Contact lenses are a safe form of vision correction, but if not used properly, they may cause some serious consequences.
Putting contact lenses in and taking them out may make your nervous, but there is no need to worry if you follow the right steps. Although, it may take some days until your eyes get used to wearing lenses, give yourself time.
According to CDC, as American Optometric Association states, almost 1 million health care visits for keratitis or contact lens complications occur annually. Therefore, healthy habits are equivalent to healthy eyes.
Consider adopting these healthy habits to ensure you put your contact lenses correctly and lessen your chances of getting an eye infection:
Before you touch your contact lenses, make sure to wash your hands. Also, rinse lenses using a disinfecting solution to remove dirt or debris. Don’t forget to avoid water for rinsing or storing contacts.
Before putting the lenses on, check if they are inside out. To do this, put the lens on the tip of your finger and hold it up to the light. If the edges flare out, it’s inside out. If it happens to have number indicators, make sure the digits aren’t backward.
Place the contact lens on the top of your finger and with one finger hold your upper eyelid. Make sure not to blink and carefully pull down your lower eyelid with your other fingers.
Move the contact lens toward your eye steadily and slowly release your eyelid, allowing your eye to close for a moment so the lens can settle.
Blink a few times naturally, so that the lens centers.
If the lenses feel uncomfortable or irritate your eye, remove them and check for damage or debris. If the lenses are damaged, then throw them away. Otherwise, use solution to rinse them and reinsert.
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