Learning how to insert contact lenses into your eyes is usually the hardest part of contact lens wear. Once you learn how, though, it gets to be easier every time you do it. Patience is a must!
Please make sure you have been fitted by a licensed eye care professional before attempting to insert contact lenses. Only use contact lenses that have been fitted for you, and never wear a friend's contact lenses, even the coloured ones.
Before you attempt to insert your contacts, here are a few pointers to make things easier and safer for your eyes.
1. "The lens is sticking to my finger!"
This has to be the most common problem that new contact lens wearers have while attempting to insert contact lenses.
The reasons a lens will stick to your finger are numerous:
- there is too much/ too little solution on your finger
- you blinked too soon
- the lens was not positioned on your finger correctly
- you didn't press enough on your eye (only the edges touched the eye, there was still too much distance between eye and contact)
- you pressed too hard on your eye (the contact lens flipped backwards because of too much pressure)
2. "I can't tell if the contact lens is inside out or not."
Many people have difficulty determining if a contact lens is the correct way, or if it is inside out.
If a contact lens is inside out when it goes into your eye, most people can tell right away:
- the lens is uncomfortable
- the lens doesn't centre on the cornea properly
- the lens might fall out
- your vision is not as good as it normally is, and can fluctuate
I had worn contact lenses for many years before I apparently did not check to see if the lens was correct, and accidentally put it in my eye inside out. I had it in for about 5 minutes, wondering what was wrong with it, was there a cat hair in my eye, was there a small tear in the lens? Finally I took it out and saw that it had been inside out.
How to tell if a contact lens is inside out:
- You might have to put your glasses on to look at the edges of the lens.
- Place the contact lens on the tip of the finger you will be inserting it with. All edges should be up, not tipped down against the finger.
- Hold the lens up against a light source so you can see the edges better
- If the contact lens is the correct way, the edges will be shaped like a bowl, nicely rounded.
- If the contact lens is inside out, the edges will tend to flip outwards, and the lens will look a little flatter, more like a saucer than a bowl. The edges will also look a little darker when inverted.
3. "I'm doing everything right, but the lens is still sticking to my finger!"
There are two possible reasons for this:
1. You just aren't pressing firmly enough onto your eye, or
2. The contact lens is not touching the eye all the way around. In other words, the angle that you are touching the lens to the eye is not quite right. All edges of the contact lens must touch the eye to stay on the eye. If the top edge isn't touching, it won't come off your finger. Same with the bottom, or more commonly, one of the sides.
Because contact lenses for Astigmatism are shaped a little differently, they have their own considerations for inserting and to see if inside out.