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How do I put on and take off my contact lenses?
How do I put on and take off my contact lenses?

In the field of vision correction, little has changed in recent years. There are glasses, lenses and laser surgery to choose from for the nearsighted. And if for the latter for various reasons - from financial to emotional (scary after all!) - few decide, then almost everyone is ready to replace uncomfortable glasses with lenses.

What are the benefits of contact lenses?

Many people like them for the following benefits:

  • not visible to the eye;
  • do not change your appearance and your style;
  • if there is a desire to change the color of the iris, then it looks imperceptible, like your own eye color;
  • are not felt;
  • complex care is long in the past;
  • you can not shoot for a long time;
  • do not interfere, like glasses, wearing hats of any shape, sun glasses and any makeup;
  • The only way out for swimmers (masked), entertainers, etc.

In addition, this cannot be considered an accessory, since they are invisible, and they do not have to be matched to the image, like the frames of glasses.

And the most important advantage is that the quality of vision is strikingly different from the best glasses - glass or plastic. Even rimless glasses still limit the field of view, while the lens in the eye gives one hundred percent vision - perfect vision.

Are there any disadvantages?

There are, of course, nuances, for example, it will not work to completely correct a very strong myopia - over minus 8, this is only partially possible. Not everyone likes to "pick" the eyes, and the sensitivity of people is completely different. So there are those who do not like this exit. It happens that the mucous membrane of the eye desperately does not accept the "foreign body", there is a burning sensation and cramps, tears flow - in a word, it does not fit.

Without trying, you will never understand whether it is yours or not. And even the first time it is not clear whether it is always worth wearing them - it would be necessary to test the object for several days, evaluate the sensations, adapt to remove and put on a contact pair over the eyes. By the way, it is this process that discourages some from using such a convenient thing.

Indeed, there is some difficulty at the initial stage in removing and putting on a contact pair over the eyes without incident. There are some of the most common annoying mistakes and ways to avoid them. But first you need to make sure that the general instructions are straightforward.

Who will help you choose and teach you how to put on and take off?

So, the selection is dealt with by an optometrist in a store with optics. An eye examination before buying is mandatory, as is the decision on the degree of vision correction. Usually, ophthalmologists recommend not to correct vision completely, for example, at minus 3, 5 it will be correct to wear minus 3, so as not to overstrain the visual apparatus. Excessive harshness only hurts and causes fatigue.

Right there in the store, when buying, they give instructions and in practice they teach you how to take off and put on both eyes: wash and disinfect your hands, teach you how to handle a container, liquid, tweezers, explain the structure of an object and how to wear it, how to care.

Putting a pair on the client, the consultant offers to look around - this is the first "test drive", during which it becomes clear that the object "sits" well and does not interfere with the eye. By the way, the discomfort disappears within 10-15 minutes, this must be taken into account and carried out in the salon. In the future, a habit is formed, and there is no discomfort at all.

After a while, the consultant must offer you to remove the lenses from your eyes and help you do it yourself. In principle, another person can also remove the lens from the eyeball, in extreme cases, using tweezers with soft silicone "fingers". But this is a rare exception, usually everyone does it with prompts, on their own and with their own hands.


  1. Wash the hands.
  2. Prepare everything you need for the procedure in advance.
  3. Pull out the right lens with tweezers and place it on the index finger of the hand that is more convenient for you to work with.
  4. Put the lens on your finger with the convex side so that the concave part, like a cap, sits on the eyeball.
  5. Bring to the open eye and attach to the eyeball, in the center, on the iris and pupil.
  6. "Squeeze": cover the eyelid over the lens, or vice versa, open your eyes wider and blink so that it straightens out on the iris.
  7. Make sure that nothing gets on the mucous membrane - there is no burning and stabbing sensations of a foreign body.
  8. You can proceed to the second eye.

After the successful completion of the procedure, it is necessary to clean up the container, first removing the liquid from it, and drying it, for example, with a paper towel.

How to shoot:

  1. Wash the hands;
  2. Prepare container, liquid and tweezers;
  3. Start pulling out from the right eye;
  4. Place your finger on the lens and pull it down from the eyeball, to the lower eyelid, until a fold is formed, which can be grabbed;
  5. Clean on your hand and rinse in liquid, place in a container.

Only a specialist should remove with tweezers! This will eliminate the possibility of eye damage.

Useful tips for beginners

To fully master the skill and ensure the safe use of the item, you need to learn some more rules regarding hygiene and storage. Having done all the steps correctly the first time in the ophthalmologist's office at the optician's salon, you will have to repeat this each time yourself, without neglecting the advice.

So, it is important to pay attention to the cleanliness of your hands. They must be washed with soap, preferably not very fragrant, without the addition of cream or scrub, so that nothing remains on the fingers. Cream, lint from towels, particles of paper napkins can burn painfully.

Containers for beginners, and all containers that are attached to the liquid for storage, always have one feature - the right container under the right side is painted. Or at least the container has a mark by which you can determine which side is right. The fact is that it is very important to observe this rule - wear the right lens on the right eye, and the left one on the left.

Contact lens tweezers are small plastic tweezers with soft silicone fingers that do not scratch the lens. You need to store it in a special case or box attached to it. Its purity is also very important. If the tweezers are dropped, they must be washed with soap and dried. Do not leave it open so that dust does not fall on it, and through it on the lens and into the eye.

It has been noticed that the lens clings to a dry finger better. Wet can be slippery and difficult to hold or move if necessary. Try to immediately correctly and conveniently lay it out with tweezers on your finger in order to put it on the eye as quickly as possible. A completely transparent hemisphere that has fallen to the floor can be lost forever.

It is not recommended to use your fingers to "sit down" the pair on the eye, neither for the first time, nor for experienced users. It is better to move through the closed eyelid, as if scratching, or simply by rotating the eyeball.

If dust or eyelash does get in, it can cause burning and pain right away. What to do in this case? There is only one way out - to remove the pair, rinse it in a solution and clean it mechanically (with a finger on the palm of your hand), rinse it again and put it on again. Under no circumstances should a foreign body in the eye be tolerated!

The removal procedure for the first time should be after 3 hours of wearing, the second time after 5, and the third time after 8 hours of continuous wear. On the third or fourth day, you can wear 10-12 hours or more, as much as necessary and as much as possible indicated in the manufacturer's instructions (sometimes up to 2 days, depending on the brand and model). A break is necessary for the eyeball to adapt to pressure and lack of air and tears.

Exercise and a calm attitude, even a little composure, helps in this situation. Correction of vision requires some skill, but it is easy to acquire it, otherwise so many people in the world would not have made their choice in favor of this method.

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