Find a good seller
The absolute first thing need to do is find a reliable retailer. Do your research and do it well. If you have astigmatism, for example, you want to get toric lens, which some retailers don’t sell.
|My last circle lens shipment came with free gifts: cute animal circle lens case and 2 velcro hair clip.|
Talk to your optometrist
If you are from the US, your optometrist would probably advise you against circle lens – or any sort of lens not sold by the US. Regulations are a lot tougher in the States, so that is understandable. (You need a prescription from your eye doctor to buy any sort of correction lens in the US, but you can order them from overseas.) If you are adamant about buying circle lens, at least hear out your optometrist’s advice for warnings and recommended uses. If you have any sort of eye problem or concern, seeing an eye doctor is necessary.
Pick suitable color, size and prescription
If this is your first time wearing any sort of contact lens at all, start with a small diameter so you will be more comfortable. Pick something closer to the standard prescription contact lens. Large circle lens cover up a larger surface area and prevent oxygen from reaching certain areas. Pick any color that you like and remember to add in the correct prescription if you want prescriptive circle lens. You can also buy regular lens if you have good eyesight or want to wear the lens under your prescriptive glasses.
Make sure lens are sealed
Please make sure the circle lens case is sealed tight when you receive it. Check for any damages. If opened or damaged, do not use!
|My Vassen Rainbow Eyes circle lens came sealed tight.|
Check expiration, manufacturer, prescription
Make you are have received what you actually ordered. Check the expiration dates, the manufacturer information and make sure the prescription is correct. Do not use the lens if they’ve expired, are close to expiring, or if the prescription is wrong.
Soak contacts in your own saline solution
This is not necessary and a lot of people don’t do it, but I always recommend it. As someone who has been using prescription contact lens for nearly ten years, I know that now all saline solutions are created equal. Don’t risk it. Let the circle lens soak in your contact lens solution for at least 20 minutes before trying them on.
|I soaked my Vassen Rainbow Eyes Brownish Hazel circle lens in saline solution.|
Don’t own saline solution? What are you doing around contact lens then? Get some solution pronto!
Put the contacts in your eyes
Make sure your hands, nails and contacts are clean. You can put the contact on the palm of your hand, add some saline and rub gently with your index finger to clean it. Once the contact is clean, make sure it is on the correct side. The correct side will give you a round curve at the base. If it is on the wrong side, it will have a pointier curve (and make your eyes extremely uncomfortable when you put it on).
|An example of how it should sit on your index finger before inserting into your eyes.|
With the contact base on your index finger, gently place the contact into your eye. Don’t blink. If you need help to keep eyes wide, use your other hand to prop the eyes open. Once the contact is in, very slowly look up, look down, look left, look right and slowly close your eyes. With eyes still close, and rotate your eyes all around. Then open up and try to do the same until you feel that the contacts have aligned perfectly in the center.
Have fun with it – but don’t abuse it!
Snap some fun photos with your new eyes. If you go anyway, be sure to bring some solution with you and be prepared to take the contacts off at any time if you start to get really uncomfortable.
|Proudly wearing Vassen Rainbow Eyes Brownish Hazel.|
Some good old warning
Do not wear your circle lens for too long. As with all contact lens and especially with larger ones like circle lens, they cover your eyes, may dry them out and reduce oxygen circulation.
Be careful not to scratch your cornea with your nails. If you are really unsure of how to put on contacts, bring them to your eye doctor and have him/her demonstrate. Even if they don’t like the fact that you are wearing circle lens, they will advise you as to prevent you from harming yourself.
About my circle lens
The Vessen Rainbow Eyes series contact lens are 14.5 mm diameter and sit really comfortably in the eyes. I’ve had no problems with it. My iris are pretty big and it fits perfectly unlike some lens which peaks the natural color of my iris.