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Beginners' Tips for Contact Lenses

Many of you might be new to contact lenses. After using contacts for the first few days, what had once kept you in wonderful curiosity might have now left you with uneasy difficulties. I'm a beginner myself and here are a few tips that will really help you with your lenses. Good luck, new contact lenses wearer!

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Remember that water is BAD!

Remember that water is BAD!

You need a lot of water, but your contact lenses don't! When you wash your hands before inserting and removing contacts, make sure that no trace of water is left on your hands. Also, never use water or saliva for cleaning your lenses, or even your lens case!

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Relax, breathe and don't be scared

Relax, breathe and don't be scared

There's nothing to be afraid of contact lenses. Don't view them as a medical device, just see them as your to-be best friends who'll help you see better. When in doubt or when your heartbeat trips, take a deep breathe and tell yourself that its gonna be okay.

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Make sure that everything is clean

Make sure that everything is clean

You might have heard or read this a thousand times already. But its really important that you keep your hands, your eyes and all of your contact lens kit clean. Sometimes, its okay to be wrong but its best to never let even that 'sometimes' happen.

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Always carry protection

Always carry protection

Keep your mind outta the gutter, this is only about your contacts. If you're a beginner, its very important that you always take your lens kit with you--your bottle of solution, your lens case, tweezers, a non-moisturizing soap must be with you all the time. It might sound stupid, but its really worth it when you have any unexpected problems.

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Inspire yourself

Inspire yourself

If you're afraid of your contacts, look up all the stories on the internet on how contact lenses have been beneficial to people, and inspire yourself to come out of your fright. You'll be surprised how your attitude towards contacts changes after that, at least by a little.

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Watch the right videos

Watch the right videos

There are loads of contact lens tutorial videos out there telling how to insert or remove your lenses. But not each video will help you out. If you think a particular video is too complex for you to follow, simply stop watching it and search for another easier video. Trust me on this.

For removing contact lenses

Check out this really awesome video (click on the title) for help with removing your contacts. I'd a terrible time taking them out as it would stick on to my eye though it would seem like it was sliding out. It was a nightmare for me UNTIL I watched this video. It clear, precise, and the person in the video is great.

For inserting contact lenses

This video might be slightly fast to follow, but its alright. Just play it a couple of times until you've followed it just right. I recommend this for insertion, but for removing your lenses, I'd recommend the other video I've put up in this list.

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Don't sleep with your contacts on

Don't sleep with your contacts on

Sleeping with your contacts in means that you're not giving your eye the right amount of oxygen it needs. It could lead to serious problems. So, make sure you take out your contacts before sleeping, even if you're dead sleepy and just want to hit the bed.

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Don't rub your eyes in and out!

Don't rub your eyes in and out!

While very mild rubbing might not do any damage, continuous and harsh rubbing will either result in your contacts slipping out, or the contacts might get scratched or torn. And that is also going to scratch your cornea, or do something bad to your eye. If dust goes in, don't do anything. Just blink away and the dust will settle in the corner of your eye after a while.