Contact Lens Handling Tips and Tricks

  • For any type of disposable soft lens, gently shake a new package before you open it. This will help keep the lens from sticking to the lid and tearing upon opening.
  • Always keep your contact lenses moist for optimal vision.
  • If your lenses feel dry while wearing them, it is okay to use a few drops of solution or rewetting drops (specifically designed for contact lenses).
  • There are three ways you can tell whether your lens is inside out:
    1. With the lens placed on your index finger, check to see if it is in a half-ball shape. If it is inside out, it will look more like a soup bowl with rims (the edges will be poking out more.)
    2. Newer brands have etched markings on the lens, such as "123", "OK", or the brand name. The lens will be correct if you can read the markings while looking at the outside of the lens. If it is inside out, the markings will be backwards.
    3. If your lens has a handling tint, the rim will be a deep blue (or green, depending on the tint). If it is inside out, the rim will be clear.
  • If you experience any type of discomfort, burning, or pain upon inserting a contact lens, immediately remove it and rinse it off with solution. If the feeling persists after putting it in again, remove the lens and visit our office.

Insertion and Removal Techniques

To insert your lenses:

  1. Wash and dry your hands.
  2. Place your right lens on top of the index finger of your dominant hand.
  3. Using the first couple fingers of your other hand, pull and hold open your upper eyelid (underneath eyelashes) so that you cannot blink.
  4. Pull down your lower eyelid using the middle finger of your inserting hand.
  5. Using gentle pressure, place the lens directly in the center of your right eye.
  6. Look down to position the lens correctly.
  7. Slowly release your eyelids and close your eye momentarily.
  8. Blink a few times to make sure the lens is properly centered.
  9. Repeat with your left lens.

To remove your lens:

  1. Wash and dry your hands.
  2. Using the first couple fingers of your non-dominant hand, pull and hold open your upper eyelid (underneath eyelashes) so that you cannot blink.
  3. Pull down your lower eyelid using the middle finger of your inserting hand.
  4. Looking up, use your index finger to slide the contact lens down to the lower white part of your eye.
  5. Gently squeeze the contact lens between your thumb and index finger and pull the lens down and away from your eye.
  6. Repeat with your other eye.