The eyes are one of the most delicate parts of our body and they need to take great care. Rubbing your eyes will put scratches on them which can cause impaired vision. While using contact lenses many people are less careful in handling them. The people who are even experienced have also problems in handling them. If these lenses are not handled carefully, they can cause serious damage to your eyes.
These tips can help you to deal with the problems to handle them for everyday use.
Is My Contact Lens Inside Out?
Many people who are new to contact lens are confused whether their lens is inside out. The lens is very jelly type that it can get inverted very easily.
To check whether your lens is inverted or not, place it on your finger so that a cup is formed. Then hold the lens up directly in front of your eyes so that you can look at the side of the cup. If the lens forms a “V” with the top edges flared out, it’s inside out and if it forms a “U” only, it’s in the correct position.
If you’re wearing lenses with a handling tint, place the lens on your fingertip and then look down at it. if the edge of a tinted lens should look very look very tinted then the lens is not inverted.
Some contact lenses have laser marking to recognize the correct side, such as the brand name on the edge. If you can read it properly, then its good and ready to wear.
If your lens is placed inside out in your eye, it will feel uncomfortable but won’t do any damage.
Applying Your Contact Lenses
Always wash your hands thoroughly before applying your contact lenses, but try to avoid scented or oily soaps that might adhere to the lens surface. You must avoid using products containing lanolin and moisturizing lotions which are corroding for contact lens.
Some eye doctors tell to always apply the first contact lens in the same eye to avoid the possibility of mixing up lenses for the right eye and left eye.
Basic guidelines for applying Contact Lens correctly:
- Shake your lens case containing the storage solution gently to loosen the contact lens if its stuck. Do not try pulling the lens with finger or the lens will be damaged.
- Slide the lens out of its case and into the palm of your hand and rinse thoroughly with the appropriate contact lens solution.
- Always place the contact lens on the tip of your index or middle finger, which should be mostly dry.
- With the fingers and thumb of your other hand, simultaneously pull up on your upper eyelid and down on your lower eyelid.
- While positioning the lens on your eye, look upward or forward. You also can apply the contact lens by placing it on the white of the eye.
- To settle the lens close your eyes, roll them in a complete circle and then blink.
- Look closely in the mirror to ensure that the lens is centered on your eye. If it is centered you should feel comfortable and your vision should be clear.
Procedure to remove your Contact Lens:
Always sanitize your hand before removing contact lens from eyes. While standing in front of a sink, use a clean paper towel to cover the drain where the contact lens might accidentally fall.
To remove soft contact lenses look upward or sideways while pulling down on your lower eyelid. Then gently move the lens onto the white of your eye with a finger and then you can very gently pinch the lens with your index finger and thumb and lift it off the eye.
Make sure your finger nails are short to avoid scratching or damaging your eye lens.
To remove rigid contact lens, hold out the palm of your hand, bend over and then open your eye wide. Pull the skin between your upper and lower eyelid, with one finger of your other hand, outward toward your ear with your eye wide open. Now start blinking, the contact lens should pop right out, into your open palm.
You can also buy plungers which is a device for removing contact lenses from your doctors. But be careful while using these devices for removing contact lenses as they should not touch the surface of the eye.
Contact Lenses and UV Light
Exposure to excessive UV light may result in the formation of cataracts, a condition called photokeratitis. Therefore some contact lenses now contain a UV-blocking agent. You can know that a lens is UV blocker or not by reading it on the package only.
Even after wearing UV blocking contact lenses, it is recommended to wear good quality sunglasses as UV-blocking contact lenses only covers the cornea not the entire eye.
Eye Makeup and Contact Lenses
- Makeup can also damage your contact lens so it should be handled with great care. The lens can stick to your makeup which can result in faded vision.
- You can follow these tips to carry both your make up and lenses safely.
- Before applying makeup, wash your hands thoroughly with soap to remove any oils, creams or lotions and then put your contact lenses.
- Cream eye shadow is less likely to get in your eye than powder, but they can irritate your eyes more if they do make it into your eyes. It would be better to choose water-based creams rather than oil-based.
- Keep your eyes closed during application if you prefer powder. Brush off any excess powder before opening your eyes.
- Avoid applying eyeliner between your lashes and your eye. You can apply eyeliner only on the portion of your lashes that is away from your eye.
- Before removing eye makeup, wash and dry your hands, then firstly remove your contacts. Be careful not to bump them into any makeup.
- At least every three months, replace your eye makeup frequently. Avoid using old eye makeup, because over time bacteria will get into the product and then into your eyes, causing an infection. Don’t share your eye makeup with others.