Exactly How To Put In and Take Out Contact Lenses

This is what it looks like to put in a contact lens.

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!

In the video below, Dr. Ryan Corte outlines easy to follow instructions on exactly how to put in and take out your contacts.

If you don’t like the video or want more information, continue reading.

Putting In Your Contact Lenses

Step 1: Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water.

Step 2: Dry your hands with a clean towel.

Step 3: 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.

Washing off contact lenses

Step 4: Check to make sure your contact lens isn’t inside out by doing one of the following:

Option A: 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.

Contact lenses U shape (correct) Contact lenses V shape (incorrect)

Option B: 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.

Contact lenses taco test

Option C: Look for a number or branded laser marking 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 to all contact lens brands.

Contact lens number laser markings (123 vs 321) Contact lens number laser markings (OK vs KO)

Step 5: 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.

Step 6: 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.

Step 7: 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 on the white part of their eye instead.

Step 8: 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.

Step 9: Open your eyes, blink a few times and enjoy clear, comfortable vision wearing your contact lenses!

Things to remember while putting in your contacts

If a contact lens is irritating your eye after putting it in, take it out and make sure it’s not inside out or defected.

Also, keep in mind, astigmatismmultifocal, and specialty contact lenses often take a couple minutes to settle for clear, comfortable vision!

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Taking out your contact lenses

Step 1: Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water.

Step 2: Dry your hands with a clean towel.

Step 3: Fill your contact lens case with fresh contact lens solution.

Note: You can skip this step if you wear daily contact lenses.

Filling contact lens case

Step 4: 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.

Step 5: Use the hand you’re taking out 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.

Step 6: Slide the contact lens off the center of your eye using your pointer finger.

Note: Some people skip this step and simply proceed to step 7.

Step 7: Pinch the contact lens between your thumb and pointer finger and remove it from your eye. At first, this is easier said than done. Therefore, be patient with yourself and take a break if you start to get frustrated.

Step 8: Place the contact lens in your contact lens case for proper storage.

Note: You can place your contact lens in the trash if you wear daily contact lenses.

That’s it! You’re now ready to put in and take out your contact lenses like a pro! If you have any questions, make sure to talk with your eye care professional. Good luck!

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Ryan Corte, OD
Dr. Ryan Corte is an experienced leader with a strong passion for health and wellness education and information transparency. He believes that simplifying health and wellness information helps improve comprehension. This drives greater compliance and better life choices. He is an entrepreneurial professional with a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University. He also completed a residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Illinois College of Optometry. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family, and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.

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