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 Child who can see in the dark Healthy eyes on the digital world 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: So many prizes! Click through and see our fantastic competitions. advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare 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 Diet and nutrition US introduces menu calorie labelling to fight obesity Medical Could heartburn drugs upset your 'good' gut bacteria? Medical Is TB spinning out of control in South Africa? Lifestyle Hookah smokers are inhaling benzene Medical Early puberty linked to increased depression risk Medical Phil Hughes suffers head injury after being hit by cricket ball From our sponsors Uncontrolled periodontal disease and diabetes – a collective health risk? Exam stress – a challenge for the whole family Eduloan offers affordable education finance Live healthier Allergy alert » Allergy myths Cold or allergy? Children and allergies Allergy facts vs. fiction Some of the greatest allergy myths and misconceptions can actually be damaging to your health. Vitamin wise » Vitamins for HIV What to eat for vitamin B? Cut down on vitamins All you need to know about vitamins Find out which vitamin to use for which condition. Ask our Vitamin expert.