Someone requested some advice for first time circle lens wearers.
However, I'd like to dedicate this page to anyone who is interested in circle lenses, even if they've been wearing them for years. Sometimes it's a good reminder to take good care of your eyes and your lenses!
(I may add more later if I remember something or someone teaches me something new.)
It is at your own risk to wear circle lenses and contacts.
Before buying a pair, go to an optometrist!
Tell them you want to wear circle lenses or contacts and they'll give you the information you need. Such as prescription (if you need it), tell you if you do or don't have astigmatism, the base curve of your eye, etc.
If you cannot afford to go to an optometrist, but can afford a pair of circle lenses. I wouldn't recommend buying a pair. But if you do anyways, PLEASE read everything below AND do your own research to be fully aware of the risks of wearing circle lenses and how to take care of them and yourself.
Your eyes are one of the greatest parts of your body that are very delicate.
Take care of them!
Read this section carefully and thoughtfully. Do not skip or skim this section.
This is THE most important thing when it comes to wearing circle lenses or contacts! You can't just stick them in your eye and think everything is dandy. Remember, circle lenses are basically little pieces of plastic you put in your eye and they CAN carry bacteria, dust, and dirt floating in the air. You must ALWAYS practice good hygiene.
1. Wash your hands with soap before handling your lenses.
Not a measly quick little run under the water. Get between your fingers and under your nails. Sing Happy Birthday twice to yourself while washing your hands to pass the time, or whatever small little song like Bacon Pancakes from Adventure Time! I also recommend opening your lens case first and then wash your hands. That way, the lens case is open and ready for you to pick up your lenses. It's not necessary to wash your face first, but it may be more comfortable to wash your face first so water doesn't get in your eyes and lenses.
2. Clean your lenses.
There are some rub-free contact solutions you can use, but it's been made a habit of mine to gently rub my lenses between my finger tips to clean off any build up or specs. Don't rub too hard or the lens may tear. Even though lenses tend to be pretty strong, you don't want to tear your lens.
3. If you feel any form of discomfort, take them out!
Don't force yourself to wear them, hoping that the irritation will go away. Check the lens for any tears, dust, or specs that may be causing the irritation. It's amazing how a little piece of nearly nothing can hurt like hell!
If you do find a tear, you have to throw away that lens. There's no fixing it and it will remain uncomfortable, therefore no point in keeping it.
If you find a spec, clean it off with solution and by rubbing the lens gently between your finger tips.
4. Don't wear them for more than 8 hours a day.
This isn't necessarily a real rule, but more cautionary. There are contacts that you can wear for long periods of time and there are some you can even sleep in! However, circle lenses do not apply.
When wearing lenses, you're restricting oxygen to your eyes. This is why some people's eyes get red when wearing lenses because they wear them too long and the lens is drying out their eye at the same time.
The bigger the lens, the less oxygen to your eye. There are some circle lens brands more dry than others too. It depends on how your eye reacts though. Each person reacts differently to different brands.
Try not to wear them every day either. Let your eyes breeeaaath!
5. Do not sleep in your lenses.
This will dry out your eyes and possibly rip off a layer of your cornea depending on how long you've slept and how much it has dried out. Remember that lenses can dry out. They're not soft all the time unless it has something to keep it soft. It can dry out your eye.
6. Carry around eyedrops, solution, and lens cases with you when wearing circle lenses.
It may seem a hassle, especially if you don't like to carry a lot with you but better safe than sorry. There have been instances where I needed to take my lenses out before coming home. Such as if I had a long day and my eyes are drying out or if I feel something is in my eye. You can properly clean them when you get home if you couldn't use or reach a restroom.
7. Replace the solution in your lens cases.
If you wear your lenses, replace the solution. Don't use it twice. It may feel wasteful, but it's not. If you use mouth wash, would you spit it back into the little cup and use it later? Probably not.
If you haven't worn your lenses in a month, it's best to replace the solution. It's been sitting in there for awhile. It may have dried up. It would be in your best interest, if you want to wear them again, to replace the solution.
Try out different brands of contact solution. Don't stick to one just yet unless you're positive that's the one for you. I've used ReNu, Opti-Free, and Biotrue. The one that wound up more compatible with my eyes was Biotrue. Everyone has a different reaction to different products.
8. Every month to three months, get new lens cases (or clean them).
Yup, you've got to take care of your cases too! They can collect dust and dirt just as much as anything else sitting on your shelf. They're pretty cheap and affordable, anyways. If you don't feel like buying more, you can sterilize them yourself by putting them in boiling water.
9. Throw away your lenses when they expire.
Mark on your calendar or on the bottom of the lens case the day you opened the lenses and how long their shelf life is. Most circle lenses have a year life span. After they expire, throw them away! Some people only keep their lenses between 3 and 6 months even though they can wear them for up to a year, but the longer you keep them the drier they become. You'll be able to tell between the first time you wear them and the last time you wear them how different they feel. It's because they've been opened from their vials and they slowly lose the softness they first had.
10. Do NOT wear the lenses straight from the vial, soak them in contact solution first.
The solution in the vial is different from contact solution. That liquid is to help keep the shelf life. It's kind of like the packets in bags of food sometimes that say DO NOT EAT but it helps preserve the food.
Soak your new lenses in proper contact solution for up to 8 hours.
11. DO NOT SHARE LENSES. EVER.
Even if they're your best friend or significant other. Even if they just want to try it on for a second. You're risking an eye infection for both of you. If either of you want to try so badly, photoshop it or buy your own pair. Your health should always be more important than your looks or curiosity!
REAL VS FAKE
This is important because fake lenses can lead to eye infection and permanent damage. The best advice I can give you is either don't wear them at all, or do your own research by looking up reviews for the site you want to buy from.
A friend of mine made a circle lens thread that has an amazing list of shops you can buy from and shops you should avoid! They have a bunch of circle lens wearers that post there with their own reviews and I'm sure if you have any questions, someone will answer them!
Circle Lens Thread
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HOW TO WEAR
Most people use their ring finger to pull down their lower lid and slip the lens in their eye with their index finger, with the same hand. Some people have to use both hands by opening their eye with one hand and putting the lens in with the other hand. Sometimes it's easier when you look off to the side and let the lens slide into place instead of directly putting it where you're looking at the lens.
It will definitely take practice if you're not using to touching your eye. It may feel pretty weird too.
Search on Youtube how to put in circle lenses. You'll see a bunch of people with different eye shapes and different techniques.
A common mistake is wearing your lenses inside out. The pixels are on the outside of the lens, you don't want that on your eyes. Also, the lens will slide around because it's not the correct shape when it's inside out. You can tell it's inside out if you look at the rim of the lens carefully. If it's correct, the rim will point up. If it's inside out, the rim will point somewhat out and horizontally.
HOW TO OPEN
On the metal rim, there are little arrows that point up. Take your vial and put it to the edge of a table and push down where the arrows are. Carefully peel it back and take off the metal rim. Sometimes the metal rips off before you can get it all off and it's difficult to remove, so take your time and gently open it. If it happens to rip off, take an old pen you don't really use or something similar and dig it under the metal and pry it open.
I currently don't have any to open, but you can search on Youtube "How To Open Circle Lenses". I think there may be a few other ways to open them that may be easier for some.
Remember to soak your lenses in contact solution for 8 hours before wearing them!
HOW TO PICK A LENS
For first time wearers, I would recommend thinking about why you want a pair of circle lenses. There are three major reasons that people pick a pair of lenses. One, the color. Two, the size. Three, the pattern. What's more important to you?
This is why reviews with pictures are pretty awesome because some sites don't have model pictures and if they do, half the time they're very photoshopped. When I take my review pictures, I try to take them in good lighting and brighten them up a bit if it's too dark and doesn't reflect how it looks in person, but I don't alter the lens itself.
Comfort is also important, but it varies from person to person depending on the brand. You'll have to try a few brands to get a feel for which one works best for you. Many people agree that EOS is a comfortable brand though. For me, EOS and i.Fairy have been the most comfortable.
Some lenses will feel like they're not even in your eyes, which is awesome, but there are some lenses that are a bit thicker and you'll be conscious that they're on your eyes but it's not uncomfortable. If you're not ready to wear a lens that you'll consciously feel in your eye, I would recommend sticking to lenses that are around 14mm. Also, if you're not use to touching your eye and/or have small eyes, I would definitely recommend getting regular sized lenses first to get used to putting them in.
Circle lenses come between 14mm and 15mm. It really makes a HUGE difference. Some may claim to be bigger or give the effect of being bigger. Just remember that the bigger the lens, the less oxygen to your eye.
Regular sized lenses are between 14mm and 14.2mm. Anything bigger will give a dolly look and maybe a halo effect. A halo is when the lens is bigger than your iris and the white of your eye shows through the lens. It's very pretty with some lenses!
Be conscious of your eye size if you want a pair of lenses to make your eyes bigger. I have been told by my friends that I have huge eyes, LOL. So the lenses that I wear that are 14.5mm may be much bigger on you than they look on me unless you also have big eyes. Some of you with monolids or smaller eyes may have some difficulty getting larger lenses into your eye.
LENSES FOR ASTIGMATISM // TORIC LENSES
There are circle lenses available for people with astigmatism but majority of them are 14mm and have very few selection in pattern and color. They're also more expensive than regular circle lenses. I would honestly recommend you go to your optometrist and request regular colored lenses. They even sell black ones now that are a bit bigger like the 14.5mm ones which will give off a dolly look.
Apparently there is an equation floating around somewhere that gives you the prescription you'll need to wear regular lenses for people with astigmatism. I'm not sure if it really works though and I wouldn't recommend it. Talk with your optometrist and see if they think it will be okay or not.
LENSES AND MAKEUP
Do you put on your lenses before or after your makeup? Before! That way you don't ruin your makeup from the contact solution that may pool in your lens or from touching your eye to put in the lens. Be careful and try not to touch the lens when you're doing your makeup or to get anything in your eye. Even if you do, don't freak out. It won't hurt but it may linger or get stuck on the lens. Just be careful and try not to get anything in your eye.
LENSES AND WATER
Do not swim with your lenses! They can and probably will pop out and float awaaay!
It's okay to shower or wash your face with them in, but they may be uncomfortable if water gets into your eyes. Water, in my experience, has somewhat dried the lenses and made it uncomfortable to wear.
If you have any questions, please ask below!