how to insert contacts with one hand (broken arm)?

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by rc, Jan 13, 2004.

  1. rc

    rc Guest

    I have recently seriously broken my left arm. It is effectively
    immobilized for a few months or more. I wear contacts
    (soft/disposable) regularly but have now been unable to insert them
    using one hand. Any ideas?

    rc, Jan 13, 2004
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  3. Pin your upper eyelashes against the bone with your index finger.
    Insert the lens with your middle finger.
    Use your ring finger to pull the lower lid out of the way.

    It will take time, so sit at a table with a mirror.
    Perhaps flat.

    -- Robert
    Robert Redelmeier, Jan 13, 2004
  4. rc

    a Guest

    I have recently seriously broken my left arm. It is effectively
    I had this dilemma last year when I broke my left elbow. Putting my lenses
    in was the thing I found most difficult. I did pretty much the above method,
    but it was hard work and took a fair bit of patience. Fortunately for me, I
    was only put in a sling so after a couple of weeks I could get myself in
    such a position to just about use my left hand a little bit to help (it hurt
    a, Jan 13, 2004
  5. rc

    Rod Guest

    I've put mine in one handed for as long as I can remember.
    Here's how I do it.
    1. Put the contact on my middle finger.
    2. Indirectly pull down my lower lid by pulling down the skin at the
    edge of the eye socket with the finger between the middle finger and
    the pinkie (does that finger have a name?).
    3. Look up.
    4. Move my middle finger toward the eye until it reaches the tear layer.
    5. Release the lens.
    6. Release the finger on the lower lid.
    7. (optional) Lift upper lid slightly by pinching with thumb and index
    finger to make sure lens doesn't fold when I blink.
    8. Look straight ahead.
    9. Blink.

    Give it a try... You may never go back to two handed.
    Rod, Jan 13, 2004
  6. rc

    Ann Guest

    The ring finger.
    Ann, Jan 14, 2004
  7. rc

    Rod Guest

    Ah... that explains why I couldn't remember (I'm left handed - must be
    selective amnesia) :)
    Rod, Jan 14, 2004
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