RGP Insertion Tips Anyone?

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by M and D, Oct 14, 2006.

  1. M and D

    M and D Guest

    After 25 years of soft contacts I recently switched to RGPs due to keratoconus. I'm still in the so-called "adaptation period" and so far things seem to be going OK.

    My big problem is getting these bad boys into my eyes. No matter how I try, the lenses are never centered right off the bat. They always end up on the sclera, and once there they shoot right over to one of the corners of my eye and dig in deep. I have to use my fingertips to guide the lenses onto my cornea, which I know I should not be doing.

    So, all you experienced RGP wearers out there, got any tips or techniques for me? I could really use some advice!

    Thanks for your help.

    M and D, Oct 14, 2006
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  2. The main thing is to maintain fixation during insertion. You have to
    overcome the tendency for your eye to "roll up" as you place the lens.
    I think the easiest way is to concentrate on an object WITH THE OTHER
    EYE (not the one you are inserting) because the finger/lens is "in the
    way" of the receiving eye during placement. So keep your hands out of
    the line of sight of the opposite eye (this usually means reaching
    around the top of your head with the opposite hand to immobilize the
    upper lid) so you get an unobstructed view of whatever you choose to
    look at. I usually train people with a mirror and have them look with
    the fellow eye at the inserting finger. The rest is mental. Zen might

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Oct 14, 2006
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  3. M and D

    M and D Guest

    I'll give it a try. Thanks for your advice.

    M and D, Oct 14, 2006
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