Monday, October 24, 2011

How to Put in Contacts

I personally have always found eyeballs and the mere thought of touching my own to be quite disgusting. Our eyes are delicate, and quite magical in the way they work. Because of this, and stories I'd heard about contact lenses becoming lost in the eye, I'd never wanted to try them. Once I heard of circle lenses though, I really wanted to try them out because of the awesome eye enlarging effect. The tips I've posted here are what got me to finally try circle lenses, and now I love them!

To get over the fear of touching your own eye, and putting something in it, you need two things; knowledge, and practise.

Did you know there is less feeling in the sclera (whites) of your eye than the iris? You can actually touch the sclera and not feel any pain at all! To try it out you just need some contact lens solution; first go to the bathroom and wash your hands and dry them thoroughly. Pour a little contact lens solution on your finger, then look to one side in the mirror. With your clean wet finger, gently touch the corner of your eye. You should feel the pressure of your finger, but no pain. This is because you are not disturbing your eye at all, just gently touching with a wet finger. This is what you will feel when putting in your contact lenses.

Here's the best video to show you how to put in and take out your lenses. It's made by Acuvue, and is what helped my get over my Ommetaphobia (fear of eyeballs)

How to Insert Contact Lenses

  • STEP 1: Thoroughly wash and dry your hands with soap and a clean towel.
  • STEP 2: Rinse your lens with solution to remove any trace of debris.
    Tip: Do not use your lenses straight out of the vial. They must soak in solution for at least 4 hours prior to first use.
  • STEP 3: Place the lens on the tip of your index finger. Be sure the lens is correctly oriented by checking the sides are straight, and not flared out.
  • STEP 4: Use your other hand to hold your upper eyelid so you won’t blink.
    Tip: Be sure this hand is dry to avoid your eye still pulling shut
  • STEP 5: Pull down your lower eyelid with the other fingers of your applying hand.
  • STEP 6: Look to the side and gently place the lens on the white part of your eye.
  • STEP 7: Slowly move your eye to look at the lens to centre it.
  • STEP 8: Release your eyelid and close your eye for a moment, or blink a few times.
  • STEP 9: If your lens feels uncomfortable, remove it and inspect for damage or debris. If it’s damaged, discard it. Otherwise, rinse with more solution and reapply.

How to Remove Contact Lenses
  • STEP 1: Thoroughly wash and dry your hands with soap and a clean towel.
  • STEP 2: Move your head to the side while looking straight in to the mirror.
    Tip: To avoid mixing up your lenses, always apply (and remove) them in the same order.
  • STEP 3: Bring your index finger close to your eye until you touch the edge of the lens.
  • STEP 4: Gently hold it in place as you move your head back to centre. This drags the lens off of your iris without having to touch it.
  • STEP 5: Gently squeeze the lens between your thumb and index finger and remove it.
  • STEP 6: Remove the other lens following the same procedure. Always be sure to rinse your lenses before putting them away.

So, now that you know how easy it is to put your contacts in and take them out, you can order your circle lenses! Just visit the Shop page and there you'll find all our latest styles of circle lenses in stock and ready to ship to you! One more tip, when choosing your first pair of circle lenses, try to go for a smaller (less than 14.5mm) size, and a colour close to your own. This will help you get used to putting them in, and their bright big eyed look!

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