Insertion and Removal of Contact Lenses


  1. Hands should be washed and thoroughly rinsed before handling lenses preferably with a soap which is free of oils, lotions or perfumes is recommended
  2. Hands should be dried with a lint-free towel
  3. Use finger-tips to handle lens (avoid finger nails and sharp objects)
  4. Check lens is clean, wet and damage free
  5. Check the 'inside-out'- ness of the soft lens. Looking from the side, the lens edges should be pointing straight up. An inside-out lens will have its edges pointing outwards.

6. 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.

7. Look directly at the 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).

8. 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.  



Removal tips - with short fingernails:

Use your right thumb and longest finger to fold the lens out of the eye. Grab it from the outer edges of the lens (on the white of your eye) at about the 3- and 9 o'clock positions. Fold firmly. You can use your left hand to move either the top or the bottom lid out of the way - whichever seems to work best for you.

Removal tips - with long fingernails:

For the right eye, use your right hand - put the pad of your longest finger  in the middle of the lens and drag it down firmly, in one fluid motion. It will buckle in the lower cul-de-sac (space between the eyeball and the inner eyelid) and you can then pluck it off the edge of the lower eyelid. Repeat using the left hand for your left eye. Use the other hand to pull down on the lower lid so it's easier to get the lens out.


If your lens is uncomfortable upon insertion, first look towards your nose with that eye, so that a whole pile of the white of your eye is showing on the "ear" side. With one finger, drag the lens towards your ear, then look towards the lens. This will re-centre the lens, usually having dislodged the particle. If this doesn't work, do it again. If it fails to work the second time, take the lens out, check that it's not inside-out, rinse it and start again.