Putting In and Taking Off Color Contacts

Before putting your new lenses in for the first time, read "How To Care For Your New Colored Contacts" for instructions on how to sanitize and prep your lenses before wearing them and care and safety tips.

How To Put In Colored Contacts

1. Start by washing your hands with a soap that is not cream based and dry with a lint-free towel.  

2. Pour, or gently scoop, the first lens into your palm. Inspect the lenses for particles, deposits, small crack or tears. 

3. Place the lens, cup side up, on your dry index finger and check that the lens is not inside out. See tips bellow on how to tell if your lenses are inside out.

4. Hold your upper eyelid open and pull your lower eyelid down with your other hand, to prevent blinking.  Tilt your head slightly back and look up.

5. Place the lens onto the lower part of your eye. Release your eyelids one at a time, lower lid first, and then the upper one. This should slide the lens into place in the center of your eye.

6. It can take a few moments for your eye to become accustom to the lens; if your lenses feel dry or if your vision is blurred blink several times or apply one or two eye drops. 

7. Repeat this procedure with the second lens.

8. If you work with your lenses near the sink, close the drain.  If the lens drops in the sink, you should disinfect the lens again. 

  • If any cream, lotion, dust or lint gets on the lens it can cause irritation, blurriness or even infection so always be sure to handle your lenses with clean hands.
  • Avoid using your fingernails when handling contact lenses.  Lenses are delicate and can tear, scratch and rip easily if not handled carefully.
  • It is advisable to place solution in your lens carrying case and carry it with you at all times. You never know when you may have to remove your lenses.

How To Tell If Your Lenses 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.  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. 

  • 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.
  • 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.


Safely Removing Colored Contacts

1. Start by washing your hands with a soap that is not cream based and dry with a lint-free towel.

2. Place your index finger on the lower eyelid of your eye pulling the eyelid down and look up.

3. Touch the lower edge of the lens with the tip of your index finger and slide the lens downward. 

4. Squeeze the lens lightly between the thumb and the index finger and then gently remove the “folded up” lens from the eye.

5. If you have difficulty removing the lens, place a few comfort drops in the eye, wait a few minutes and try again.

6. Upon removal, place the lens in your palm ready to be cleaned.


Cleaning Your Lenses After You've Taken Them Out


1. You must clean and disinfect your lenses each time you remove them.

2. Squeeze several drops of daily contact lens all purpose solution into your palm.

3. Very gently rub one side of the lens with the solution against the palm of your hand using your index finger for about 5 seconds, in a straight back and forth motion. Then turn the lens over and repeat the cleaning process, adding a few more drops of solution.

4. Rinse the lens thoroughly with more all purpose solution. Never use homemade solutions, tap water or anything other than sterile soft lens solution as they may contain organisms that could cause an infection.

5. Place the lens into one side of the storage case and fill with fresh solution.

* 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: 106, Created On: 1/3/2013, Modified: 2/7/2013