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How to Guide

Wearing Coloured Contact Lenses 


Inserting colored contact lenses for the first time may seem a daunting task however if you know how to insert your lenses you’ll find it gets easier with time and practice. To avoid irritation it is important to know how to take care of your lenses and how to wear them safely so that they last their full life span. Most problems with colored contact lenses are simply due to improper care, so follow the information in this guide and your lenses will enhance your costume and bring you hours of fun.

The main key to ensuring the health of your lenses, is keeping them clean at all times, so always wash and thoroughly dry your hands before and after handling your lenses. Store them in a contact lens case whilst you’re not using them and rinse your lenses in contact lens solution, never water.

Our guide is meant for informational purposes only and is not definitive, it should not be taken as medical advice.
 

Inserting Your Colored Contact Lenses(Close)

When you first insert your lenses, it may take a few attempts to get the contact lens in the correct position; this is normal but becomes easier with practice and as your eyes become accustomed to the new sensation.

The first thing that you must ensure is that you are in an adequately lit room with a freestanding or wall mounted mirror. Most people normally choose the bathroom. Also ensure that the surface beneath where you are inserting the lenses is clean, in case you drop a lens.

  • Wash and dry your hands thoroughly
  • Take one lens at a time out of the case and if applicable make note of whether it is a left or right lens.
  • Carefully position the lens on the end of your index finger with the curved edge facing upwards
  • Check the lens for rips or dust. If the lens is damaged do not use, if there are dust particles, simply rinse with a little lens solution. Also ensure the lens is not dry.
  • Gently lift the eyelid away from the eye
  • Look up and place the lens on the eye using a slow and smooth motion.
  • Let go of the eyelid, look left and then right, then blink slowly so as not to dislodge the lens
  • Make sure the lens is placed over the iris; using a mirror delicately position the lens until is in the correct place.
  • If there is any discomfort, remove the lens, rinse with lens solution and try again.
  • Repeat the process for the other eye.

It is a common reflex to blink when moving a lens towards your eye, however practice and a few tips can help you overcome this reaction. Firstly try exhaling before you movie the lens towards your eye, secondly you can practice pulling back the eyelid and moving your finger towards your eye without a lens to get used to the motion. The best overcomer however will always be patience and practice.

 

Removing Colored Contact Lenses (Close)

Most colored contact lenses are safe to where for approximately eight hours at a time, although some designs are better for shorter time periods. It is important to remember not to sleep, swim or bathe whilst wearing colored contact lenses and never rinse or store the lens in water as this can damage them.

Make sure you are in a well-lit location, with your lens case and solution to hand.

  • Make sure your hands are clean – you want to avoid having water or soap particles on your hands – so thoroughly dry your hands after washing
  • Using one hand pull back both the top and bottom eyelids
  • With the other hand, gently slide the lens to the outer corner of your eye
  • Using your thumb and index finger gently squeeze the lens to lift it off the eye. This may take some practice, so have a tissue on hand if your eyes begin to water
  • Place the lens in the palm of your hand with the curved side facing upwards, pour a few drops of lens solution onto the lens, rub it gently for 15-30 seconds being careful not to catch the lens with your nails
  • Place the lens in the storage case, cover with fresh lens solution. Always replace the lens solution in the storage case in between uses
  • Repeat the process for the other lens

You can purchase our contact lens solution and storage cases from our Accessories category.

 

Cleaning Your Colored Contact Lenses (Close)

Getting the maximum life from your colored contact lenses depends on keeping them clean and handling them with care. Always clean your lenses between uses and if you are in any doubt, clean them again. Dust particles or hairs on the lenses, will not only damage the lens but will cause irritation to the eye.

  • Ensure your hands are clean and dry
  • Place the lens in the palm of your hand with the curved side facing upwards, pour a few drops of lens solution onto the lens, rub it gently for 15-30 seconds being careful not to catch the lens with your nail
  • Place the lens in the storage case, cover with fresh lens solution. Always replace the lens solution in the storage case in between uses.
 

Basic Guidance For Using Colored Contact Lenses (Close)

  • Never share your lenses with anyone else
  • Never swim, shower or bathe with your contact lenses in, the water will damage the lens
  • Never sleep with your contact lenses in
  • Never wear dry, damaged or dirty lenses
  • Never wear lenses for longer than the recommended period, generally 8 hours
  • Never wear your lenses after their lifespan – whether daily, 90 day or annual. Discard once they have expired.
  • Always handle your lenses with clean, dry hands
  • Clean your lenses between every use
  • Store your lenses in fresh lens solution, never water
  • Colored contact lenses are fragile, always handle with care to avoid ripping or tearing
  • Always read the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Remove the lenses if they cause irritation or cause redness
  • Consult your doctor if the symptoms of irritation or redness persist once the lenses have been removed.
 

Contact Lenses Sizes Explained (Close)

There are many different sizes available, however the standard size for all EyeCandyLenses contacts is 14mm diameter, excluding all Big Eye branded lenses, which are 15mm. 14mm is the approximate size of most people’s iris and is suitable for covering your natural eye color. The Big Eye range, which can be found under our Fashion contact lens category, is a popular range chosen by Cosplayers and fans of Manga and Anime, as the slightly larger sized lens makes a dramatic difference to the overall look.

The diameter of the lens refers to the width of the widest point of the lenses, from edge to edge, whilst the Base Curve refers to the inside curvature of the lens and should match the cornea to feel comfortable. Most lenses have a base curve of between 8 and 10; the larger the base curve the flatter the lens.

 

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