Inserting & Removing Contacts

To properly insert and remove your contact lenses, follow the steps below. Although the process can be a challenge at first, it will get easier with practice. So relax, be patient and give yourself time each day to properly care for your lenses. Over time, these steps will help your lenses stay moist, clean and comfortable.


Soft Contact Lens Insertion

  1. Always wash and dry your hands before handling contact lenses.
  2. Always insert and remove your contacts over the sink – that way, if you accidentally drop a lens, you'll be able to find it easier. Just make sure to plug the sink!
  3. Pour the right lens and storage solution from the case into your palm. It's good to get in the habit of always working with the right lens first, just to avoid mix-ups.
  4. Make sure your fingers are clean and dry. Soft contacts tend to stick to wet fingers.
  5. Place the right lens on the tip of the index finger of your dominant hand.
  6. Inspect the lens and lens edges. If any debris is on the lens, rinse it with a multipurpose solution.
  7. If the lens turns up like a bowl, the lens shape is correct. However, if the edges turn out, then the lens is inside out. To correct this, apply a few drops of solution on the lens and reverse it.
  8. Using the middle finger of your other hand, pull and hold your upper eyelid open, so you cannot blink.
  9. Pull down your lower eyelid, using the middle finger of your inserting hand.
  10. Look up and place the lens gently on the lower white part of your eye. Or, look straight at the lens, and place it directly on the centre of your eye.
  11. Look down to position the lens correctly.
  12. Release your eyelid, and close your eye for a moment. Blink several times to centre the lens on your eye.

Repeat these instructions to insert your left contact lens.

Finally, rinse your lens case after each use and let your lens case air dry until you are ready to remove and store your lenses.

Remember always to use fresh multipurpose solution in the lens case. Never reuse or top off solution in the lens case.

Soft Contact Lens Removal

  1. Always wash and dry your hands before handling contact lenses.
  2. Always insert and remove your contacts over the sink – that way, if you accidentally drop a lens, you'll be able to find it easier. Just make sure to plug the sink!
  3. Start with your right eye again, for consistency's sake. Have your lens case open and ready, with fresh contact lens solution waiting.
  4. Make sure the lens is centred on your eye. If your eye feels particularly dry, insert a few rewetting drops to lubricate your lens before removal.
  5. As you look up, pull your lower eyelid down with the middle finger of your inserting hand.
  6. Use your index finger to slide the lens down to the lower white part of your eye.
  7. Gently squeeze the lens between your thumb and index finger, and remove it from your eye.
  8. On occasion your lens may fold during handling. To correct this, apply a few drops of multipurpose solution to your folded lens in your palm and gently rub the lens back and forth until it slides open again. Never try to pull the lens apart.
  9. Rinse the lens with contact solution, and put it into your lens case.

Repeat for your left eye, and you're done!

Always follow your contact lens solution instructions. Cleaning and storing your lenses is also very important in preparing them for your next use.

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