Preparing for Insertion
Cleanliness is the first and most Important aspect of proper contact lens care. Establish a routine of good hygiene for handling your lenses.
Always wash your hands thoroughly with a mild soap, rinse carefully and dry before touching your lenses.
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 to see it is free of 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.
There are other methods of lens placement. If the above method is difficult for you, your Eye Care Practitioner 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 a lens, follow either of these methods.
If your vision is blurred after inserting the lens, check for the following;
- Cosmetics or oils on the lens. remove it and wear again.
- The lens may be on the wrong eye.
- The lens may be inside out, which would also make it less comfortable than normal.
Do not use oily cosmetics, soaps containing cold cream, lotions or creams before handling your lenses. It is best to insert your lenses before putting on make-up
Keep your eyes closed when using hairspray or other aerosols.
Seek professional advice about wearing lenses during sporting activities.
Always follow the instructions in this leaflet and any advice given to you by your Eye Care Practitioner for the correct handling, insertion, removal, cleaning, disinfecting, storing and use of your lenses.
Never wear lenses longer than the period prescribed.
Do not use the lens if the sterile package has been opened or the tamper evident seal is damaged.
Remember to start with your right eye. 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.
Close your eyelids and gently massage the lens into place through the closed lid.
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.
The lens may not be centered on the eye. Check the instructions above.
If the lens is in the correct position, remove it and look for the following;