How many times did you wish you could get rid of those ugly spectacles and enjoy your spectacle free look? Then, contact lenses are one of the best ways to achieve a natural clean look without losing the vision correction.
Contact lenses are available in multiple variants and are suitable for most individuals, and their vision needs. Whether you’re a sports person or a retired person, contact lenses are perfect for you. All you need is the knowledge to take proper care of your contact lenses so that you can enjoy them without stressing.
How to Wear and Remove Contact Lenses:
Wearing and removing contact lenses are quite tricky and it might take you a few tries before you get the hang of it. But once learnt you can do it easily and without thinking twice. Here are a few simple tips to keep your first time contact lens wearing experience pleasant.
- First get your eyes checked by a trained eye specialist and consult whether you are a good candidate for contact lenses. Though contacts suit most people, it’s best to be sure before you invest in pricey contacts.
- For people who need vision correction the whole day, then contacts can act as a good option? But choose one with high water content and according to your prescribed type. Some of you might be prescribed to wear Gas Permeable contacts while some may be advised to wear soft contacts.
- Avoid cosmetic lenses, and try to wear contacts made especially for your vision problem. Choose from brands like Alcon, Bausch & Lomb and Johnson & Johnson.
- For first time users trim your nails and make sure you wash your hands with an unscented soap and water and let it air dry.
- Then take out the contacts from its case and place it on your palm and use contact lens solution to moisten it. Then take the lens on your right hand index finger and hold your upper eyelid with your left hand.
- Looking into the mirror use your ring and little finger to hold your lower eyelid down so that you can get an unobstructed view of the eyes. Now place the lens on your eyes and move your eyes quickly so that the lens settles into the right place.
- Keep blinking quickly to produce tears for the lens to get placed successfully. And repeat on the other eye in the same manner. Don’t rub your eyes and use a bit of eye drops to calm the eyes and reduce the redness.
Taking care of your Contact Lenses after wearing:
For lenses that have a wearing time of more than a day, you will need to store them in special containers and disinfect them so that they don’t get contaminated. Here are some quick tips to avoid problems like infections and eye discomfort with long wearing lenses.
- Always remove and wear lenses with clean hands and use lens solutions to moisten lenses prior to wearing.
- Don’t over wear lenses, lenses come with a wear time and extended wearing the lens even after the suggested wear time will create problems for your eyes. Always keep a second pair at hand and throw away the lens as soon as the prescribed wear time is exhausted.
- Always change your lens solution every day, and change your lens case every six months to avoid any infections.
- Always use multipurpose lens solutions to clean lenses. Lens cleaning removes dust, dirt, proteins and bacteria from lenses and keeps them safe for wearing.
- Don’t sleep with your lenses on, and alternate between the spectacles and lenses to avoid long term lens wearing problems like lack of oxygen supply to your eyes, changes in the thickness and shape of the cornea, formation of micro cysts and vision loss. Also possible eye problems include swelling of the cornea, dry eyes, inflammation, allergic reaction, infections etc.
So, be a smart contact lens wearer and take proper care of your contacts. Follow these tips and get the maximum use out of your contact lenses.