How To Tell If Your Color Contacts Are Inside Out

How to know if your color contacts are inside out

There are a few simple tricks that can be used to tell which is the front and which is the back on color contacts.  Putting a contact lens on inside out will feel uncomfortable but it won't harm your eyes, the lenses might even pop out of your eyes because they are not fitting snugly.

Before putting in or handling your color contacts, you should immediately get into the habit of handling and cleaning your lenses properly.  Begin by washing your hands with a non-cream-based soap and drying with a lint-free towel.  Follow our Step-by-Step Contact Lens Care and Instructions for details on how to disinfect, insert, remove, clean and store your lenses.

Is My Contact Lens Inside Out - The Side View

  • After washing your hands, gently scoop one of your lenses out of the storage case and place it cup side up on your index finger, as if you were going to put it into your eye.  Hold your finger up in front of your eyes and look closely at the side of the lens lens, not down into the lens.  If the lens looks like a cup with perfectly upright edges, half of a ball, or a "U" shape, it is right side out.  If the edges flair out and look like a bowl with a rim or are a fluted shape, your color contacts are inside out.

Is My Contact Lens Inside Out - The Taco Test

  • Hold your contact lens carefully between your index finger and your thumb, cup side up.  Gently squeeze the lens so the edges are free and the lens starts to fold in half.  If the lens looks like a hard taco, with the edges pointing straight up, it is right side out.  If the edges flair out towards your fingers the lens is inside out.

If your color contacts are inside out don't worry, just gently flip them!  Always be careful and gentle with your lenses, they can tear if nicked with a fingernail or if squeezed too hard.  It can be tricky at first to tell which is the front and which is the back of a colored contact lens but the more you wear your lenses the easier it will get for you to tell.

* These are basic guidelines and helpful tips on lens wear and care and are intended for informational purposes only.  Always follow your Eye Doctor's instructions for proper care and use of your color contacts.

Article ID: 101, Created On: 1/2/2013, Modified: 2/5/2013