Soft contact lens insertion and removal

Which Way Round:

If a lens is inserted inside out, it will feel uncomfortable and often give fluctuating vision.
1. Profile Method: Look at the edge profile of the lens

2. Engraving or identifying marks: If there is an engraving to identify the correct orientation of your lenses, your practitioner will demonstrate it.
3. Squeeze Test: Gently squeeze the lens between thumb and forefinger. If the edges meet, the lens is the correct way.
There are several different ways that you can insert and remove your contact lenses.  Below is the method we recommend.  



Lens Insertion:

To avoid confusion, make it a habit of inserting the same lens first.
Check the lens is clean and moist – if not, rinse with saline or multipurpose solution.
Check the lens is not inside out.
  • Balance the lens on the tip of your forefinger.
  • Pull the lower lid down with the middle finger of the same hand.
  • Hold the upper lid firmly from above with the middle finger of the other hand. Make sure the finger is placed just where the eyelid meets the eyelashes.
  • The eye is now wide open and the cornea exposed.
  • Place the lens directly on the eye or alternatively look up prior ti insertion
  • Release the lower and then the upper lid. Look down and gently close the eyes.  Rub the top lid lightly to rub out any trapped air bubbles.
  • If the lens is not properly centered on the cornea, gently manipulate by using fingertips and eyelids.

Lens Removal:

  • We recommend removing your contacts in the same order each time
  • Wash your hands and dry them using a lint free towel
  • Look up
  • Hold your bottom eyelid down using the middle finger of your removing hand
  • Pull your upper eyelid open with the index finger of your other hand
  • Bring your index finger to the middle of your lens
  • Slide the lens down
  • Squeeze lens between your thumb and forefinger

Important Things to Remember:

  • Discontinue lens wear if you experience persistent discomfort, redness or blurred vision and consult your practitioner.
  • Lenses may become contaminated if worn in swimming pools or saunas.
  • Unless advised by your practitioner, lenses should not be worn while sleeping.
  • Extended wear lenses for overnight wear require special instructions from your practitioner.
  • Lenses must be stored wet.
  • It is not advisable to wear lenses during periods of illness such as colds, influenza etc.
  • Always use fresh solution. Do not use expired solutions/re-wetting eye drops/tear lubricants.
  • Discard the lenses as recommended by your practitioner.
  • Remove lenses before using medicated eye drops, undergoing surgery or anaesthesia.
  • While wearing lenses, do not use any eye drops other than those, which your practitioner may recommend. Consult your eye care practitioner if in doubt.
  • Insert lenses before applying makeup.
  • Avoid hairspray.
  • Avoid moisturiser and liquid hand soaps with moisturising additives before handling lenses.

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