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How To Insert Contact Lenses

How To Insert Contact Lenses

This film contains essential advice for those who wear contact lenses. We demonstrate the correct way to insert a contact lens into your eye. For this film we are using soft disposable contact lenses.

Step 1: You will need

  • A pair of soft lenses
  • Solution
  • A clean contact lens case
  • Plain, non-moisturising soap
  • A towel. Use lint-free paper towels if possible.
  • A wash basin
  • A mirror
  • Plenty of light

Step 2: Wash and dry hands

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water, then make sure all the soap is rinsed off. Use a towel to completely dry your hands so there is no water left on them.

Step 3: Prepare

Open the lens case and carefully remove the first contact lens. If your eyes have different prescriptions, your optometrist will tell you which lens is for the right eye and which is for the left. Place the lens onto the index finger of your dominant hand. Make sure the contact lens is not inside out. The outer edge of the lens should curve inwards not outwards.

Step 4: Insert Contact Lens

Using the middle finger of your dominant hand, gently pull your lower eyelid downwards. Using the middle finger of your other hand, pull your upper eyelid upwards. Look up at the ceiling and gently place the contact lens onto the lower white part of your eye.

Step 5: Adjust

Let go of your eyelids and blink several times to adjust. You may also need to roll your eye around in different directions for the contac lens to centre itself. If there are air bubbles trapped under the lens, close your eye and press softly onto your closed eyelid to eject the bubbles.

Step 6: Repeat

Now repeat the procedure for your other eye. For further information watch VideoJug's films 'How to remove contact lenses' and 'How to clean contact lenses.' You are now ready to enjoy your day without glasses.