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Tips for Contact Lens Wearers

Tips for Contact Lens Wearers
 

Many people new to contact lenses and even some experienced wearers, have practical questions about contacts.

These tips can help you deal with everyday contact lens concerns.

 

Is My Contact Lens Inside Out?

The trick is to place the lens on your finger so that a cup is formed. Then hold the lens up directly in front of your eyes so you’re looking at the side of the cup.

If the lens forms a “U” with the top edges flared out like a saucer, it’s inside out. If it forms just a “U,” it’s in the correct position.

Some contact lenses also have a laser marking, such as the brand name, on the edge to help you. If you can read it properly, the lens is not inside out.

Don’t worry if you place a contact lens in your eye inside out. The lens will feel uncomfortable, but it can’t do any damage.

 

Contact Lenses and UV Light

Researchers have linked ultraviolet (UV) light to the formation of cataracts. Exposure to excessive UV light also may result in a condition called photokeratitis.

That’s why some contact lenses now contain a UV-blocking agent. You can’t tell if a contact lens has a UV blocker just by looking at it — the blocking agent is clear, so as not to disturb vision. The contact lens packaging will specify if the product has a UV blocker, or you can ask your eye doctor.

**UV-blocking contact lenses are not meant to replace sunglasses. **

A contact lens covers only your cornea, not your entire eye. Sunglasses with UV protection can cover more of your eye and the parts of your face that surround the eye, depending on the size of the sunglass lens. That’s why contacts with UV blockers are designed to complement sunglass use as an added protection.

 

Eye Makeup and Contact Lenses

Getting makeup in your eye is annoying. But it’s even worse with contacts, because it can stick to the lenses instead of flushing right out. Follow these tips to keep your eyes looking and feeling good:

  • Put your contact lenses on before applying makeup. And always wash your hands thoroughly before touching your contacts, so you won’t transfer any oils, creams or lotions to the lenses.
  • Use hypoallergenic makeup.
  • Never apply eyeliner between your lashes and your eye. Apply eyeliner only on the portion of your lashes that is well away from your eye.
  • Replace your eye makeup frequently — at least every three months.
  • Don’t use old eye makeup, because over time bacteria will get into the product and then into your eyes, where it can cause an infection. One way to tell if your makeup is too old is if it smells funny.
  • Also, don’t share your eye makeup with others!

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