(Closed) Please help me get my contacts in

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m in the same situation…I just can’t stand putting my finger in my eye πŸ™  My mom totally has no issues with hers, but she has to look in a mirror and use one hand to pry open her eye lid and then the other to put it in. 

I’d love to hear some tips from the bees πŸ™‚

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I’m not sure.  I’ve been wearing contacts for a long time, so I’m pretty used to it.  I don’t remember having that issue.

I guess you could try to open/force your eye with one hand and use the other to put your contacts in.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I had a lot of trouble with it at first. Honestly, it just takes a lot of practice. When you have time and patience, just keeping trying to put them in. Don’t get frusterated. I’ll admit I cried a first out of annoyance. You’ll get it, and it will become super easy/simple over time.

Use a mirror. Put it on the tip of your finger, in a place that where it doesn’t fall off too easily. I find it works best if I try to look through the contact as a put it in. You can use your other hand to pry open your eye lids if you keep your eyes fully open.

I promise you’ll get it. Good luck!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think you’ll be best off if you do it several times a day – or at least once every day.

Use your thumb and forefinger to spread your eyelids apart as far as you can.  Try to close your eye and make sure that you can’t do it.  Get comfortable with that.  Then you need to practice positioning your contact on the tip of your finger on your other hand – it’s got to be on a good spot.  Once you’re ready, get the contact ready, get your eyelid open, and then get as close to the mirror as you can to pop it in.  Make sure you look at the mirror, not the thing coming in to your eye!

Good luck!  I can get them in easily enough, but I have such trouble once they are in.  With my astigmatism things are never as clear as with glasses, and even though they are one-use only and a high % of water, they get so itchy and dry! I need to start wearing them more frequently so I can deal on the big day!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Patience! And make sure that the contacts are clean and if possible, squirt a little solution on before you try to put it in so it’s wet–it makes it easier to get in your eye.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’ve worn contacts for a really long time now, but I still remember having so much trouble back when I first started.  It really does just take practice.  I recommend working on putting them in when you have time to just relax – you don’t want to be trying to do it in the morning when you are running out the door at first.  Also, when you have trouble getting them in you probabably get your sinuses all runny andyour eyes will look red/puffy.  I promise it WILL get easier, super easy in fact and you will be able to touch your eyes with or without the contacts in.

I do recommend holding the contact on your right pointer finger (if you are right handed), then take your left hand behindyour head and bring it over the top to hold open your top eye lid.  As you raise the contact to your eye with your right hand, you can also use your right hand middle finger to pull down the bottom eye lid if necessary as well.  Not sure if that makes sense, but that might help if your contacts are bigger.

You’ll get through it, good luck!!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

it takes pratice–I hold my eyelid open with one hand and the contact on a finger on the other hand. then I place the contact on my eye without blinking.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

First, calm down by telling yourself you don’t really need to “stick your finger in your eye” – you’re causing yourself stress over something that’s not even true – you are simply placing something onto your eye πŸ™‚

When your contacts are in the case, *MAKE SURE THEY ARE VERY CLEAN*, gently lift up the lens and adjust it so it sits like a bowl on the end of the index finger of your dominant hand. With your other hand, hold your eye open. They key is not to blink. When the lens touches your eyeball, it should “suction” to your eye, and you should be able to let go and blink until it settles into place.

Use a mirror, and if you drop your lens, be sure to wash it thoroughly. One tiny speck of dirt or pet hair can scratch your eyeball.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My mom found a video on YouTube actually that helped her out A LOT! Maybe try and watch some of those πŸ™‚ 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

Look up (with your eye, not your whole head) – when I tried them, that was the only way the eye doc could get it in my eye. I realised I was/am too squeamish and didn’t get them. πŸ™‚

But it did help to look up/away, instead of straight at the contact as it came.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Like others have said: patience and practice.  Also, exhale.  I had a really hard time when I got my first pair.  I noticed I would tense up, so I would try to relax, take a deep breath, and exhale.  It helped.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

First I put a clean contact on my right index finger (I’m right-handed), then I hold the top of my eyelid open with my left middle finger and the bottom with my right middle finger. Then I just place the contact on my eye. I’ve found that once the contact’s in, it helps to kind of roll your eye around to make sure it settles right.

The first time the eye doctor put the contact in, he had me look down to the right and then slide my eye up to left as he put the contact in. It hurt and my eyes watered really badly, but everyone has a different way. But you do get used to it, I promise!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I didn’t read all of the PPs, so sorry if this is repeat info. But here’s what I do:

I pull my bottom lid down with my middle finger, and have the contact on my index finger of the same hand. With my other hand, I make sure my top lid is raised. I slide the contact in towards the bottom of my eye (the lid is out of the way), and then let go of my lids, look down (since that’s where my contact is), and blink a couple of times. (Sometimes I have a wrinkle in my contact and if I blink a few times, it’ll help get the wrinkle out.)

Also, fyi: I had trouble at first too. After a while, you get used to it.

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