If you are a glasses wearer, you might have thought of trying Acuvue contact lenses at some point. A hesitation that keeps some glasses wearers from trying contacts is the worry that they are somehow invasive. Perhaps one of the biggest hurdles to using eye lenses is getting comfortable with inserting and removing them.
An important thing to remember about inserting your contact lens are that you are not directly touching your eyes. Understandably, you may have an aversion to making contact with your eyeball, and humans have developed a reflex to avoid doing that. During insertion, your eye is protected from your fingers and nails by the contact lens; you will not experience pain if you correctly insert your contact lens.
Training yourself not to blink as you insert a contact lens is an important factor in making sure that your lenses are comfortably inserted. A wrongly-timed blink can easily knock the lens off your finger with your eyelashes or lid and into a sink or onto the floor. This could leave your lenses dirty or damaged.
Some people find that staring at their fingers as it is placing the lens onto their cornea helps. Others are more comfortable looking slightly upwards or downwards as they insert the lens. Any of these methods are adequate, as long as your eye stays still as you are inserting the lens. It is also important that the contact lens properly lines up with your iris and pupil. This is even more important when wearing colored contact lenses.
As well, another factor in comfortable lens insertion is making sure that your lenses are not inside out when you insert them. Acuvue contact lenses, like many other brands, have a right-side lens indicator printed on each lens. When the lens is oriented correctly on your finger, small numbers will be readable, rather than backwards, on the lens itself. When you insert a contact lens that is inside-out, it will be less comfortable because you will be likely be able to feel the edges of the lens rub against your eye. If that happens, simply remove the lens and reinsert, using wetting solution if necessary. As well, acuvue lenses have a slight blue visibility tint so that you can easily identify the lens on your eye — this makes removal easy.
If you make a mistake, it’s not a big deal. Gently remove the contact lens from your eye by nudging the lens off with the pad of your index finger. Simply rewet your lens with contact solution and try again. At first, properly placing your contact lenses can take a couple tries, but it soon becomes easier.
Remember, contact lenses are a medical device, and their misuse can have serious consequences. Always consult an eye care professional to make sure that contact lenses are right for your eyes, or if you are having problems.
Inserting your acuvue contact lenses does involve a bit of a learning curve, but it is easy to master. Following these tips may help you feel more comfortable using contact lenses. Who knows, you might even be convinced to leave glasses behind forever.
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