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Proper care for contact lens users

Contact lenses should be stored in proper disinfecting solution. You need to wash your hands and fingers well before

Tips for contact lens users

*Wash and rinse your hands before you handle your lens.
* Clean, rinse and disinfect your lens each time you remove them
*Wear a pair of goggles while swimming
*Handle your lenses with fingertips; avoid any contact with your fingernails
*Apply make up after inserting your lenses
*Use a lens case that clearly indicates left and right
*Do not reuse any lens care solutions
*Do not use saline to disinfect your lens

inserting them. Fingernails could damage your

 contact lenses so you can use a rubber tube which is recommended for handling them.


A single lens

Begin inserting the lenses with the right eye. Place the lens on the tip of your index finger. Then place the middle finger of the same hand close to your lower eyelashes and hold the lower lid down. Pull the upper eyelid upwards with the middle finger of the other hand. Now look straight ahead and gently place the lens on your eye.

Release the lids slowly and blink. The lens needs to be centered. If it is in another area of the eye close your eyelid and gently massage the lens into place through the eyelid. Repeat the same procedure with the left eye.

If you need to remove the contact lens, once again make sure that your hands are clean. See if the lens is centered on your eye and pull the lower lid down with the middle finger. Look up. Slide the lens to the lower part of the eye using the forefinger.

Pinch the lens gently between the thumb and forefinger. Gently remove from the eye. Clean, rinse and place lens in the storage holder. Now follow the same steps with the left eye.

It may not sound easy but once you get use to it, inserting and removing contact lens is simple. Safety comes first.


 Inserting the contact lens

Eyes are very sensitive areas so make sure that your hands are dirt-free. Follow the advice of an eye care practitioner. Generally contact lenses should be disposed monthly or daily. There are also permanent lenses valid for two years.

These are called conventional lenses. "I would recommend disposable lenses for cosmetic purposes but if you have problems with your vision, the conventional lenses are most suitable.

The high-quality, biologically tested materials used for the lenses are over 55 percent water absorbing to match with the cornea water level," Wickramarachchi Institute of Speech & Hearing CEO Mihira Wickramarachchi said.

Coloured contact lenses are suitable for those who are over 15 years but even a baby can wear clinical, high-quality silicon contact lenses.

The cornea in some people's eyes bulges out.

This is called keratoconus. In such instances you need to use gas permeable lenses.

Contact lenses have become a part of the fashion trend and lifestyle today. If your vision is not good, you are can use contact lenses to avoid wearing thick glasses. This is an easy method for people with busy and quick moving lifestyles like athletes and chefs.

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