Are You Wearing Your Colored Contact Lenses Correctly?
Dec 07,2022 | Unicoeye® | Colored Contact Lenses
Nowadays, more and more people are using colored contact lenses to change the color of their eyes and accent different makeup looks. When worn in accordance with safety precautions, colored contact lenses are excellent accessories that can harmlessly enhance or transform your appearance—but are you sure you’re wearing yours correctly?
As a professional colored contact lens brand, we did some research and found out that there are a few common mistakes people make when putting in and taking out their colored contact lenses. For example, one mistake is that people do not wash their hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out their lenses. This can lead to bacteria or other contaminants being transferred to the lenses, which may put your eye health at risk. Another mistake is not properly cleaning the lenses themselves, which will cause a buildup of debris on the lenses and lead to irritation and inflammation when they’re worn. Additionally, some people don’t store their lenses in a clean, dry place, which can cause the lenses to become contaminated with bacteria or fungus and eventually lead to eye infections from wearing them. If you wear colored contact lenses, be sure to avoid these common mistakes to help keep your eyes healthy.
Unicoeye, in addition to providing safe and FDA-approved colored contact lenses, also prioritizes educating its customers about vision health. Here, we’ve compiled some important tips for preserving your eye health and avoiding the improper use of your colored contact lenses. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned wearer, we encourage all of our customers to take some time to read these tips for wearing and taking proper care of your lenses.
How to Insert Colored Contact Lenses
- Wash hands thoroughly using tap water and fragrance-free soap to avoid harmful bacteria from your hands sticking to the surface of the lenses. Then, use a clean, dry towel to dry your hands.
- Using your fingertips (not your nails), carefully pick up the lens and place it in your hand.
- Position the lens in the center of your palm, then squirt a stream of contact solution over it to rinse it. If you see any debris on the contact, apply more solution to it and lightly rub it with your fingertip to remove the debris.
- Place the lens concave side up on your index finger. Make sure it isn’t inside out and that none of the side walls are sticking to your finger. It should look like a tiny bowl.
- Look in the mirror, then gently pull your lower eyelid down by using the middle finger of the hand that’s holding the contact lens.
- Move the colored contact lens towards your eye slowly but steadily, then gently place it on your iris. You can look in front of you or up toward the ceiling while putting the lens in.
- Close your eyes slowly and roll them in a full circle to help the lens properly settle in place. Look in the mirror to check that the lens is where it should be and that you have clear vision. If it feels itchy or painful, remove the lens and clean it with a fresh solution before trying to insert it again.
- If the lens is inserted and centered correctly, your eye should feel comfortable and your vision should be clear. If you feel discomfort or your vision is blurry, you’ll need to take out, clean, and reinsert the lens.
- Repeat the process with the other lens.
How to Remove Colored Contact Lenses
- Wash and dry your hands. Wet your hands with warm water, then scrub them for 30 seconds with soap. Rinse your hands thoroughly and dry them with a clean microfiber towel.
- Lubricate your eyes with contact-safe eye drops if you have dry eyes. The drops will wet your lens so that it comes off more easily (this step is optional).
- Pull your eyelid down with your middle finger to expose some of the sclera (the white part) below the iris.
- Touch the lens with your index finger and slide it down. Then, pinch your index finger and thumb around the lens to grab and remove it. Always use the pads of your fingers when you’re touching your contacts, as using your nails may damage the lenses.
- Put the lens in your palm and clean it. Lightly rub each side of the contact lens to get it clean. Then, rinse it again to remove any remaining debris. If your contacts are disposable, you can ignore this step and the following ones and simply throw the lens away.
- Place the lens in its case and add a fresh contact solution.
- Finally, repeat the process to take out the other contact lens.
It’s important to learn how to take care of your contacts, especially if they’re reusable. Colored contact lenses are delicate accessories that have to be cared for appropriately to maintain a safe, comfortable wearing experience, and with the following cleaning and storage tips, your lenses will stay sterile and safe to wear.
- Wash your hands with unscented soap, then dry them thoroughly.
- Hold the lens in the palm of your hand.
- Pour a small amount of contact solution into the palm of your hand.
- Gently rub the lens with your fingertips in a circular motion to remove any dirt or buildup from each side.
- Rinse the lens with some fresh solution to wash away any debris you rubbed off.
- Place the clean contact lens into a sterile contact lens case.
- Colored contact lenses should be stored in solution in a sealed case between uses.
- Only use lens solution to clean your lenses and lens case.
- Ensure that you use fresh solution to clean your lenses and change the solution in the lens case after every use.
- Always inspect the lenses for any damage or tears before storing and reusing them.
- Replace your contact lens case at least every three months.