Insertion of Lens
To avoid mix-ups, develop the habit of always inserting the first lens in your tight eye. Before inserting the lens, check:
- The contact lens for any nicks or tears. If it appears damaged, throw it away.
- Check the lens has not turned inside out. (Place the lens on the tip of your forefinger and hold above eye level; you are looking at the bowl of the lens from the outside)
Once the lens has been examined and you are sure it is not inside out, place it on the tip of your forefinger.
Place the middle finger of the same hand close to your lower eyelashes and pull down the lower lid.
Use the forefinger or middle finger of the other hand to lift the upper lid and place the lens on the eye. Gently release both lids and blink.
Repeat these steps for the left lens.
Removal of Lens
Always remove the same lens first.
Wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly.
Always ensure that the lens is on the middle of your eye before attempting to remove it.
To locate the lens, inspect the upper area of the eye by looking down into a mirror while pulling the upper lid up. Then inspect the lower area by pulling the lower lid down.
Once you have found the lens, you can remove it by using the pinch method introduced below or any other method recommended by your Eye Care Practitioner/optometrist.
Look left, slide the lens down to the white of your eye using you forefinger.
- Gently pinch the lens between your thumb and forefinger and remove the lens.