Are you new to wearing contact lenses? Maybe you’ve worn them before and need a refresher on how to properly do so? Regardless of your experience level, below is a simple, step-by-step guide to putting in and taking out contact lenses!
Putting In Your Contact Lenses
Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water.
Dry your hands with a clean towel.
Remove your contact lens from its package or case. Note: If you wear contact lenses stored in a case, rinse them off with contact lens solution.
Check to make sure your contact lens isn’t inside out by doing one of the following:
Look for a “U” over a “V” shape. Do this by placing the contact lens on the tip of your finger. Carefully assess the lens to make sure it makes a “U” shape. If it makes a “V” shape or flares out, it’s inside out.
Perform the “Taco” test. Do this by putting the contact lens between your pointer finger and thumb. Next, pinch the lens together and look to see if it makes the shape of a taco. If it appears the lens is bowing out, it’s inside out.
Look for a number or branded laser markings on your contact lens. Place the lens on the tip of your finger and look for a number or branded laser markings. If they’re backward, your lens is inside out. *Not applicable for all contact lens brands.
Hold your upper eyelid with your alternate hand to prevent blinking. It’s best to hold your eyelid as close to the white part of your eye as you can.
Use the hand you’re putting in your contact lens with to pull down your lower eyelid. Again, it’s best to hold your eyelid as close to the white part of your eye as you can.
Place the contact lens onto the front of your eye. Note: Some people find it easier to look up or down and place the contact lens onto the white part of their eye instead.
Release one eyelid THEN your other eyelid (but not both at the same time). From there, gently close your eyes and slowly move them around – this allows your contact lens to settle.
Open your eyes, blink a few times and enjoy clear, comfortable vision wearing your contact lenses!