- Aqualens Support
- Jan 11, 21
User Guide to Wear and Remove Contact Lenses
Being able to see well is essential and that’s what contact lenses are made for! Good vision plays an important role in overall well-being and independence for people of all ages and gender. Contact Lenses are the go-to eyewear for all kinds of lifestyle and career. To get the most out of contact lens wearing experience, you have to be sure to understand the usage of it and take all the necessary precautions.
People are often under the impression that powered contact lenses are used by people who have eye power, but that is not the case all the time. Contact lenses are also available in non-power in color which are generally referred to as colored contact lenses. Contacts are not limited to people with spherical eye power, it can also be used by people with astigmatism which is called Toric contact lenses.
Most of the people choose to wear Contact Lenses because it gives them the freedom to perform day to day activities with ease. It also makes them feel confident and comfortable as it does not cause any hindrance while or after applying makeup and goes with every outfit or look.
We know you are super excited to experience a new way to see the world, contact lenses.
Here are a few steps to follow for easy and comfortable wearability of contact lenses:
Steps to Wear of Contact Lenses-
Washing your hands is a must: Always make sure your hands are washed with soap and water before you even touch your contact lenses. Also, please do not apply any kind of cream or moisturizer before handling contact lenses. Now you are all set to handle contact lenses.
Clean your contact lenses: Now that your hands are all clean, it’s time to rinse contacts with contact lens solution. This step is very important as it removes any residues on them. The right method to clean contact lenses is to gently take out the contact lens from the blister or lens case, put one contact lens in your hand and gently rinse your contact lens with the solution approved by your eye care professional.
Check the Shape of your Contact Lenses : First check is your Contacts Inside Out ? This is done to make sure the contact lens is not inverted & ensures proper wearability. To check the correct shape, all you need to do is put the contact lens on your index finger and if the lens is appearing like a bowl (as shown in the figure) then it is of the right shape, while the edges being flared out is a sign of an inverted lens.
Putting Contact Lens in Your Eyes : Now that you have a brief understanding of how to insert contact lenses, let’s elaborate on the step by step process of putting the lens in eye:
Put the lens on the index finger - Scoop your lens out from your lens case or blister and place it on your index finger.
Do shape check - Check the shape of the contact lens, it is good to go if it is shaped like a taco
Check for any damages - It is crucial for you to check the contact lens for any tear, or damage as it might irritate when inserted in the eye.
It’s finally time to insert the lens - Use your freehand to pull the upper eyelid and use the other hand to pull down the lower eyelid.
Placement of lens - Once your eyelids are apart, you can place the lens directly on the eyeball or on the white part.
Blink blink blink - Once you have placed the lens, you should blink a few times gently till you feel the contact lens is in place.
Close and move your eyeballs - Once the lens is set in the eye, you should move the lens from side to side. This will help you get rid of any air bubbles and help settle the lens.
Repeat the same procedure for other eye.
Steps to Remove Contact Lenses -
Once you have inserted the contact lens and had a wonderful hassle-free experience of seeing the world with contacts. It is time to remove the lenses with utmost care and precaution. Please follow the step by step process below for an easy and comfortable removal of contacts:
Wash your hands: Please make sure to wash your hands with soap and water before removing contact lenses. We would recommend you to stand in front of the mirror, especially in the beginning.
- Remove contact lens from eyes:
- Look straight into the mirror
- Tilt your head slightly and pull your lower eyelid down with your free hand
- Place your index finger close to your eye, pinch the eye slightly using your index finger and thumb.
- Voila! Your lens is out, now you can store it if it’s a monthly and discard them if it is a daily disposable contact lens.
Repeat for the other eye.
Some helpful tips to Remove Contact Lenses easily:
Remember to cut your nails short - Cutting your nails will avoid any chance of scratching or damage to your eyes. This is advised to both beginners and experienced contact lens wearers.
Keep your eye moist - Sometimes due to dry eyes, it feels like the lens is stuck to the eye but it is not the case. All you need to do is moist your eyes with some eye drops for an easy removal of lens.
Removing your makeup first is advisable - Before removing your contact lenses, remember to remove your makeup as there will be no chance of contamination on the lens.
Try a plunger - It might sound like a task but using a plunger is super easy. A plunger is generally used by first time contact lens wearers who face trouble removing their contact lens. This device is directly placed on the contact lens and removes it with ease and comfort.
Storing of Contact Lenses -
Storing of contact lenses is one of the crucial steps for wearing contact lenses. Contact lenses need to be taken care of properly every time you are inserting or removing them.
Here are a few easy steps to follow for storing of contact lenses:
Cleanliness is the key - Always remember to keep your lens case clean and store the contact lenses with a new solution after cleaning the lens case properly.
Do not use Saliva - Only use contact lens solution to clean, store or wet your contact lenses, using water or saliva will damage the lenses.
Using fresh solution is always recommended - Do not give yourself any excuse to use the old solution. Do not put a new solution over the old one existing in the lens case. Instead, discard the old solution and replace it with a fresh solution every time you go to store your contact lenses.
Every contact lens needs to be stored differently - Check whether we need to store contact lenses or not as per disposability of lenses.
Do not Store Daily Disposable Contact Lenses - Are you one of those people who feel lazy and tired to store contact lenses? If yes, then Daily Disposable are your go-to lenses as all you need to do is take them out of the blister, wear them and throw them away at the end of the day.
Storing Monthly Disposable Contact Lenses - These are best Contact Lenses for those people who tend to wear contacts every day and have the time and convenience to store them. You need to wash, rinse and store contact lenses in a clean lens case with fresh contact lens solution. Make sure you never mix new solutions with the old one, always throw the old one away before filling it with a new one.
Few more things to keep in mind to get the best experience of wearing Contact Lenses:
- If you wear glasses and are planning to switch to contact lenses, then you should have your eye power prescription as your contacts.
- Always ask your eye doctor before you get your first pair of lenses or are planning to switch to a new brand or trying a new kind of contact lens.
- We would suggest you to always check the expiry date of contact lenses and check for any tear while wearing them.
- Please remember to keep your contact lenses away from water, whether or not it is in your eyes.
- Now and then you might feel an urge to rub your eyes while wearing contact lenses but please avoid as it might cause an injury to the eye.
- Sharing is not caring when it comes to contact lenses. They are personalized according to your eyes and apart from this, it is not hygienic to share contact lenses.
- If you feel that your contact lens has dried out, the best thing to do is discard them and wear a fresh pair.