Inserting your contact lenses

Before you start:

  • Ensure your fingernails are short, clean and neatly trimmed.
  • Always wash your hands prior to inserting your contact lenses.
  • Remove the lens from its storage case and ensure it is visibly clean and not damaged.
  • Ensure that you only insert your right lens into your right eye and vice versa.
Fig 1
  • Check to see that the lens is the correct way round (your Optician will demonstrate this to you).
  • Place the lens on the tip of your right index finger (left index finger if you are left handed).
Fig 2
  • Looking up, place the middle finger of the same hand close to your lower eyelashes and gently pull down the lower eyelid.
Fig 3
  • Looking down, use the fingers of the other hand to lift the upper eyelid.
  • Looking at the lens, place it directly on the cornea (centre of the eye).
  • Looking down, carefully release the lower lid and then upper lid.
  • Keep looking down for a couple of seconds to enable the lens to settle.
  • If the lens does not settle remove the lens and seek advice from your Optician.