How To Insert and Remove Your Contact Lenses

Check that your soft or disposable contact lens is right side out.


How to insert your contact lenses

  • Make sure that your fingers are clean and dry. (Dry fingers facilitate handling as soft contact lenses tend to stick to wet fingers).
  • Remove your lens from the storage case.
  • It is a good idea to get in the habit of always working with the same lens first, the right or left, in order to avoid mix-ups.
  • Place the lens on the tip of your index finger.
  • Using the middle finger of your other hand, pull and hold your upper lid so that you cannot blink.
  • Pull down your lower eyelid, using the middle finger of your inserting hand.
  • Look up and place the lens gently on the lower white part of your eye.
  • Slowly release your eyelid and close your eye for a moment.
  • Blink several times to centre the lens on your eye.
  • Sometimes, small dust particles trapped behind the lens during its placement can cause discomfort. To remove dust, slide the lens off and then back onto the front of your eye.
  • Insert the other lens following the same procedure.

How to remove your contact lenses

  • Wash and dry your hands.
  • Make sure that your lens is centred correctly on your eye.
  • Looking up, pull down your lower eyelid with the middle finger of your inserting hand.
  • Bring your index finger close to your eye until you touch the lower edge of the lens.
  • Slide the lens down to the lower white part of your eye.
  • Gently squeeze the lens between your thumb and index finger and remove it from your eye.
  • Follow the lens care procedures recommended by your eye care practitioner.
  • Remove the other lens and follow the same procedure.