Putting in your contact lenses for the first time may seem like a scary process, but trust us when we say it couldn't be simpler. Though you may have a slight amount of difficulty putting in your colored contacts the first few times, you’ll soon get into the habit. It just takes a little bit of patience for the first few times!
Before you get started popping in your contact lenses, make sure you have the following:
A contact lens case.
A bottle of contact lens solution.
We strongly recommend that you soak your contact lenses in solution for at least two hours before putting them into your eyes for the first time. This will both help protect your eyes and allow the contact lenses to slip into place much more easily. Once you've done this, you’re ready to get started!
1. Take Out Your Lens – After thoroughly washing and drying your hands, lift the contact lens out of its case. It is recommended that you pick up the lens with the index finger of your dominant hand. Ensure that the lens sits on your fingertip the right way round – with it curving outwards. (It can sometimes be difficult to tell if a lens is inside out or not, so be sure to inspect it before placing it in your eye.)
2. Lower Your Eyelid – With your other hand, hold your eye open. The best way to do this is to the pull down your eyelid with you index finger, being sure to hold your lashes down as well. If not, your lens is very likely to get caught up in your lashes – which isn't ideal!
3. Place The Contact In Your Eye – Look upwards with your eye, exposing the white, and gently insert the contact lens. You are likely to feel a strong urge to blink when doing this the first few times – which is completely natural – but try to avoid doing so. If the contact lens isn’t in properly, you should know immediately, with it more than likely coming out when you blink.
4. Allow The Lens To Settle – Finally, hold your eye closed for a few seconds to allow the lens to settle in. After this, check in the mirror to see if it’s gone in properly. If it has, then congrats! You've done it!
5. Repeat With The Other Eye – After this, repeat the process in your other eye. Once that’s done, you’re finished! Go out there and rock your new look!
If the process doesn't go well, or you find yourself struggling to put the contacts in, be willing to take a break in order to avoid irritating your eyes too much. Also, remember to reapply some contact solution to them if you feel like they've dried out while you've tried to put them in!
Try not to get frustrated if you can’t get the hang of the process straight away. It’s always worth paying a visit to an optician if you’re having too much trouble – as we’re sure they’d be happy to help you out. An optician should also be visited if you notice anything unusual when putting your lenses in. The health of your eyes is the most important thing!