Home > Medical > Eye Health > Contact lenses 15 December 2008 How to insert your contact lens Some people are a little squeamish about sticking a little piece of plastic into the eye. Here’s how to put your contact lenses in without tears. 0 Pin It Healthy eyes on the digital world A journey through the human eye: how we see Some people are a little squeamish about sticking a little piece of plastic into the eye. Here’s how to put your contact lenses in without tears. Keep your fingernails trimmed and clean. Wash your hands with soap and rinse them off well. Be sure that they’re free of traces of nicotine or any of the stuff you use while doing your ablutions, such as perfume, cold cream or toothpaste; Open the vial and pour the contents into your cupped hand; Keep your hand cupped and pour saline solution into it, allowing the excess to run out between your fingers; Put the contact lens facing downward on the tip of your index finger of your dominant hand. Remember that your finger should be dry; Roll your eyes heavenwards, pull your lower eyelid outward and gently push the contact lens onto the lower part of the eyeball; Apply the most of gentle of pressure to expel any air from behind the lens, then slowly release the lower eyelid; Close your eye and gently rub the eyelid to help centre it on the eye; Cover the other eye and check that your vision is clear, which will indicate that the lens is centred on the eye; Repeat this process for the other eye; More in Medical How to remove your contact lenses More: Eye HealthContact lenses advertisement Get a quote Bestmed - offering you quality healthcare and freedom of choice Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare Medihelp - quality, affordable medical scheme cover advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Lifestyle Viagra may ease period pain Mental health Better to focus on time than money Medical Contact lenses may soon dispense drugs Lifestyle Smoking cessation drugs OK for heart Lifestyle Early puberty in girls linked to bad behaviour Fitness Exercise gives dementia sufferers a boost From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life. Live healthier Grief » Phases of grief Culture and grief Grieving in holidays How do you deal with grief? There is no right way of coping with death. The way a person grieves depends on the personality of that person and the relationship with the person who has died. Weight loss » Healthy snacking Weight and heart Texting and weight 10 tips to lose weight Need to shed some weight? Get rid of those extra kilos for good with these 10 expert weight loss tips, compiled by Health24's DietDoc, Dr Ingrid van Heerden.