How To Put Your Lens In


A simple step-by-step guide and troubleshooting tips.

It’s always the lids!

Counting to 3 also helps…

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‘‘I can’t get my lens in!’’

These tips might help you:

Getting frustrated and tense doesn’t help! Try to relax, take a deep breath. It is always your eye lids that are the problem. Make sure your fingers and lids are dry and your fingertips are near your eye lashes. Practice this a few times.

It is common to look up at the moment the lens goes on your eye. Try and look at the lens centre on your finger until it is on your eye, or look at something with your other eye. Also counting to 3 after the lens is on before you let go helps.

Try and keep your hand still and get your eye onto the lens (move your head towards your finger) rather than the lens onto your eye (move your finger towards your eye). You can also place the lens in between two fingers instead of on a fingertip.

As long as it is not on the white part of your eye it will go to the right place when your eyes are shut. It might sit off centre (usually low) when your eye is open. Don’t worry, the eye map done at your check-up shows where the lens is behind your closed eye.

James (15), first week, over an hour a night… almost gave up!

I couldn’t live without my night lenses now. But at the beginning I struggled so much I nearly gave up. I’m glad I didn’t! One time I took over an hour and a half to put them in. My eyelids were sore, I was angry and frustrated. So how did I figure it out? I wasn’t holding my eyelids open enough, my fingers were slippery, I was rushing it and I wasn’t letting the lens go right onto my eye.

To fix this (this might fix it for you):

1. I practiced holding my eyelids open as wide as I could with my thumb and finger. REALLY wide open

2. I washed my face (got rid of my greasy skin) and made sure my fingers were dry and not covered in solution – this fixed slipping

3. I stopped using my finger and used the sucker – and focused slowly putting the lens right onto my eye, counting to 3 and removing. I closed my other eye and watched all the way, right onto my eye until I felt it go on. It didn’t hurt as I thought it would.

I always worried about poking myself in the eye, so thought about it too much, panicked, blinked and missed! It literally isn’t like that. Once you realise that it’s ok to put the lens firmly onto the eye, that it dosn’t hurt, the lens does the rest – the drop of solution in the lens kinda ‘schlups’ into onto the eye. Easy!

I get it every time now. It’s easy. I guess my brain knows what to do and I don’t overthink it. Try doing what I did and I think that might work for you. Really really really wide eyelids, non slippy skin, close the other eye and a slow, focused positioning of the lens onto the eye – don’t panic or rush the last bit, think about what you are doing

Benjamin (17), I used youtube to control my blink reflex!

I had a blink reflex I couldn’t stop and couldn’t get my lenses in. So I would put my mobile on the towel and watch youtube while I put my lenses in, which helped keep my eyes open. I guess it became a muscle memory so I was able to do it without my mobile and youtube fairly quickly. It’s now dead easy. Stick at it!”

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