Many individuals new to contact lenses, as well as some skilled users, have practical questions about contacts.
These pointers can assist you deal with everyday contact lens issues.
What You Should Know Before Start to Use Contacts?
Is My Contact Lens Inside Out?
A question numerous newbie users have is: “How can I tell if my contact lens is inside-out?”
The technique is to place the lens on your finger so that a cup is formed. Then hold the lens up straight in front of your eyes so you’re taking a look at the side of the cup.
If the lens forms a “U” with the leading edges flared out, it’s completely. If it forms just a “U,” it’s in the proper position.
If you’re using lenses with a handling tint, another way is to place the lens on your fingertip then look down at it. The edge of a tinted lens should look very blue (or green, depending upon the tint); that will not hold true if the lens is inverted.
Some contact lenses likewise have a laser marking, such as the trademark name, on the edge to assist you. If you can read it appropriately, the lens is not completely.
Don’t stress if you put a contact lens in your eye completely. The lens will feel uncomfortable, however it can’t do any damage.
Using Your Contact Lenses
Make sure you clean your hands thoroughly prior to applying your contact lenses, but prevent scented or oily soaps that may adhere to the lens surface. Specifically prevent using products containing lanolin and hydrating lotions.
Some optometrist say to always apply the first contact lens in the very same eye, so you’ll avoid the possibility of mixing up lenses for the right eye and left eye.
Other fundamental standards for contact lens application consist of:
- Carefully shake your lens case containing the storage solution, to loosen the contact lens must it be stuck. (Don’t attempt pulling at the lens with your finger, or you might damage it.).
- Slide the lens out of its case and into the palm of your hand. Rinse completely with the proper contact lens solution.
- Place the contact lens on the pointer of your index or middle finger, which need to be dry or mostly dry.
- With the fingers and thumb of your other hand, at the same time bring up on your upper eyelid and down on your lower eyelid.
- Position the lens on your eye while looking upward or forward, whichever you discover to be simpler. You likewise can apply the contact lens by positioning it on the white of the eye closest to your ear.
- Carefully close your eye, roll your eyes in a complete circle to assist the lens settle, and after that blink.
- Look carefully in the mirror to make sure the lens is fixated your eye. If it is, the lens ought to be comfy and your vision needs to be clear.
Removing Your Contact Lenses
Always wash your hands prior to eliminating contact lenses. If you are standing in front of a sink, use a clean paper towel to cover the drain where the contact lens may accidentally fall.
To remove soft contact lenses, look upward or sideways while you take down on your lower eyelid. With a finger, carefully navigate the lens onto the white of your eye. There, you can extremely carefully pinch the lens together with your forefinger and thumb and raise it off the eye.
Till you master contact lens elimination, you might want to keep your fingernails brief to avoid unintentionally scratching and harming your eye.
Gas permeable contact lenses can be removed by holding out the palm of your hand, flexing over, and after that opening your eye large. With one finger of your other hand, pull the skin in between your upper and lower eyelid (just outside the lateral element of your eye) outside toward your ear with your eye large open. Then blink. The contact lens ought to pop right out and into your open palm.
Devices for getting rid of contact lenses, called “plungers,” likewise are offered from your optometrist, and can be used to touch and straight get rid of a lens from your eye. Simply make sure you touch only the lens and not your eye’s surface area with these devices.
While you might hear a myth or two about somebody “losing” a contact lens in the back of the eye, this is in fact difficult since of a membrane that connects your eye to the back of your eyelid.
Contact Lenses And UV Light
Scientists have linked ultraviolet (UV) light to the development of cataracts. Direct exposure to excessive UV light likewise might lead to a condition called photokeratitis.
That’s why some contact lenses now contain a UV-blocking agent. You cannot inform if a contact lens has a UV blocker just by taking a look at it — the obstructing agent is clear, so as not to disrupt vision. The contact lens product packaging will define if the item has a UV blocker, or you can ask your eye doctor.
Extremely important: UV-blocking contacts are not suggested to change sunglasses. A contact lens covers just your cornea, not your whole eye.
Nevertheless, UV-blocking contact lenses do help protect the part of the white of your eye that is covered from formation of growths such as pingueculae and pterygia.
Sunglasses with UV security can cover more of your eye and the parts of your face that surround the eye, depending upon the size of the sunglass lens. That’s why contacts with UV blockers are designed to match sunglass use as an added defense.