How to Put on and Take off Contact Lenses
If you are interested in wearing contact lenses, and you have not done so in the past, you may have questions about using them properly. Proper use is important so they last for a good amount of time and so that your eyes are not subjected to injuries. At Wally Kojima, O.D. and Associates in Kailua-Kona, HI, our optometry team can help you. Here are tips on how to place and remove contact lenses.
Prepare to Handle Your Lenses
Before you put contacts into or remove them from your eyes, you need to be prepared for the handling of them. This means you need to have all your supplies ready so that you do not need to search for them. This includes your contact lens case, a cleaning solution, and a pair of glasses to wear if necessary. Your hands need to be clean so that you do not transfer debris to your lenses. Wash your hands with soap and water for several seconds before you attempt to touch your lenses.
How to Insert a Contact Lens
After you have gathered your necessary items and have washed your hands, you are ready to place your lenses into your eyes. Remove the cap from one of the lenses you have stored, ensuring that you know which eye it needs to be positioned upon. Place the lens upon the tip of your index finger. Some lenses have imprinted numbers upon their rims so that you know they are not inside out. Use a few drops of contact lens solution to keep the contact lens moist. Using your finger, position the lens so that it is centered across from your pupil and bring the lens closer to your eye. This process is quick and the contact lens will adhere to the eye when it is positioned correctly.
How to Remove a Contact Lens
When you are ready to take out your contact lenses, again you need to have clean hands for the process. Use your thumb and index finger to "pinch" each of your contact lenses from your eyes. This action may take a bit of practice at first. Take your time. You do not need to grasp the lenses with a lot of force. Pluck each lens away from your eye and place it into a storage container with contact lens solution until it is to be used again.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Optometrist
If you are worried about using contact lenses, our optometrist is happy to provide you with instructions on how to do it properly. Contact Wally Kojima, O.D. and Associates in Kailua-Kona, HI for assistance. To schedule an appointment, call us today.