Always Wash your Hands!
So maybe you’re thinking that this is an obvious one. But you’d be surprised at the amount of people who completely forget (or neglect) to wash their hands before putting in their contact lenses. This can actually be very dangerous, as any dirt or bacteria getting inside of the lens and onto your eye can lead to serious infections. Avoid all this unpleasantness by making sure you wash and dry your hands thoroughly before picking up your contacts.
Right-handed – right lens first, Left-handed – left lens first
When it comes to inserting the first lens, it makes perfect sense to choose the one that corresponds to your handedness. Adopting this routine will help to avoid any confusion over which lens belongs in which eye, and will also be an easier application that will, of course, improve your eyesight before applying the second contact.
Check to see if they are the correct way around
You should also make sure that the lenses are the correct way around before applying them. You can do this by picking them up with your index finger and inspecting them to see whether the edges are smooth.
How to apply the contact lens
You’ll want to avoid any awkward or painful mishaps when putting in your contacts, so we recommend using your other hand to lift up your top eyelid as a way to stop yourself from blinking during the application. With the hand that is inserting the lens, use the other fingers (or your thumb) to pull down your lower eyelid, to widen the eye for the lens delivery. Then, slowly move the lens towards your eye with your index finger until it is in its correct place. Finally, slowly let go of your eyelids and close your eye to allow the lens to settle. Then simply do the same for the other eye.
With everything in life, practice makes perfect! And at Feel Good Contact Lenses, we recommend that you leave plenty of time to insert your contacts in the morning when starting out. Over time, and especially if you follow our step-by-step guide, you’ll naturally become a pro at applying your contacts, safely and easily.