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Lens Insertion & Removal



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:
  1. The contact lens for any nicks or tears. If it appears damaged,  throw it away.
  2. 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.

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There are other methods of lens placement. If the above method is  difficult for you, your Eye Care Practitioner / Optometrist can  provide an alternative.

Usually, the lens centers itself automatically on the middle of your  eye when insert it and will very rarely be displaced on to the white  of your eye during wear. However, this can occur if insertion and  removal are not performed properly. 

To center the lens, follow either of these methods:

  1. Close your eyelids and gently massage the lens into place  through the closed lid.
  2. Or, gently manipulate the off-centered lens onto the middle of  your eye while the eye is opened, using finger pressure on the  edge of the upper or lower lid.


If your vision is blurred after inserting the lens, the lens may not be  centered on the eye.

If the lens is in the correct position, remove it and look for the  following:

  1. Cosmetics or oils on the lens.
  2. Remove it and wear again.The lens may be on the wrong eye.
  3. The lens may be inside out, which would also make it less  comfortable than normal.


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.
For the cleaning of the lenses, refer to HERE