How to Fit a Contact Lens Correctly
Fitting a contact lens correctly is important to ensure healthy eyes and comfortable wear. If your eyes are red and sore or itchy and dry, or if your vision is blurred, there is a likely chance that your contacts have not been put in properly. This can not only lead to uncomfortable wear but can cause long term damage to the eyes, especially the cornea.
At Feel Good Contact Lenses, our main priority is good eye health and so we have provided some handy hints and tips on correct lens insertion and care below, so your eyes are as healthy and beautiful as ever, even with lenses on.
The Do's of Proper Contact Lens Fitting
Do make sure your hands are clean BEFORE you put your lens in. Wash with mild soap and water, and dry with a lint free towel.
Do use both hands when putting in a contact lens – one hand to hold the lens and the upper lid and the other to hold your lower lid down.
Do look directly at the lens and try to use a mirror whenever possible – place the lens directly on the iris and slowly release your hold on your eye.
Do get rid of any air bubbles. This is very important as if there are any air bubbles underneath the lens surface, it can cause extreme discomfort. Close your eye and roll it gently to rid it of any air bubbles. You can also massage to lids very lightly, but make sure you do not rub your eyes as this can cause the contact lens to move around or even fall out of the eye.When removing lenses, hold the eye open as before with both hands and use the forefinger to slide the contact down to the lower part of the eye. Then use the thumb and forefinger to pinch the lens and remove without folding it too much.
The Dont's of Contact Lens Fitting
Don’t ever use tap water to rinse your contact lenses or the lens case.
Don’t use saliva to wet your lenses. Try to take out the lens and use the contact lens solution provided to clean it and re-insert.
If you swim, do not wear your contact lenses underwater unless they are daily disposables. Even then, try to wear goggles where possible and throw the lenses away immediately afterwards.
Don’t, under any circumstances, wear your contacts whilst showering or if in a sauna or hot tub.
Don’t sleep in your lenses unless they are designed specially for this. They can cause your eyes to dry out and stick together, making taking them out difficult afterwards.
Don’t ever wear torn or damaged lenses. They cause more harm than good and are not recommended for maintaining good long term eye health.
Don’t wear lenses if your eyes feel sore, itchy or dry and do not use contacts beyond their sell by date.