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Contact Lenses In Your Child's Eyes

Part I How To Put Them

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water and dry them thoroughly. If you are using a towel, make sure that you do not have any fibers from the towel on the index finger you are using to insert the contact lens.
    • Avoid drying your hands with paper towels, as these tend to leave more fibers on your finger.
  • Position your child so she is facing you. With her head tilted slightly back, ask her to look forward and then slightly upward. Try not to hover immediately above her eyes; this might cause her to instinctively blink more. Instead, place her shoulder against your side, so she is standing next to you, as opposed to in front of you.
  • Place the contact lens so it is curved like a bowl on the tip of your index finger. This will ensure that the contact lens is not inside out. Make sure that the lens you have on your finger corresponds to the correct eye. It is likely that your child may need a different prescription strength in each eye, so make sure you have selected the correct lens for each eye.
    • Many contact lens cases will have a label for each eye; for example, the case for the right eye's lens might read "R" on the lid.
  • Ask your child to open his eye as wide as possible. Your child will probably need to gently pull up the skin of his upper eyelid toward his eyebrow using his index finger in order to keep his eye open for the insertion. The bottom eyelid may also need to be pulled gently down, toward the cheek.
  • Gently place the contact lens onto your child's open eye as your child is looking upward. The lens should stick to the eye almost like a suction cup once it comes in contact with it. Try to center the lens over the iris of the eye.
    • As you approach the eye, ask your child not to focus on the lens itself as this will increase her risk of blinking before you can properly insert it. Instead, encourage her to look just to the right of your finger, but while still looking upward.
    • Make sure the lens is well-lubricated with solution so it is not too dry. If the lens is too dry, it might not come easily off your finger as you try to insert it.
  • Ask your child to take one slow blink. This will help the lens adjust to the curve of the eye. He may need to blink a few additional times to fit the lens. Be sure he does not blink too rapidly because this may cause the lens to fall out.
  • Repeat these steps for the other eye.

Source: wikihow

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