A beginner's guide to wearing contact lenses

FG Contacts Feel Good Team
Thursday, 10 May 2018 Share this blog: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Copy link Copy Link

Wearing contact lenses for the first time needn't be a daunting process, so we’ve compiled a list of handy tips to get you started. Find out the easiest way to put in contact lenses, how to put in soft contacts and how to remove contact lenses.

Contact lenses offer freedom from glasses, complete versatility and are just as easy to wear, so throw away all of those misconceptions and scare stories and try them out for yourself.

Go get your prescription checked

The first thing you need to do if you’re considering wearing contact lenses is go for a proper eye examination from a qualified optician. Contact lens prescriptions and glasses prescriptions are entirely different, therefore, they need two completely different tests. You cannot convert a glasses prescription to a contact lens prescription and vice versa.

Once you have your contact lens prescription however, you don’t need to purchase your contact lenses from your optician. You have the right to ask for your prescription and order contact lenses online.

contact lens on finger

Don’t believe the negative myths

There are many misconceptions and negative ideas about contact lenses that are false. Here is a quick rundown of the main ones:

Contact lenses are too expensive – contact lenses are highly affordable at Feel Good Contacts, and you won’t find your contact lenses cheaper anywhere else. Our comfi lenses offer fantastic value for money, high visual clarity, and are a comfortable and reliable option.

Contact lenses cause eye infections – bad ‘hand hygiene’ while handling contact lenses is what causes infections. It is important that you wash hands thoroughly when inserting and removing contact lenses.

My prescription is too difficult to find, I need to have it ordered from my optician – we stock a wide range of prescriptions for all common refractive errors. Those with astigmatism can order toric contact lenses. Those who have presbyopia can order multifocal contact lenses, while we even have a specialised lens - Proclear Multifocal Toric - for those who suffer from both astigmatism and presbyopia.

I have dry eyes, I can’t wear lenses – this too is incorrect. Silicone hydrogel contact lenses offer the highest level of comfort and breathability and are the best choice for those who suffer from dry eyes. Dailies Total 1 silicone hydrogel lenses are some of our best-selling contacts for dry eyes, offering 16 hours of wear and a high water content to ensure hydration and comfort all day.

a pair of hands holding contact lenses

Practice makes perfect

You may find it difficult to put in your contact lenses at first, and they may initially feel slightly uncomfortable in your eyes. Like everything, however, applying your lenses comes with practice, and your eyes will eventually adjust to having lenses in them, as you become an expert at applying and removing them.

If irritation persists though, remove your lenses and give your eyes a break. You could also consider trying different lenses or seeking advice from your eye doctor.

One of the most common issues for first time contact lenses wearers is trying to apply contact lenses that are sitting the wrong way up. Read our handy guide on how to apply contact lenses the right way up.

Try out different brands

Different manufacturers use different materials and a variety of different technologies in the making of their lenses, which makes some lenses less suitable for some eyes than others. And, while most people find one brand that works well for them, it may take trying a few different brands before you find what works for you.

Remember to speak with your optician or eye care practitioner before trying out any new contact lenses.

How to put in contact lenses for the first time

Many people assume putting in contact lenses is difficult, although it isn't. It may take a bit of practice, but after a few goes most people get the hang of it. It simply takes some patience and a steady hand.

How to put in soft contacts

Putting in soft contacts can seem daunting due to their fragility, however, you'll find that many of or Acuvue soft contact lenses have a 1,2,3 indicator and blue handling tint which makes them easier to apply. Whichever type of lenses you use, you should always use a hygienic method, taking care to wash your hands thoroughly first.

The easiest way to put in contact lenses

For top tips on putting in contact lenses read our lens fitting page which includes a full instruction guide.

How to remove contact lenses

Before you remove your contact lenses, make sure you wash and dry your hands thoroughly. Then simply pull down your lower eyelid and pull up your upper eyelid before touching your eye gently and pinching the contact using your index finger and thumb. Once you have done this all you need to do is look up and slide the lens down onto your finger.

Man removing contact lens

Purchase some handy add-ons

If you’re wearing two weekly or monthly contact lenses, you’ll need to store them at night. We recommend our Feel Good Contact Lens Case, which is also available in a triple pack for when you’re ready to replace your case.

For convenience and value for money, we recommend a multi-purpose contact lens solution that will clean your lenses as well as disinfect, rinse and store your lenses all at once. Highly affordable, comfi All-in-One contact lens solution offers an exceptional clean. Alternatively, if you wear rigid gas permeable lenses, we offer an entire range of solutions that cater to this type of lens. Whatever the lens, it is important for contact lens wearers to use a fresh solution in order to avoid risk of eye infections.

If you suffer from dry eyes, or spend hours looking at a screen all day, you may want to purchase some eye drops. Blink Intensive Tear Vials are convenient, pocket-sized and can be carried around whilst on the go. There’s enough in each vial to treat both eyes, which only require a few drops to soothe them.

Woman wearing sunglasses

Enjoy the freedom!

Contact lenses offer complete freedom from glasses and are far more convenient for those who have an active lifestyle. You won’t have to worry about your lenses slipping off during workouts, or having to endure bad sight simply because you’ve needed to take your glasses off.

Wearing contact lenses also allows you to wear sunglasses when its bright out. And, at Feel Good Contacts, you can discover a wide range of designer sunglasses to suit every style and budget.

For more information on getting started with contact lenses and overall eye care, check out our handy Eye Care Hub. Here, you’ll find a wealth of information about keeping your eyes healthy and contact lenses in top shape.

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