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 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 SPONSORED: Medical history Modern medicine isn't perfect, but it's come a long way. You wouldn't have wanted to take your chances at any other time in history. NOTE: SOME OF THESE IMAGES ARE DISTURBING. NOT FOR SENSITIVE VIEWERS. SPONSORED: Medicines that changed history It is very difficult to imagine a world without medication for diseases. Or for that matter a world without any painkillers. The research and development of medication have come a long way. Here are some medicines that have changed human history. 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 Vote Most heavy drinkers are not alcoholics Medical Poor sleep linked to inflammation in teens News Tygerberg opens HIV biorepository Medical Laser used to remove tattoos may help reduce acne scars Medical How to get a handle on your heartburn Sex ‘The Institute of Sexology’ exhibition From our sponsors What SA women's sex lives look like Sexual superhero: orgasm without ejaculation Does size matter? Quickie encounters: users speak Live healthier » Poultry destroyed after bird flu outbreak in Holland A local ban has been instated in the Dutch village of Hekendorp after an outbreak of bird flu at a local poultry farm. » H7N9 bird flu virus resistant to drugs H7N9 bird flu triggers dangerous immune response Deadly H7N9 bird flu still a threat Bird flu mutation resistant to medication A mutation in a new strain of bird flu infecting people in China can render it resistant to a key first-line treatment drug without limiting its ability to spread in mammals.