Contact Lens Handling


Soft Contact Lens Insertion
  1. Always wash and dry your hands before handling contact lenses.
  2. Always insert and remove your contacts over the sink. That way, if you accidentally drop a lens, you'll be able to find it easier. Just make sure to plug the sink!
  3. Pour the right lens and storage solution from the case into your palm. It's good to get in the habit of always working with the right lens first, just to avoid mix-ups.
  4. Make sure your fingers are clean and dry. Soft contacts tend to stick to wet fingers.
  5. Place the right lens on the tip of the index finger of your dominant hand.
  6. Using the middle finger of your other hand, pull and hold your upper eyelid open, so you cannot blink.
  7. Pull down your lower eyelid, using the middle finger of your inserting hand.
  8. Look up and place the lens gently on the lower white part of your eye. Or, look straight at the lens, and place it directly on the center of your eye.
  9. Look down to position the lens correctly
    Release your eyelid, and close your eye for a moment.
Soft Contact Lens Removal
  1. Always wash and dry your hands before handling contact lenses.
  2. Always insert and remove your contacts over the sink. That way, if you accidentally drop a lens, you'll be able to find it easier. Just make sure to plug the sink!
  3. Start with your right eye again, for consistency's sake. Have your lens case open and ready, with fresh contact lens solution waiting.
  4. Make sure the lens is centered on your eye. If your eye feels particularly dry, insert a few rewetting drops to lubricate your lens before removal.
  5. As you look up, pull your lower eyelid down with the middle finger of your inserting hand.
  6. Use your index finger to slide the lens down to the lower white part of your eye.
  7. Gently squeeze the lens between your thumb and index finger, and remove it from your eye.
  8. Rinse the lens with contact solution, and put it into your lens case.