Have you decided to give contact lenses a try? If so, and you have made the decision to dispense with prescription glasses for a few hours and replace them with contact lenses, you are probably now wondering how to put on contact lenses for the first time. But don’t worry, because this is a doubt that arises for all people when they must face the challenge of wearing contact lenses for the first time.
Therefore, in Optics & University Audiology we want to make the transition from glasses to contact lenses as easy as possible and that you solve your doubts about the main concern of all those who start wearing contact lenses: how to put on contact lenses for the first time.
What are the advantages of contact lenses?
Today contact lenses have been a breakthrough for people who need to correct a visual problem and have found a lot of advantages of wearing contact lenses, as they allow greater freedom in the day to day and when practicing high-intensity sports, since everyday actions are not hindered by the frame and offer the same visual quality as prescription glasses.
There are many reasons why you may have switched to contact lenses, but, without a doubt, that will mean an improvement in the comfort of your day to day and you will see your style renewed in addition to ensuring the best quality for your eyes.
Do not worry because your vision specialist will be in charge of telling you how you should put on contact lenses for the first time and how you should carry out their maintenance. However, it does not hurt that you keep in mind some tips to put on and take off your contact lenses correctly.
Tricks to put on contact lenses for the first time
- Wash your hands with soap and water before handling contact lenses
Before putting on contact lenses for the first time it is important that you have clean hands to avoid transferring any substance from your hands to your eyes that may cause some irritation in your eyes. That is something that you should take into account not only the first day you put them on but every time you put them on and take them off.
- Dry your hands with a microfiber towel
It may seem like an insignificant detail, but we must avoid drying our hands with towels from which small threads can come off that will remain in our hands and then we will take to the eyes. Above all, make sure they are thoroughly dried before putting on contact lenses.
- See if the lens is in the correct position
It is normal that when you use contact lenses for the first time you do not know how to see the correct side of the lens, so it may be useful to put it on your fingertip and check that it is shaped like a bowl or bowl. That will indicate that you are in the right position.
- Always start with the same eye
In order not to confuse the lens of the right eye with that of the left and vice versa, decide on one eye to start every time you put on the contact lenses, so you will avoid making one of the most common mistakes of people who wear contact lenses for the first time.
- Open the eyelid carefully
The last step to put the contact lenses correctly is to separate the upper eyelid from the lower one, so while with one hand you put on the lens, with the other you must hold the upper eyelid up so that the lens can easily enter and is well placed.
- If you notice discomfort, use artificial tears
You’ve already taken them a few hours and you notice that you don’t feel comfortable because you notice dry eyes. At this point you can use artificial tears to moisturize your eyes even with contact lenses on, although if you see that this option does not work, remove the contact lenses, clean them with a single solution and try to put them back on. It is normal that at first it is difficult for you to do well at first, so you can try again.