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How to Tell The Right Contact Lens From the Left

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Old 01-23-2008, 03:05 PM
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Default How to Tell The Right Contact Lens From the Left

Hi,

I've seen on this forum how some people get mixed up wondering if their contact lenses are inside out or not. I have a somewhat different question, and I'm quite sure I'm not the only one who's ever thought about it.
Suppose you put your contacts in one morning and things just don't look quite right. You think that maybe you have your contacts switched. That is, your left contact is in your right eye while the right contact is in the left eye. If you take them out and examine them carefully, is there any way you could tell which was which? Maybe they should be like headphones and have a tiny letter "R" on one and an "L" on the other. (If Bausch and Lomb starts doing that, remember, you heard it here first.)
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:37 PM
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Default How to Tell The Right Contact Lens From the Left

As far as I know there aren't any indications on the lenses themselves to tell you which lens is which. Try this little trick.
Make it a habit to always start with the same eye. That way if you get into the habit of say, always putting your LEFT contact lens in first, that greatly reduces the chances of a mistake.
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Old 09-04-2009, 12:10 PM
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As far as I know there aren't any indications on the lenses themselves to tell you which lens is which. Try this little trick.
Make it a habit to always start with the same eye. That way if you get into the habit of say, always putting your LEFT contact lens in first, that greatly reduces the chances of a mistake.
Thank you for that suggestion. I bet it will help lots of people.
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Old 09-04-2009, 04:18 PM
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Rigid contact lenses are often marked with a small dot on the right lens, it often wears off over time.
Soft lenses just have to be kept separate, all of the cases I have seen are marked left and right.
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Old 09-04-2009, 07:10 PM
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I think the case of the contact lens has a mark whether it is right or left. If by instance you were in that situation and you feel like something is wrong, so before you put the other one, just take a look on its case first. What do you think?
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Old 09-21-2009, 10:47 AM
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I think the case of the contact lens has a mark whether it is right or left. If by instance you were in that situation and you feel like something is wrong, so before you put the other one, just take a look on its case first. What do you think?
Well . . . the two "barrels" on the contact lens case are marked "L" and "R", but it doesn't help if you put them in there wrong, does it? I was looking for some kind of "back up plan" in case the clearly marked barrels aren't enough to help you keep them straight.
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