Contact lenses are a great alternative to glasses. Colored contact lenses can also be used to upgrade your makeup look and add a wow factor. Whether it is your first time trying contact lenses, or your 50th time wearing them, we are sure that this guide will make wearing contact lenses a little easier.
Trying contact lenses for the first time can be intimidating. Although you may think adjusting to wearing contact lenses is hard, it isn’t. This guide contains everything you will need to know about contact lenses. Once you have understood all the rules, wearing contact lenses will be as easy as brushing your teeth.
How to put in your contact lenses:
Here is a step-by-step guide that will help you easily place your contact lens into your eye.
Step 1: Wash your hands to prevent dust and bacteria from entering your eye.
Step 2: Rinse your contact lens with contact lens solution.
Step 3: Place your contact lens on your right index finger (left finger if you are left-handed).
Step 4: Make sure your contact lens is facing the right way up.
Step 5: Using your right middle finger, pull your lower eyelid down.
Step 6: Gently pull up your upper eyelid with your left index finger.
Step 7: Place your contact lens in and close your eyes gently in a repeated motion to center your contact lens in place.
How to take out your contact lenses:
Taking out your contact lenses may seem more intimidating than placing them in, but it isn’t. Follow these steps to take your contact lenses out with ease.
Step 1: Make sure your hands are washed and dried before taking out your contact lenses.
Step 2: Gently pull down your lower eyelid with your right (dominant hand) middle finger.
Step 3: Look up and use your right index finger to pull your contact lens down.
Step 4: Pinch your contact lens with your thumb and index finger.
Step 5: Make sure you clean your contact lens after taking it out or throw it out if you are using daily contact lenses.
How to clean your contact lenses:
It is important to clean your contact lenses regularly to avoid bacterial infections and to allow your contact lenses to last for their intended use period. Not cleaning your lenses can cause eye redness and irritation and may lead to contact lenses drying out.
Step 1: Wash your hands with soap and water.
Step 2: Make sure your hands are dry.
Step 3: Place your contact lenses on your palm.
Step 4: Rinse your contact lenses with fresh contact lens solution while gently rubbing it with your index finger.
Step 5: Clean your contact lenses case with a fresh solution.
Step 6: Place your contact lenses in the solution overnight.
Benefits of wearing contact lenses:
If you are considering trying contact lenses, these benefits could make your decision easier. Wearing contact lenses could improve your quality of life, especially if you need to wear glasses.
Contact lenses will move with your eye: The first benefit is that contact lenses allow you to have a clear field of view which is free of frames. Contact lenses are attached to your eye and therefore move with it, allowing reduced distortions. Lenses will improve your peripheral eye vision
Antifog: contact lenses will not fog up while you are wearing them. This will save time and effort as you do not need to clean your lenses while wearing them. Avoid frustration and start wearing contact lenses. Contact lenses will give you a feeling of normalcy.
Contact lenses are easier to workout in: The third benefit to wearing contact lenses is that they do not get in the way while playing sports or working out. You can work out without distractions and while having a 20/20 vision.
Comfort: recently, contact lenses have become more comfortable to wear. The various types of lenses allow you to find the perfect type of contact lens for your eye. Sizes also vary in contact lenses, which will allow you to pick the size that is perfect for your eye shape.
Aesthetics: contact lenses come in many different colors, try colored contact lenses on Ewink. The stunning shades can transform your makeup look. They can be worn for cosmetic purposes only if you do not need glasses. If you do wear glasses, you can get corrective colored contact lenses, which are offered on Ewink.
Common contact lens problems and their solutions:
Redness: it isn’t uncommon for contact lens wearers to experience redness, especially if it is your first time trying contact lenses, your eyes are not yet adjusted to having a foreign object placed on it.
Solution: do not panic. Redness is very common, but it could be a sign that something is wrong. Make sure your lenses are thoroughly cleaned as contact lenses can trap dirt and pollen, which could be the causes of your redness.
Irritation: any burning or itchiness along with redness could be a sign of an allergic reaction. You could be allergic to the contact lens material or the solution used to clean your contact lenses.
Solution: We recommend that you see your ophthalmologist as they can prescribe eye drops that can treat your allergic reaction. If necessary, your doctor will perform allergy tests to figure out the cause of the reaction. If you are allergic to a certain ingredient in the contact lens solution, your doctor will recommend a brand with different ingredients, or materials, if your contact lens material is causing your irritation.
Blurry eyesight: blurry vision while wearing contact lenses can occur when your lenses are not cleaned properly. In severe cases, blurry vision can be a symptom of an infection. You can also get a blurry vision from excessive contact lens use
Solution: it is important to clean your lenses properly to prevent blurry vision and to prevent infections. Make sure you remove your contact lenses every 8 to 10 hours to allow oxygen to reach your eyes. In severe cases, you may need to visit an eye doctor.
Dry eyes: your contact lenses can affect the natural hydration of your eyes over the years and cause your eyes to struggle to keep dirt and bacteria out.
Solution: it is important to adhere to the contact lens replacement schedules and to take proper care of your contact lenses. You can get a contact lens solution that is tailored for your dry eyes, which may help solve your problem.
Contact lens specifications and what they mean:
Water content: the water content of a contact lens describes the percentage of water that the contact lens is made up of. Higher water content levels allow more oxygen to reach your cornea. If you suffer from dry eyes, water content levels of 40% or less would be more suitable for you as they dehydrate less on the eyes. Mid-water content (50%) is suitable for most contact lens wearers. You should however keep in mind that higher water content levels are better for longer wear.
Diameter: the diameter of a contact lens is the width from edge to edge. It is usually between 13 and 15. Different diameters can be used depending on your eye shape and size. Make sure you contact your eye doctor to figure out what contact lens diameter is more suitable for you.
Base curve: the base curve is the curvature of the back surface of the contact lens. Different values of base curvature suit different eyes, depending on your natural eye curvature.
UV block contact lenses: lenses with UV block provide you with extra protection from the sun. They prevent radiation from reaching the cornea and other eye structures. Many lenses have an ultraviolet protection feature to keep your eyes safe.
Use duration: this describes the length of time that you can continue wearing your contact lenses. One-day lenses can only be worn for one day and need to be disposed after using them. They do not require any thorough cleaning as they can be disposed of immediately. One-month lenses can be used for a full month, make sure you only wear your lenses for 8 to 10 hours, to allow your eyes to rest. Monthly lenses require proper care and cleaning to last that long.
Color group: contact lenses can either be transparent (for vision correction) or colored (for aesthetic and prescription purposes).
Oxygen permeability: this value describes the amount of oxygen that can pass through the contact lens. This value is usually around 25 to 50 Dk.