Here are our top tips for getting the most out of your Coloured Contact Lenses!
Wearing Contact Lenses;
Often people are put off wearing Coloured Contact Lenses, as they believe that they are difficult to wear. This isn't the case. Coloured Contact Lenses are easy and comfortable to wear, once you know how!
When wearing your Coloured Contact Lenses you must ensure that your hands, especially your fingertips, are clean of any bacteria or debris- as you don't want anything harmful getting in your eyes. Apply any hand cream or hand products after applying your coloured lenses, because if these solutions come into contact with your lenses they could potentially cause you discomfort.
Before attempting to wear your new coloured contacts you must first soak your lenses in a multipurpose solution for at least six hours, or overnight before wearing- unless your Coloured Contact Lenses are 1 Day Lenses, and can be worn straight from their packaging. This will not only help clean your lenses but it will also help to soften your coloured contacts- making them easier to apply, and more comfortable to wear.
Now that your Coloured Contact Lenses have been thoroughly soaked in the multipurpose solution, you can now wear them! Place one of the lenses on your palm and rinse it with several drops of saline solution. Repeat this rinsing process to ensure all traces of multipurpose disinfecting solution , that you used to soak your lenses is fully removed. Place the lens on your index finger. Open one of your eyes and look into the mirror. Pull down your lower eye lid with the middle finger of the same hand, and then pull up your upper eye lid gently with another hand. Place your lens to your eye, lift your finger, leave the lens in, and blink a few times. Repeat the same procedure on the left lid, and you're done!
* Tip: If your lens feels uncomfortable, remove it and inspect for damage or debris, rinse with more solution and reapply.
Removing Contact Lenses;
This is a question we're frequently asked, as some people are under the impression that the removal of their Coloured Contact Lenses will be painful. But this simply isn't the case- the removal of your coloured lenses should be simple, easy and painless, if not, there's something wrong! Just remember, applying contact lenses can sometimes take some practice, and the same can be said about removing them, but if you stay calm and refrain from panicking you will soon master the process- after all practice makes perfect!
Before touching your contact lenses, wash your hands properly with soap, water and a clean towel- make sure there are no trace of soap on your hands, as this product may irritate your eyes. Look up at the mirror and pull down your lower eye lid, and then bring your index finger close to your eye until you touch the lower edge of the lens. Slide the lens down to the lower white part of your eye. Gently squeeze the lens between your thumb and index finger and remove it. Remove the other lens following the same procedure. Then you're finished!
* Tip: To avoid mixing up your lenses, always apply and remove the lenses in the same order.
Cleanliness is the most important thing to remember, when wearing Coloured Contact Lenses. It’s important to care and follow proper maintenance for successful wearing, or you risk the result of infection.
Cleaning and disinfecting solutions are important to kill micro-organisms, which are responsible for eye infections. Remember to always use fresh solution and discard solution from lens case after each use- never use the same solution after you have used it once. Saline solution is for rinsing contact lenses before wear. Daily cleaner is for cleaning contact lenses. Place a few drops in the palm of your hand and carefully rub the lens for as long as directed, usually around 20 to 30 seconds, making sure to clean both sides. Multipurpose solution is for cleaning, rinsing, disinfecting and storing your contact lenses. Clean your lenses as you would with daily cleaner, then rinse, disinfect, and store with multipurpose solution.
Proper lens case cleaning and frequent case replacement are essential for minimizing the risk of contamination and infection. Rinse the lens case and covers regularly. Coloured Contact Lens cases should be replaced at least every three to four months.
Do's and Don't;
1. Do not sleep with your contact lenses in your eyes
You must never sleep in your coloured lenses as it's extremely dangerous, and can cause eye infections.
2. Tap water should not be used for rinsing or storing lenses
Tap water contains chlorine, minerals and metal particles, which can damage both the lenses and your eye. Most importantly, water contains micro-organisms, which can lead to serious infections of the eye.
3. Don't Panic when removing lens or feeling lens is lost behind your eye
The lens can NEVER get lost behind your eye. The lens should work itself around to where you can see it. If the lens does not work itself around, try putting some re-wetting drops or a few drops of saline solution into your eye. Next, look up, down and from side to side to attempt to move the lens. You can also close your eyes and gently move your finger over your eyelids around the socket of the eye to reposition the lens. This may help move the lens to where you can see it more easily.
4. Put in your contact lenses before applying makeup
To avoid contaminating your contact lens, put your contact lens in with clean hands before apply makeup. When removing your makeup, be sure that you wash and dry your hands. Once you have done this, remove your contact lenses and then remove your makeup.
5. Remove your lenses immediately if you develop unusual pain, experience stinging, redness, unusual blurred vision, discharge or light sensitivity.
Contact lens discomfort can occur for a variety of reasons. If you notice any of the above symptoms, immediately remove your lenses. If the lens is damaged, do not put the lens back on your eye.