How to Insert and Remove Contact Lenses
Inserting your contact lenses is easy, but can take some getting used to, so we’ve compiled this simple step-by-step guide on how to correctly insert and remove your lenses.
First things first, make sure your hands are clean and dry. Using clean hands to insert your contact lenses is the best way to avoid infection. Remember how your mom always used to remind you to wash behind your ears; well don’t forget to wash under your fingernails too. Girls we know you love those long polished nails, but if you’re new to wearing contact lenses we suggest you cut those pretties nice and short, at least until you’re used to putting your contacts in.
Preparing your lenses
Contact lenses are basically tiny little suction cups so to make sure they stay put they need to be the right way around and not inside out. So place your lens on the tip of your index finger and compare it to the images below. An easy way to remember this is that your contact lens should look like a bowl and not like a saucer.
Inserting the lens
Now your lenses are ready it’s time to put them in your eyes.
So here’s what you do; Look up.
Using your middle or ring finger, hold the lower lid of your eye
Gently place the contact lens on the white part of your eye. Don’t
blink right away or your contact lens could fold or fall out.
Slowly release your lower eyelid and close your eye.
Look around and blink a few times to help the contact lens settle.
Do the same for your other eye and enjoy being able to see the world
with perfect vision.
Removing contact lenses
Holding your eye open like you did to insert the lens, look up and gently place your finger on the lens. Slide the lens onto the white part of your eye and carefully pinch the lens with your thumb and index finger to remove it.
Can’t stop blinking? Try opening your mouth. This tightens a muscle in your face that makes it more difficult to blink.
Contact lens feels scratchy? You may have a dust particle trapped between the lens and your eye, using clean hands gently sliding the lens onto the white part of your eye and back usually fixes this. If it still feels uncomfortable try removing the lens and rinsing it in solution.
Is your contact lens moving when you blink? It may be inside out. Try reinserting the lens, making sure it’s the right way around.