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Tips for wearing contacts?
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Posted 2/10/14
Help! I really want to wear contacts (or circle lenses), but my eyes just won't allow me. I have tried a few times, with trial contacts, but the optometrist never let me leave with them as I never succeed.

I've been wearing glasses for about 20 years. My biggest issue is my astigmatism. This makes it that the contact lenses need to be larger than standard ones because my eyes aren't perfectly round so they need something special to make them stick to my eye. Unfortunately, at the optometrist, you can only practice for 30 or so minutes before they say this is not for you.

My biggest problem with all this is that I have a stupidly fast, uncontrollable blinking reflex. I've tried and tried and tried, but the contact never even makes it to my eye. Apparently, my fingers are positioned appropriately.

I've tried looking on google, but didn't find any helpful website.

So, is there any way to train your eyes not to blink as much when you bring your fingers there? Is there such a thing as training for it or is it that you either have it or you don't?

Any input would truely be appreciated.

Thank you all.
Posted 2/10/14
I have an astigmatism too and I wear contacts. My optometrist gave me all the time in the world to try my contacts. So I'm a little surprised that yours didn't. Anyways, what helped me get used to putting the contacts in was actually practicing.

My optometrist suggested that I look up (so I'm not directly touching my iris or pupil) and slowly approach my eye with my fingers. Then once I felt that the contact was in, I was told to close my eyes and blink a few times. The contact fitted itself on my eye. I practiced doing this and eventually got used to it. Now I don't have to look up when I put my contacts in. I know this may not work for everyone, but it did help me out. Well I hope I didn't ramble too much and was of some help haha.
Posted 2/10/14
Had the same problem with my contacts. I have the horrible astigmatism as well, which they referred me to using the bigger shaped lenses. It took me a while to get it in as well. My only suggestion is that you hold on to your eye lids with better grip and pretend you're curling your lashes or putting makeup on.
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I really didn't have any difficulty to wear my contacts the first time.
Put your left hand on your upper eyelid and the lens on your other hand's middle finger.
And with that hand bring your lower eyelid down. It will be difficult to even close your eyes.
One thing also, is to look really really close in the mirror. That is the thing that helped the first time.
Good Luck!!
Posted 2/11/14
So you want to run the risk of an infection which can render you blind with contacts? Turn to the pretentiousness of glasses wearing or just get laser correction surgery.
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The trick is not to try and "put the contact on". Just get it close to the eye and let the eye sort of suction it off your finger. To stop blinking simply hold your eye lid open by the lashes with your opposite side hand. Also make a point of keeping your face muscles relaxed, and try not to get frustrated, that only makes it harder.


sevenhells wrote:

So you want to run the risk of an infection which can render you blind with contacts? Turn to the pretentiousness of glasses wearing or just get laser correction surgery.


Contacts are safe if you take care of your lenses. Certainly less invasive than Lasik. Quit scare mongering about things you are ignorant of.
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As someone with astigmatism and super sensitive eyes, I've relied on monthly contacts lately. The key, though is being able to look beyond your fingers. I compare it slightly to giving blood. If you focus entirely on the needle then you will struggle, but if you calm yourself and realize that a small needle won't change anything about your health it isn't much to worry about.

If you can't blank your mind, the trick then is to think about what really matters in life while you put the contact in.
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Posted 2/11/14

kinga750 wrote:

The trick is not to try and "put the contact on". Just get it close to the eye and let the eye sort of suction it off your finger. To stop blinking simply hold your eye lid open by the lashes with your opposite side hand. Also make a point of keeping your face muscles relaxed, and try not to get frustrated, that only makes it harder.


sevenhells wrote:

So you want to run the risk of an infection which can render you blind with contacts? Turn to the pretentiousness of glasses wearing or just get laser correction surgery.


Contacts are safe if you take care of your lenses. Certainly less invasive than Lasik. Quit scare mongering about things you are ignorant of.


Posted 2/11/14 , edited 2/11/14
always wash your hands before touching a contact.

if it drops to the floor, throw it away, don't ever put it back in your eye, even if it touched the floor for just 0.5 second, it's not worth it in risking an eye infection.

(and there's no such thing as a 3 second rule or whatever, bacteria is very contagious).



when you go to the optometrist, they should give you a one week free trial, if you don't feel comfortable during this trial, ask them to resize the contacts.

it shouldn't make you feel pain or itchy if it's the correct size.
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Posted 2/11/14 , edited 2/11/14
I had trouble back when I first got contacts as well. Takes some practice but eventually you'll do it like it's as simple as breathing.

Main thing is to not panic while putting them in or taking them out. Just stay calm even if you can't get it the first few times. When putting them in or taking them out make sure your using both hands to hold your eyelids open to help prevent yourself from blinking.

When putting them in never look directly at your finger, look to the side a little this can help with the blinking as well. Once the contact is in just look around with that eye and blink a few times, the contact should position itself correctly.

Hope this helps! Feel free to ask if you have any questions.
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Posted 2/11/14
One tip: Pls pls pls never wear eyecontacts in hot places. That's all.
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Posted 2/11/14 , edited 2/11/14
I've been wearing them since...sometime around high school, can't exactly remember. I had trouble at first too, but now I can put them and take them out without even needing a mirror. (Of course I always use a mirror normally when I can, it's just if ever need, like an emergency, I don't need it) Anyway...

I lift my upper eye lid with my left middle finger and my lower eye lid with my right middle finger, while my contact is on my right index finger. Same way for both eyes. And I agree with not trying to actually put in on your eye. Just gently approach your eye and it'll kinda pop on.
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24XxscottxX24 wrote:
My optometrist suggested that I look up (so I'm not directly touching my iris or pupil) and slowly approach my eye with my fingers. Then once I felt that the contact was in, I was told to close my eyes and blink a few times.


This is pretty much the only way to control your blinking reflex.

@OP: If you try this method and it still doesn't work, you're not going to be able to "train" your eyes to stop blinking. You blink because it looks like something is about to come and poke your eye - in this case, your finger. Looking away as you do it helps to get your brain used to it the first few times and after that there's no problems. If you can't do it, you're better off just sticking with glasses.

I did have some trouble actually getting it to pop onto my eye once I'd gotten it close to the iris. Sometimes the contact lens would invert itself around my finger and I would have to try again. The trick is not to touch your eye with it as it will invert. Once you're used to something being in close proximity to your eyeball without blinking, bring the contact lens close and swivel your eye around a bit. Eventually the lens and your eye will "mate" and it will pop on. Blink once or twice to remove any air bubbles and you should be fine. I *have* had a contact lens fold up at the blinking stage but this was because that set was too small for my eyes. A subsequent trip to the optometrist and I had a new set that fit perfectly every time.
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I can't give you any tips on how to avoid blinking a lot, because i only started blinking less after wearing contacts for a while. The way i do it is clean my hands properly, hold my eye open with both hands from above and below, place it on the eye and move it around a little while blinking gently and slowly.After that you just close your eyes and it should stay there.
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Posted 2/11/14 , edited 2/11/14
I want to thank all of you for your tips.

I never really liked wearing glasses and have worn them for 20 years. The problem is, all of the optometrists I've been to have all "forced" me into a contact lens course and having always failed putting them on, they always refused to prescribe some to me :(

You guys are right though, I've mostly stared at my finger when trying to put contact lenses on, but it's a bit hard not to when you have to look in the mirror... no? Most of you had pretty much the same tricks, so I'm motivated to try again though.

All your input was appreciated, and I will keep in mind next time I try.

If you have other tricks, keep em coming!

Thank you all!
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