- Vision & Eye Care
How to Insert, Remove, and Handle Soft Contact Lenses
Are you new to contact lenses?
Learning to handle and care for contact lenses requires time and patience. The actual process of learning to insert and remove a contact lens for the first time can be challenging and will require a lot of practice. It is important to stay focused (no pun intended) and not get frustrated.
Be patient with yourself and practice, practice, practice!
Instructions on Insertion
1. Wash hands thoroughly
2. Open up contact lens case and always reach for the right lens first.
Make it a habit to always put on the right one first and take it out first so you don't get the two mixed up (important if there is a different prescription in each eye).
3. Place lens in palm of hand and apply a couple drops of contact lens solution. Rub lens gently against the palm of your hand with a finger tip.
4. Now place len on tip of index finger (right index finger if you are right handed and left finger if left handed).
5. Do make sure your finger tip is dry before placing lens on finger tip.
6. Make sure the lens has the correct curvature and is not inside out.
7. With the aid of both hands, make sure you have a good grip of both upper and lower eyelids. So if you try to blink, you will not be able to.
8. Look into mirror and slowly approach the colored part of eye.
9. Apply gentle pressure to allow the lens to adhere to the eye.
10. Slowly back away finger
11. Look in different directions and slowly blink to allow the contact lens to settle on eye.
12. Make sure lens is on eye correctly. Look into the mirror or check to see if you can focus out of that eye.
Instructions on Removal
1. Wash hands thoroughly
2. Hold back both upper and lower eyelids as you gently slide the contact lens downward with your index finger.
3. As you slide down, gently pinch the lens with your index finger and thumb.
4. Place lens in contact lens case.
5. Fill case with multi-purpose soft contact lens solution.
6. Close case and place in a safe, clean environment.
How long did it take you to put on a contact lens on your first try?
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