How to take care of Circle Lenses?
Are you into circle lenses like me recently? Or maybe did you just buy your first pair lately? Congratulations to becoming a lens addict like me haha! I really like wearing different lenses for different makeup! My collection grows really fast these days!
But usually if you are looking for circle lenses in the World Wide Web you maybe also find some warnings about circle lenses and incredible posts about girls losing their eyesight due to wearing the enlarging lenses. But is it really true that circle lenses are damaging your eyes? How to take care of circle lenses? I will share my experience with circle lenses in this post including “Where to buy”, “How to store” and “After use”. Please notice that these are my experiences and that you should seek an optician’s advice if you are not sure about using contact lenses!
Let’s learn something about Circle Lenses!
10 Steps of how to take care of Circle Lenses!
- What are “Circle Lenses”?
Circle Lenses (or also Circle Contact Lens) are, as the name already says, contact lenses, that are for decorative use and are slightly bigger in diameter than the iris. Most of the contact have a 14-15mm diameter. They often have a black circle that is printed on the overcoming part of the lens and let the eyes appear bigger. Today, there are many different prints and patterns for any occasion such as cosplay, halloween or daily use. They mostly are available in all colors including exotic ones such as violet or pink and you often can chose between daily, monthly and conventional lenses. But to grant the longevity of the lenses, some special care is needed.
- What do I need to store Circle Lenses?
Most of the shops already give them for free, but never forget, if you buy contact lenses, you need some lens containers, too. Second important thing is the fluid you store the contacts in to keep them hydrated and to avoid the deposit of proteins. The most important fluid for the use of contacts is of course for disinfection: saline solution! Very important, because the eyes are sensitive and you’ll easily get infections if you don’t use clean contacts. But because humans are lazy beings, there is a fluid that combines all three features in it! Just take a look in your local drugstore or search for multi purpose solution (for german readers: Kombi Lösung).
- Ok I got it! Now, where can I buy Circle Lenses?
When I bought the first time I couldn’t think about “where to buy”, I just bought where I was able to buy only: online shops. And I didn’t think much about is it safe to buy at this or that shop, because I wasn’t aware of possible fakes. The Circle Lenses originally were a trend in asia, of course there are also some people faking contact lenses… ((I just said it like that because I once bought “apple” headphones from Hong Kong… “Apple”._.) I still love you, asians!xD ok.)
I was just buying where “everyone” was buying. But it’s important to know where you buy them. If you are not sure about the seller and the condition of the lenses, you may risk your health. Best example is Geo Medical, they have developed an Anti-Fake-System, that show if it’s authentic. Look for this sticker and the code within!
- I found a good shop, which ones are good for beginners?
To be honest, I don’t think there are “circle lenses for beginners”. If you are sensitive with foreign substances in your eye (like me), every lens will give you the feeling of “something’s in my eye”. But with the numbers of different lenses I used, I noticed that some are more and some are less comfortable. For all lenses, the water content is an important character, that gives information about the lens’ comfort. The more water the lens contents, the softer the lens is. Same for the material. Higher water content means, that your eye gets more oxygen. The combination of water content and material makes the difference. And also of course it depends on each person if you feel any discomfort because you need more or less oxygen. In my case, if I am tired, I notice a slight headache after wearing some lenses for a while because of the lack of oxygen. Second is, the lenses will dry out faster, depending on material and water content. But back to the topic, circle lenses usually have a lower water content than normal colored contacts (but it shouldn’t be lower than 38%!). Now, since I have some experience with different brands, I sure do feel some difference in comfort. The most comfortable lenses I used was a pair of Dueba/Barbie. I also would recommend the Candy series of EOS, since they are very thin and soft. I really really like Geo Medical lenses, they have the prettiest lenses, but they aren’t as comfortable as other lenses I have. I feel like they are drying out very fast, compared to the other ones. But at this point I have to say again, it depends on the person. Usually you should be given information about prescription, water content, base curve and diameter.
- Where do YOU usually buy your Circle Lenses?
- How to put the lenses in?
Actually everyone will find their most comfortable way to put them in, but just in case you really don’t know how to put them in, I will explain how I am doing it. It’s better to put the lens in before doing your makeup because small particle of eyeshadow or mascara could get under or on your lens while putting in. First thing to do: wash your hands! Hygiene is the most important thing when it comes to contact lenses to avoid any infections in your eye. Don’t underestimate the possibility of an eye infection! Comes faster than you may think. Make sure to use a fuzz free towel to dry your hands because they might stick on your fingers and get onto the lens. Then use disinfection fluid or the multi purpose fluid to disinfect your hands. Then take out one lens and put it onto your fingertip. Check if the lens isn’t accidentially inside out. It should look like a half circle and not like a hyperbel. Clean the lens with fluid and make sure no fuzz sticks onto it. I prefer to use some eye drops before putting the lens in. Next part is how to put them in. But it’s the way I am doing it, because it’s the easiest and fastest way for me. I turn my head with one eye parallel to the mirror and use one hand to pull down the lower eyelid, so that the white of the eye is shown. Then I put the lens on that part and pull it a but to the iris. I close my eye and look around a bit until the lens sits on its right place. If you have lens with prescription of course you need to consider right and left lens. Last step before going out is changing the fluid in the lens container to make sure I won’t forget before taking off.
- Any tips how to make wearing lenses more comfortable?
Of course, you can always use moisturizing eye drops to avoid dry eyes. I like to use my eye drops also before putting in and right after putting in to avoid any redness or dry feeling. In general, I recommend to only wear lenses if you aren’t too sleepy. If your eyes already are dry because of the lack of sleep, they will dry out even faster with the lenses in. If they are dry, of course the result are red eyes and even small wounds.
- Time for bed! Anything I need to think about when taking them off?
Of course there is! Make sure, if you didn’t do right after taking them out of the container, to change the fluid for storage. Usually you should always do it after taking them out because you may suddenly have to take off the lens while you’re on your way. I usually ALWAYS change the fluid after I touched it with my fingers because of any bacteria or something just to make sure then lenses stay clean. After you took off the lenses you should let your eye breathe and rest a while. Maybe put in some eye drops. It’s not healthy to wear them too long. About 7 hours is the recommended maximum. And also your eye needs a break. DON’T SLEEP WITH YOUR LENSES IN! The lenses may stick in your eye and damage it. Please never do that.
- Don’t forget your lenses!
Even if you don’t wear the lenses frequently, you should take care of them frequently. The fluid will dry out after a while and so will your lenses. That’s why you should change the fluid from time to time. It’s important to keep the lenses from sunlight and high temperature.
- What are your experiences with circle lenses?
I am wearing circle lenses for more than 2 years now. I didn’t wear them often in the beginning because I wasn’t used to it and I had problems with putting them in. Also it’s not really common in germany to wear contacts like these and people were staring at me. I didn’t feel comfortable since also my ex boyfriend said I look really ugly with them. But now he isn’t anymore so let’s wear all the lenses!! （≧∇≦）lol. Just kidding. I decided not to care about others anymore and now I am happy with my lenses and even get compliments. I have the feeling it’s getting more and more popular in here.. Whatever. In the beginning I wasn’t very careful with the special hygiene and often got red eyes after wearing them. But fortunately I never had serious problems. Since I took more care of that issue, it’s much better! That’s why I wrote all these facts down to tell you that you really should be careful with circle lenses!! The lenses are helping you making yourself beautiful and so they also give you confidence so you should give them a little love back.
Do you have any questions left? Don’t hesitate and comment!
Thank you for reading and I hope you have lots of fun with your lenses and creating new looks, since you now know how to take care of circle lenses!
See you next time ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ