Why You Shouldn’t Adjust Your Contact With Your Finger

Every contact lens wearer has or will have it happen at some point. Your eyes will feel dry. Maybe you didn’t get enough sleep the night before  or you’ve been staring at the same screen for hours. Then your contact lens moves. It was there, and now, it’s not. Now it’s time to adjust your contact!

Your temptation may be to stick your finger in your eye and fix it. It feels like you need you need to make it right immediately by putting your finger in your eye to move it back into the correct position. All we is ask is…Please don’t!

file5531235523675Why keep a “No Fingers in your Eye” rule to adjust your contact?

The reason is two-fold. Unless you’ve thoroughly cleaned your hands (with hot water, soap and then saline solution), chances are that your finger is going to get a whole lot of different kinds of bacteria and other germs in your eye.

You can also damage your contact lens or eye this way. Your nail, or even the roughness of your unclean finger digging around in your eye, could scratch your lens or put a tiny scratch on your eye. Fingers are just not gentle enough to move or find a lost contact lens once it’s in your eye.

How should you adjust your contact?

When your lens is in the wrong place it’s uncomfortable, and you want to fix it right away. The best thing you can do is to actually have some patience and let your eye muscles help you out.

First, if you can feel exactly where the contact lens is located, you can take your lid and gently – VERY gently – move your finger on the outside of your lid to lightly push the lens towards the middle of your eye.

An even better way to do this though is to squirt some saline solution directly into your eye and keep blinking. If your eye is too dry and you attempt to blink your lens back into place, it may not move as smoothly as you’d like it to. Adding saline solution or even a re-wetting drop to your eye should help it align correctly again.

Look in the mirror as you are blinking to see if you can spot your lens. If it’s folded or not returning to its proper spot, take your clean finger and remove the lens. Sometimes lenses can invert themselves in your eye and you have to reinsert it. It’s best to disinfect that lens before you put it back into your eye. If you have no other choice, make sure you at least cover the lens with some saline solution!

Stay calm and patient! If your lens still looks normal, there’s a good chance that after a few more blinks, it will settle back into its proper spot. Learn more about contact lens care on our website.

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