Insertion and Removal Tips

General Tips:

  • Hands should be washed and thoroughly rinsed before handling lenses
  • A soap which is free of oils, lotions or perfumes is recommended
  • Hands should be dried with a lint-free towel
  • Use finger tips to handle lens (avoid finger nails and sharp objects)
  • Check lens is clean, wet and damage-free

How To Insert Your Lenses

1. Place the wet, clean "right" lens on the tip of the index or middle finger of your dominant hand (if you're right-handed this would be your right hand), and pull down the lower lid with the middle or ring finger of the same hand. Use your other hand to hold the upper lid firmly open.

2. Look directly at the lens or look directly into a mirror and place the lens directly on the cornea (the large colored circle in the center of your eye).

3. Slowly release your hold on the lid. If there are any air bubbles beneath the lens, close your eye, and with the eye closed, roll the eye gently. Another way of getting rid of air bubbles is to massage the lids very lightly. Under no condition, however, should your rub your eyes.

Removing the lens:

Look up. With middle finger, hold down lower lid. Use forefinger to slide lens to lower part of eye. Pinch lens with thumb and forefinger and remove without excessively folding the lens.

Cosmetic Tips

Being a contact lens wearer does not mean giving up wearing eye make-up.

  • Make-up should be applied after lens insertion. Lenses should be removed before removing make-up
  • A fast-drying, fiber free mascara is recommended
  • Eye shadow in cream form or as a compact powder has been shown to be the best type for lens wearers
  • Liquid eye-liner can lead to some tinting of soft contact lenses
  • Eye-color pencil should not be applied directly on edge of lower eyelid better to apply on edge of lower eyelash
  • For removal of eye make-up, it is best to use a rich eye make-up remover or water-soluble cleaning emulsions
  • Hand creams, sunscreens and nail polish remover should not be allowed to come into direct contact with the lenses; they can penetrate the lens
  • Care should be used when applying deodorant spray, hair spray, perfume, etc. Aerosols should be avoided when lens case or lens care bottles are standing open. Eyes should be closed when spraying!
  • In an incident: Contamination from cosmetics should be treated with contact lens cleaning solutions only