Contact Lenses Fitting & Training

 

Deciding to wear contact lenses can be difficult. We understand you may have a number of questions- Will they be comfortable? Will they be convenient? What are the brands to go for? To help you make the right choice, Optica offers free contact lenses trial and training. Here are some tips how to make wearing contact lenses as comfortable as possible.

FAQs

What do I do if I have long nails and need to insert my contact lenses?

It is always better to keep your fingernails trimmed short. However, in cases where this cannot be done, use the same steps as above except the contact lens should be dragged past the white of the eye and onto the bottom lid. It can then be plucked off the eyelashes.

What if I can't get my eye to open wide enough?

The simple trick here is to reach around over your head and, using just one finger, gently lift the upper lid open. Pull your lower lid down with the middle finger of the hand holding your contact lens. It also helps to keep both eyes open during the contact lens insertion. After a little training, it won't be hard at all.

Why does the contact lens stick to my finger and not to my eye?

Contact lenses are part water and are attracted to wet things. Before handling contacts, be sure to wipe any moisture off your hands with a clean lint free towel. If your fingertips are dry, the contact lens will easily go from your finger onto the moist surface of your eye. Remember to keep your contact lenses wet and your finger dry.

Do I have to put the contact lens exactly in the middle of the eye?

A contact lens won't fit or feel right if it isn't centered. The good news is that the shape of your eye and the contact lens match so closely that even if you put it in off-center, it will usually slide into place by itself.

CONTACT LENSES FITTING

GENERAL TIPS

  • Hands should be washed and thoroughly rinsed before handling lenses
  • A soap that is free of oils, lotions or perfumes is recommended
  • Hands should be dried with a lint–free towel.
  • Use the fingertips to handle lens (avoid finger nails and sharp objects)

INSERTION OF SOFT CONTACT LENSES

  • Check to ensure the lens is clean and damage-free. Place it on the tip of your index finger with the others tucked out the way (the finger should be no wetter than the eye or the contact lens will stay on it).
  • Use your right hand for the right eye & your left hand for the left eye (otherwise the nose gets in the way).
  • Looking slightly across your nose in mirror.
  • Drag the bottom eyelid down with the opposite hand.
  • The white part of the eye is called the sclera and the anterior black is called the cornea. Place the contact lens on the sclera with the bottom edge of the contact lens touching first (the angle the contact lens is placed on your finger is crucial).
  • Press firmly and then release the bottom lid (curvature of cornea - therefore air bubble created).
  • Massage contact lens into place through lids or blink a couple of times.
  • Repeat for the other eye.

Hint: If the contact lens is folding over each time, it means you are blinking before the contact lens has settled. Try holding the top lid. You may find it easier to practice touching the sclera without a contact lens a few times before inserting the contact lens.

REMOVAL OF SOFT CONTACT LENSES

  • With the second finger of your dominant hand or opposite hand, pull the lower lid down.
  • Bend your head forward.
  • Place your index finger of the same hand on the contact lens and slide it down onto the exposed white of the eye.
  • With your thumb and index finger, pinch the contact lens off the eye (don't squeeze too hard).
  • Clean and store the first contact lens before removing the second.

TIPS FOR CONTACT LENS WEARERS WHO USE COSMETICS

Being a contact lens wearer does not mean giving up wearing eye make–up. Below are handy make–up tips for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers

  • Apply makeup after inserting contacts
  • Use eye drops before applying makeupto avoid ruining your handy work
  • Never sleep in your makeup, especially if you wear contacts. Fine bits of makeup can get into your eyes leaving them red, dry and irritated when you wake up
  • If you are prone to irritation around the eye area, consider investing in a bag of disposable mascara wands and use a new one each time you apply your mascara. This will help keep bacteria out of your eyes
  • If you have really sensitive eyes and most mascaras you try lead to itchy reactions, use all-natural hypoallergenic formulas. Additionally, stay away from eyeliners that contain shimmer. The mica in them can scratch delicate skin and cause irritation
  • If you have problems with runny eyeliners either from using eye drops or having eyes that tear up easily, use waterproof eyeliner pencils to ensure they stay in place all day long
  • Stay away from lining the inner rims of your eyes with eyeliner because it can irritate them
  • Avoid pink–toned eye shadowswhich can make your eyes look red, especially if you are experiencing any irritation
  • When applying sunscreen, use a special SPF made for the eye areaand then use your regular facial sunscreen elsewhere. This way, sunscreen won't run in your eyes and cause them to sting
  • Prevent moisturizers from irritating your eyes.Use a cotton swab to wipe the lash line on the top and the bottom after applying eye cream to ensure nothing seeps into the eye