Poor Robert Pattinson – even after wearing them for years he still can’t get on with his Twilight contact lenses! The Twilight hunk has worn coloured contact lenses for all three Twilight movies so far but he says he still can’t put them in on his own. Apparently the make up artists have to hold him down and put in the lenses for him! Of his Twilight contact lenses Robert says “Everyone else has figured out how to do it, and then there’s two people holding me down because I can’t do it myself… It’s so embarrassing for me – after so many years, it’s still a process every single morning.”
I admit that putting in contact lenses can be fiddly but I don’t think I have ever heard of someone having to be held down to put them in. Personally I think someone else putting in my contact lenses would be much more stressful than doing it yourself – I can put in any contact lens but the idea of staying still while someone else puts their fingers in my eyes really freaks me out!
Tips For Your Twilight Contact Lenses
Robert Pattinson might still be having trouble but it is actually very easy to put in your own contact lenses. The trick is to hold your eye open properly and to conquer the instinct to shut your eyes when the lenses get near them. Perhaps Robert has just got used to being held down by make up artists! In case you are having trouble putting in your contact lenses, I have put together some simple tips on putting in your contact lenses:
- Put the lenses into a screw top contact lens case before you start. This is the easiest type of case to pick up the lenses from and much easier that picking them out of the vials they come in.
- Start with everything laid out in front of you: the lenses, tissue, tweezers if you use them and a free-standing or wall mirror.
- Choose a well-lit area, ideally a bathroom mirror with a bright overhead light. Having a clean, smooth surface underneath your face is also a good idea – if you drop a lens you will be able to find it easily. I put in my lenses over the bathroom sink – with the plug in.
- Use a tissue to gently dry the eye area. Then place one lens on your fingertip and ensure the rest of your hands are dry. This will make it easier to hold your eyelids open.
- Trim your nails – long nails could poke your eyes or tear the lens.
- Use your free fingers to gently hold your eye open. You should be able to see the white all around your iris.
- Look straight ahead as you put in the lens – I look into my own eyes in the mirror. If you can’t bear to look straight ahead, look upwards.
- Breathe out slowly before you put the lens in – this will calm you down and steady your hand.
- If you can’t help closing your eye, try it without the lens. Practise holding your eye open and bringing your finger tip close to your eye without flinching.
- Once the lens is in your eye, keep your eye open and look to the left, right, down and up. This helps the lens to settle on your eye. Then blink.
- And if you don’t at first succeed, try and try again! Putting in contact lenses takes practice and it can be fiddly at first. But with a little practice anyone can learn to do it! If you have tried many times and it still does not work, ask your local optician to help you or give you a demonstration – they are the experts after all.