINED EYE DISCOMFORT, WATERING, VISION CHANGE, REDNESS, OR LIGHT SENSITIVITY, REMOVE YOUR LENSES IMMEDIATELY AND CONSULT YOUR EYE CARE PRACTITIONER BEFORE WEARING YOUR LENSES AGAIN.

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