inserting contact lenses

Application & Care

Follow these helpful step-by-step instructions for the best method to put in and take out your contacts.

How to insert a contact lens

Step 1: Wash and dry your hands using soap and a clean towel.

Step 2: Rinse lenses using solution to remove dirt or debris. (You can skip this step with brand-new contacts.)

Step 3: Remove a contact from its case and put the lens on the tip of the index finger you’re most comfortable using. Unless the prescription is the same for both, remember to check whether it’s for your right or left eye. Also, make sure the lens is not inside out by checking the marker if appropriate.

Step 4: Look straight ahead into a mirror. Using your free hand, pull your upper and lower eyelids away from your eye, so that you don’t blink.

Step 5: Using the free fingers of the inserting hand, slowly move the lens towards your eye. Looking up, gently place the lens on the lower part of your eye.

Step 6: Slowly remove your hand from your eyelid and blink a few times naturally, so that the lens
centers. You should feel the lens settle on your eye.

Step 7: If the lens feels uncomfortable or irritates your eye, take it out and check for damage or debris. If the lens is damaged, then throw it away. Otherwise, use lens solution to rinse it and reinsert.

How to remove a contact lens

Step 1: Wash and dry your hands using soap and a clean towel.

Step 2: Looking up, pull down your lower eyelid. Slide the lens down to the bottom (white part) of your eye.

Step 3: Using your thumb and index finger, squeeze the lens gently and lift it out of your eye. This may take a couple of attempts.

Step 4: Place the contact lens in contact lens solution and rub the lens very gently in the solution while using your index finger. Then, place the lens in its section of the contact lens case. Fill the case with contact lens solution.

Step 5: Repeat with the other eye, using the same hand and procedure.

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Please read the basics of contact lens care: Clean, Rinse and Disinfect so that you are properly prepped with the important steps in caring for them. Contact lenses must be properly cleaned and disinfected when you remove them to kill germs and prevent infections.

Step 1: Wash your hands with a mild soap prior to handling contact lenses or touching your eye so that you don’t transfer dirt and germs to your eye. Dry your hands with a clean, lint-free towel.

Step 2: Remove one lens and clean it with the disinfecting solution, eye drops, and enzymatic cleaners your doctor recommends. Rub it gently with your index finger in the palm of your other hand. Please note that some eye products or eye drops aren’t safe for contact wearers.

Step 3: Rinse the lens again to remove the loosened debris. Rinsing is an important step but please make sure you never put tap water directly on your lenses.

Step 4: Dispose of contact lens solution in the lens case after each use and let the case air dry.

Step 5: Place the lens in your clean lens case or lens holder and fill with fresh solution; never reuse your contact lens solution. Disinfecting kills microorganisms on the lens.

Step 6: Repeat steps two through five for your other lens.

Important: All contact lens cases- should be cleaned daily and it is recommended that you replace your case every three months!

How to wear your contacts safely

  • Dispose of your lenses at the interval prescribed by your optometrist.
  • Do not put your lens in your mouth and then in your eye.
  • Put your contact lenses on before applying makeup.
  • If you have makeup on, remove your contacts, being careful not to bump them into any makeup and only then use your eye makeup remover.
  • Do not share your lenses with someone else because this can spread infections or particles from their eyes to yours.
  • For the safety of your eyes, it is recommended that contacts should be always removed at bedtime due to risk of infection and risk of contact lens intolerance.
  • Use a rewetting solution or plain saline solution — whatever your optometrist recommends — to keep your eyes moist.
  • Never touch solution bottle tips to any surface, including your body: this can cause contamination of the solution.
  • Avoid getting tap water on your contact lenses and accessories.
  • Remember to book yearly contact lens and eye health exams for the protection of your eyes.

Remove Your Contact Lenses and Call Your Doctor When You Notice These Symptoms:

  • Your eye is painful.
  • You are sensitive to light.
  • You have discharge from your eye.
  • You have blurry vision.
  • Your eye feels scratchy.
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