General tips for wearing contact lenses 

How to insert & your contact lenses

When wearing contact lenses here are some basic techniques and tips:

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.

Look directly at the contact lens or look directly into a mirror and place the lens directly on the cornea (the large coloured circle in the centre of your eye).

Slowly release your hold on the lid. To centre, the lens, close the eyelid and gently massage the lens into place, or with the eye open, carefully move lens into place with lid (using the finger as a guide).

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. Having said that, under no circumstance, however, should you rub your eyes when wearing contact lenses.

Removing your contact lenses

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.

IMPORTANT

  • Hands should be washed with soap 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 fingertips to handle the lens (avoid fingernails and sharp objects).
  • Check lens is clean, wet and damage-free.

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