Contact Care Guide

How to Insert Contact Lens

  • STEP 1: Wash and dry your hands completely using soap and a clean towel.
  • STEP 2: Rinse lenses using solution to remove dirt or debris. (You can skip this step with brand-new contacts that haven’t been worn.) Tip: You don't want to mix up your lenses so remember to always insert and remove the lens for your RIGHT eye first.
  • STEP 3: Put the lens on the tip of your index finger. Make sure the lens is not inside out by checking the marker if appropriate.
  • STEP 4: Using your free hand, hold your upper eyelid in place so that you don’t blink.
  • STEP 5: Using the free fingers of the inserting hand, pull down on your lower eyelid.
  • STEP 6: Looking up, place the lens on the lower part of your eye.
  • STEP 7: Slowly remove your hand from your eyelid allowing your eye to close for a moment.
  • STEP 8: Blink a few times naturally, so that the lens centers.
  • STEP 9: If the lens feels uncomfortable or irritates your eye, take it out and check for damage or debris. If the lens is damaged, then throw it away. Otherwise, use solution to rinse it and reinsert.

How to Remove a Contact Lens

  • STEP 1: Wash and dry your hands completely using soap and a clean towel.
  • STEP 2: Looking up, pull down your lower eyelid.
  • STEP 3: Touch the lower edge of the lens with your index finger.
  • STEP 4: Slide the contact lens down to the white part of your eye.
  • STEP 5: Using your thumb and index finger, squeeze the lens gently and remove it.
  • STEP 6: Use the same procedure to remove the other lens.

 

 

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Ditch the dirt. Dirt for contact lenses comes in the form of protein build-up and other eye and environmental “muck.” And, routine cleaning only lasts so long. So, at the designated times, toss the contacts and use a fresh pair. That’s why they’re called disposable.

Not at night. If your contacts aren’t the overnight-approved, extended wear variety, don’t treat them that way. Daily wear contacts need nightly soaks to clean and disinfect them. The morning routine should include a simple rinse with fresh solution before putting them in your eyes.

Wash away. The cardinal rule of staying healthy, in general, is wash your hands often. When it comes to contact lenses, often means immediately before you handle them. This will help keep them clean and free of nasty stuff, like skin oils, dust and salty sweat.

No to nails. Only your fingertips should touch your contacts. Fingernails can easily rip the delicate material. If you wear your nails long, find another technique to retrieve the contacts from the container before transferring to your finger. The soft disinfected tip of a medicine dropper can do the trick.

Refuse to reuse. Here’s one instance where recycling is a no-no. Never reuse contact lens solution. Ever. Use fresh stuff every night.

Forget the fumes. Whenever you can, avoid wearing contacts when you’re around irritating or toxic fumes. For example, wear your glasses for hair-dying adventures or oven cleaning.

Banish beauty-aids. Well, around your contacts anyway. Keep soaps, lotions, cosmetics, perfumes and other daily “must-do's” away from your contacts.