If you have ever struggled to put a contact lens in, you know how frustrating it is to insert a lens when you are in a hurry. Lenses stick to your finger, fall off or your eyelids slip out of your grasp and snap shut when you try to put your lenses in quickly. However, there is a special tool designed to help quickly insert and remove both soft and hard contact lenses.
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Things you need
- Contact lens "handler" tool
- Contact lens plunger
- Saline solution
- Rinsing solution
Wash and dry your hands with a lint-free towel. Start with your right lens first. Make sure your lens is not inside out to save time. According to the Corneal and Contact Lens Society, the lens edges will point up if the lens is correct and flare out if the lens is inside out. Place your contact lens on the cupped indentation of the lens handler, also called an "SLH" or soft lens handler. Your contact should be moist. Put a drop of saline or rinsing solution recommended by your eye doctor on the lens if it is dry.
Reach over your head with your left hand and gently grasp the edge of your upper right eyelid. Hold your eye open as you move the lens handler toward your eye. You can also pull down on the lower lid with the middle finger of your right hand if necessary. Place the lens over your iris, the coloured part of your eye. The lens will adhere quickly to your eye. Use a mirror if necessary to watch as you insert the lens.
Pull the lens handler straight back and gently let go of your lower lid, then your upper lid. Repeat with the left eye.
Use a tool called a plunger to insert hard, also called rigid gas permeable, contact lenses. Wash and dry your hands on a lint-free towel. Place your right lens on the plunger. Place a drop of saline or rinsing solution recommended by your eye care practitioner.
Pull your bottom right eyelid gently down with the index finger of your left hand. Gently place the contact lens on the centre of your eye. Use a mirror if necessary to watch as you insert the lens.
Pull the tool straight back and gently release your lid. Repeat with your left eye.
Tips and warnings
- Lens inserting tools come in many different styles. Some tools are lighted or angled in special ways to help people with low vision or ergonomic challenges. Check with your eye doctor to find out which type of contact lens insertion tool he or she recommends.
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