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Inserting Soft Lenses

Inserting Soft Lenses

How to insert your soft contact lenses video

Inserting Soft Lenses

nfortunately, there’s no way of getting around manually placing contacts in your eyes. People who can’t get used to inserting contacts with their fingers simply won’t enjoy the many benefits of these lenses. 

Although it might seem daunting at first, we believe anyone can master placing contacts in their eyes with plenty of perseverance and patience. We encourage all new contact lens wearers to never give up in their initial efforts. After a few weeks of diligent practice, you’ll be surprised just how much easier it is to insert your lenses.   
Anyone interested in figuring out how to properly put contacts in their eyes should keep reading. Below, you’ll find an easy-to-follow guide on how to safely put contacts in your eyes. As you read further, you’ll discover unique tips to get you prepped as you wait for your lenses.   

A Simple Technique For Inserting Contacts

Below, you’ll find our simple strategy for safely putting contacts in your eyes every day. As you become more skilled at inserting your lenses, of course, feel free to add your own preferences to these guidelines. 

• Wash your hands with soapy water and dry thoroughly with a clean towel before you ever handle contacts. 
• Use your fingertips (not your nails!) to pick up one lens from your blister pack or solution-filled contact lens case. 
• Sprinkle a few drops of solution on your contact lens and gently rub it on the palm of your hand.
• Check for any scratches or cloudy patches and then rinse the lens with more solution. 
• Once your lens is clean, ensure it’s facing the correct direction by looking for bowl-shaped edges (more on this a bit later).
• Put your contact lens on the tip of your dominant hand’s index finger. 

Inserting Soft Lenses

• Look upwards and pull your upper eyelid with your non-dominant hand’s fingers.
• Pull down on your lower eyelid with your dominant hand’s middle and fourth fingers. 
• Gently lower the lens into your pupil until it makes contact.
• Close both your eyes and roll your pupils until the lens feels secure. 
• Repeat for the second eye. 

Are My Lenses Right-Side Up?

Yes, there is a right and a wrong way to insert your lenses. Thankfully, there’s also an easy way to test which way your lenses are facing before inserting them.
When it comes to checking your contacts, it’s all about the edges.

You want your soft contact to have very smooth edges just like a bowl. If your lens is the wrong way, it will have a noticeable indentation at the edge, almost like an upside-down UFO.   

Roll Test contact lenses

Another easy way to identify this is using the 'Taco Test' if the contact lens is generally pinched and the edges roll outwards - then your lens is inside out.

Taco Test contact lenses

Interestingly, not everyone can immediately sense when they put in their contact lenses the wrong way. While some will immediately feel eye discomfort and pressure, others might only notice symptoms like blurry vision or eye pain hours after they put them in. 
Obviously, contacts weren’t designed to be put in upside-down, so it’s important to thoroughly screen your contacts before placing them in your eyes. Wearing lenses that are upside-down could lead to significant eye pain and even corneal damage. 

By the way, there are a few companies out there that make their lenses with special symbols to help you tell if it’s right-side up.

Inside Out Marking Contact Lens


Definitely check with your optometrist to see if this is the case with your lenses.    

Can I use a Sucker to Help me Insert Soft Contact Lenses?

Optiwand

There are a variety of suckers on the market, like Optiwand that are used to hold your contact lenses for insertion, instead of balancing the contact lens on your index finger. 

Some people find these helpful for alignment - but reviews on Amazon are mixed. Some people give them five stars and say that without this device they just could not handle contact lenses, and others 1 star who found it useless. If you use this device then remember to clean it regularly.


So, How Do I Get These Lenses Out? 

Now that you’ve successfully placed your contacts in your eyes, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to get them out. Luckily for you, we have an article detailing proper lens removing technique. Be sure to click this link to find our instructions on contact lens removal.

Finally - keep at it, most people succeed eventually!


Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 24 Apr 2015, Last modified: 4 Mar 2020