Contact lenses can have a considerable difference in the quality of vision and hence quality of life for you, but it is vital to handle them carefully. Improper care leads to serious infections and other major issues that could debilitate your vision. That is why it is very important to know the tips for putting in contacts.
If you have been putting on contacts for some time already, or are new to them, here are useful tips to put contacts in so as to enhance the quality of your vision and long-term eye health.
The most prevalent type of hard lens is called a rigid gas permeable lens. These hard lenses permit oxygen to get to your cornea and last longer than soft lenses. However, hard contact lenses are more infection-prone and not as comfortable as soft lenses. Hence, soft contact lenses are more commonly used.
Despite their differences, follow the aforementioned guidelines to put hard and soft contacts in the same way.
Note that contacts (especially hard lenses) may feel slightly uncomfortable for the first few days, particularly if you are a first time user.
If your eye feels dry, use rewetting drops made specifically for contacts to moisturise.
If a lens hurts, or irritates your eye after putting it in:
If you are unsure about putting content lenses in their eyes for the first time, try doing so at your eye doctor’s office first.
Even if you have worn glasses for a long time, you would need an exam and a new prescription for contact lenses. Eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions are different. Book an appointment for an eye check.
E. Hersh, “How to put in contact lenses: Easy Step-by-step instructions,” Healthline, 21-Nov-2019. [Online]. Available: https://www.healthline.com/health/eye-health/how-to-put-in-contact-lenses#how-to-remove. [Accessed: 07-Aug-2022].
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