Putting Contact Lenses in For the First Time
If you are new to contact lenses, putting contacts in can seem a little scary.
- Figure out which side is the right side of the lens
- Stick that lens in my eye, while my natural reflexes fight me
- When I eventually fail the first time, do my best not to drop and lose my contact down the drain
Does that sound about right? Well, don’t worry, we are here to help with some tips and tricks.
First and foremost, give yourself space and time to get used to putting your new contact lenses in. Find someplace well-lit and clean, preferably with a mirror. The bathroom is great, but for first timers, we don't suggest doing it over the sink. Or, if that is the only place, make sure the drain to the sink is closed, so you don’t accidentally lose one down the drain.
The easiest way to put in contact lenses
Tried and true, this method is going to be the easiest way for you to learn to put your contacts in everyday with confidence. Remember, don’t rush! Take your time getting used to the process.
Wash and dry your hands
Debris and oils from your hands could irritate your eyes or damage the lens. It is important to always wash and dry your hands before you start. Wash your hands with non-perfumed antibacterial soap and dry them with a lint free towel.
Remove one contact from the case
Starting with your right eye’s lens, scoop it out of the case with a dry, clean finger. Rest the contact lens on your index finger. It should sit hollow side up, away from your fingernail. Now, hold your finger eye level to look at the contact lens. You are looking for rips, dust or anything that could be on the lens that might irritate your eye once it is in place. If it is ripped or torn, you must throw it away, do not put it in your eye. If there is any dust or debris, rinse with contact lens solution.
Check that the lens isn’t inside out
Some contact lenses will have a set of numbers or letters on them to indicate that they are right side out. If not, the way to be certain your lens is in the correct position is to look at the edges. If the lens is shaped like a bowl, with the edges nice and straight, it is in the correct position. If the edges flare out, you will need to flip the lens around.
Gently pull the skin away from your eye
Using your free hand, pull your upper eyelid upward with your index finger. Use the middle finger of the hand with the contact lens in it to pull your lower eyelid down.
Slowly bring the contact lens to your eye
With your lower eyelid pulled down and your upper eyelid pulled up, slowly bring the finger with the lens on the tip of it to your eye. Slowly place the contact lens on your eye. Aim for the white part of your eye, if that is more comfortable. Another trick is to look up when you are doing this, to avoid focusing on the lens itself.
Slowly release your eyelids and blink
Once you feel like you have the lens on your eye, slowly release first your upper and then lower eyelids. Slowly close your eye and allow the contact lens to settle in. Looking left to right as well as blinking a few times will also help.
Repeat for the other eye
Take your time, step by step to repeat these tasks for your other eye. It is always a good idea to take things slowly when you are handling your contacts. That way you can avoid damaging the lenses or possibly hurting yourself in the process.
Still nervous? Our friends at ACUVUE have created a great video clip showing you how it is done:
Remember, it is always important to talk to your eye doctor if you are just not getting the hang of it or are running into problems over and over again. It may not be you. You may possibly need a different type of lens. Be sure to talk with your eye care professional.
Disclaimer: This information has been compiled from various sources and is intended for information purposes only. If you have further questions about contact lenses or may be experiencing any vision problems, it is always best to consult with your doctor as soon as possible.