Contact lenses are a popular alternative to glasses. They don't fog up or get rained on, and they improve your peripheral vision as well as your regular eyesight. They are easy to care for and comfortable to wear. However, they are not always easy to insert, particularly if you have small eyes. The human blink reflex can interfere as your lens-holding finger approaches your eye, making things even more difficult. Overcome these challenges with perseverance and practice until you are able to insert contact lenses, even if you have small eyes.
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Wash your hands. In addition to being one of the ways through which germs enter the body, eyes are also extremely sensitive. Any residue or particulate on your fingers that get transferred to your contacts will cause discomfort.
Remove your lens from its container and rinse it with saline. Place it on the tip of your index finger and examine it to ensure it is not inside out. If it forms a u-shaped bowl with its edges pointing straight up, it is not. If, however, the edges flare out slightly, then it is inside out. Inserting a lens in your eye that is inside out will not cause any harm, but it will feel strange and fall out easily when you blink.
Use the hand that is not holding the lens to pull apart the lids of the eye in which the lens will go. Roll your eyeball upward so you are not looking directly at the lens. This is helpful because it reduces the blink reflex, which makes it difficult to keep your eyes open.
Place the lens on the bottom part of your eye. From that eye, it will look as though your finger is touching directly below your field of vision. Slowly close your eye and roll it down to position the lens and let it settle.
Tips and warnings
- If a lens feels gritty upon insertion, blink several times to allow your tears to rinse it. If this does not help, rinse your eye with sterile saline or remove the lens and rinse it with sterile saline and reinsert.
- If you wear make-up, apply it after your lenses are inserted. This prevents debris from the cosmetics being transferred onto the lenses as they pass between your eyelashes.
- Your contact lenses should be comfortable. If they sting or burn upon insertion, remove them immediately to prevent injury to your eye. Stinging can result from cleaner that has not neutralised properly, or if you have erroneously rinsed the lens with cleaner instead of saline.
- Never rub your eyes with contact lenses in them. This can cause the lenses to move further up under your eyelid and become difficult to remove.
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