If the lens touches the nail, it cuts or snags the lens as they are very soft. They are all tested before vialed.
HOW TO INSERT & REMOVE CONTACT LENSES
This page will show you how to insert and remove your contact lenses in a way that is safe and easy to follow. If you have never worn coloured contact lenses before this can be a little fiddly but with practice it is actually very easy to do.
Before we start you will need not only your contact lenses but also a contact lens case and a bottle of contact lens solution. These are essential in order to use your lenses correctly and care for them properly. You may also like to use a pair of contact lens tweezers. These are not essential but many people find that they make it easier to handle contact lenses. We recommend contact lens tweezers for anyone with long nails, as long nails can damage contact lenses.
How To Insert Contact Lenses
It may take you a few attempts to insert your coloured contact lenses for the first time. Don't worry - this is normal and you will soon get the hang of it. It is best to insert your lenses is in a brightly lit area with a freestanding or wall mounted mirror. A bathroom is ideal. If possible have a clean, smooth surface below you - if you drop a lens, this will make it easier to find.
Contact lens tweezers are optional but recommended if you have long nails, as they could damage the lens. These instructions are for right-handed people - left-handers should use the opposite hand.
- Wash and dry your hands.
- Pick up the lens and place it on your right index finger. Use either your fingers or lens tweezers. Ensure that the lens sits on the tip of your finger with the printed (brightest) side facing downwards. The lens should look smooth and rounded. Check that the lens is not dry, damaged or dirty. If it is, rinse with a drop of lens solution.
- Use a tissue to dry your other fingertips and ensure eye area is dry.
- Use your right middle finger to pull down your lower eyelid. Use your left hand to pull up the upper eyelid. You should be able to see white all around your eye.
- Look straight ahead into the mirror.
- Gently place the lens in the centre of your eye. You should feel the lens settle on your eye.
- Remove your finger. The lens should remain on your eye. If not simply try again.
- Still holding the eye open, look to the left and right. Release your eyelids and blink. This will help the lens settle into the right place.
- Look in the mirror and check that the lens is in the right place. It should be over your iris.
- Repeat for other eye.
Many people find it hard not to blink when they bring the lens close to their eye. This is common and simply a question of practise. We recommend practising holding your eye open and bringing a fingertip close to your eye, without the lens. You can also try exhaling before you place the lens on your eye. This will help to calm you down and keep your hands steady. Another common problem is that people do not hold their eye open properly. If you are having problems we recommend practising a few times.