Contact Lenses for Beginners | How to Put in Contacts

So if you are just beginning to wear
contact lenses then this is the video for you because I’m gonna show you how
to put in contacts easily and without hurting yourself
let’s take a look. Hello and welcome I’m dr. Joseph Allen I’m the host here on doctor
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before I start showing you how to put in contacts us want to say this best for
you to have already done through a type of fitting course with an eye care
professional at your eye clinic or an optical because with that hands-on
training that’s going to give you the best chance of success with contact
lenses because they can actually guide you through really how to put them in
how they want you to actually handle the contact lenses and they can troubleshoot
any sort of problems you may have also just on the off chance that you do end
up hurting your eye you’ll be at the eye clinic so that the doctor can take care
of you right away but assuming you’ve already gone through that fitting course
and you’re still having difficulties then this video is gonna help you out
let’s get to it now the first thing is you need to wash
your hands lots of microorganisms bacteria can live on your hands same
thing with lots of grease and germs just make sure you wash all those off then
you need to dry your hands thoroughly best using some type of a cloth or a
towel that is lint-free otherwise a little fibers of lint will get stuck in
your finger and that gets on the lens and then that can get to your eye and
then the lens won’t be comfortable now though the hands are clean and dry from
any lint you want to verify your contact lens prescriptions it is best to always
start with the same eye every time you put in your contact lenses because I am
right hand dominant I’m actually gonna put in my right eye first
now some contact lenses do come in little glass vials but most of the time
you’ll see him in a little blister pack like this one here basically you just
open the blister pack or the bottle and the lens should be inside to remove the
contact lens use the padding of your pointer finger to pick up the lens being
careful not to hit it with your fingernail as that could actually damage
the lenses and if you have long fingernails consider clipping them
because that’ll reduce your chance of hurting your eyes again it’s best to put
the contact lens on the pointer finger of your dominant hand because that’s
gonna give you more control now you actually want to inspect the lens for
any sort of defects that means if you see any sort of chipping any sort of
like wrinkled edges or if it’s already or torn then you’re not gonna want to
put that in your eye you’re gonna want to discard that lens and open a new one
no you really want to pay attention to this part because this part is really
important for having good comfort in your lenses soft lenses like this one
actually have a correct way that they sit on the eye but they can also be
inside-out and you don’t want to be putting a lens that’s inside-out on the
eye because it’ll slide around and won’t be comfortable and it’ll give you kind
of variable fluctuating vision to check if the soft lens is the correct way or
if it’s inside out you actually want to look at it from the side if the lens is
sitting the correct way it should look like a perfect bowl like in this image
here otherwise if it is inside-out it’ll look more like this image with the edges
kind of flange about word if you’re having trouble seeing that then another
cool way to do it is called the taco test and that means if the lens is
actually sitting the correct way and you pinch it from the sides it’ll actually
fold in on itself looking like a taco if the lens is
inside out when you pinch on it it’ll actually again fall outward and it won’t
actually sit correctly it’ll basically fight against itself hey are you getting
value out of this if so smash that like button for me now if you’re like me you
can put your contacts in staring into a mirror upright or you can look down onto
a mirror on the counter as well now this part here is the real secret to getting
your contact lenses easily and that is controlling your eyelids for most people
the actual difficulty of getting contact lenses in is because they’re very
sensitive about anything coming toward their eyes and so by controlling your
eyelids and keeping them open the lid won’t come down hit the lens it won’t
fall out now the secret of controlling the eyelids is actually to use both
hands I use my non-dominant hand of the middle finger to hold the eyelid at the
very top edge of that upper eyelid and I actually hold it to the orbital bone
that way the upper eyelid doesn’t really move anywhere then I use my dominant
hand middle finger with the lens on the pointer finger and I hold the lower
eyelid with that middle finger and then I can just put the lens directly on to
the cornea bringing that contact lens to the eye can be a little scary sometimes
but the lens actually acts as a shield so it actually protects your eye from
feeling anything so yeah touching the eye with the finger with the contact
lens in place shouldn’t really feel anything again don’t feel
discouraged if it touches the lashes and it falls out just clean up the lens a
little bit with some solution and try again now there is the optional step of
using one single drop of solution into the lens just to give it a little bit
extra cushion some people find that a little bit more comfortable one more
time I’m gonna show you how that works again I hold the top eyelid right in the
middle I’m gonna hold the bottom eyelid right in the middle and then I’m just
gonna put the lens straight onto the eye and blink a few times there we go
now right away when you put the contact lenses in don’t expect your vision to be
perfect right off the bat a lot of times the lenses do have to settle on the eye
for the first couple of minutes before your vision really starts to dial in
especially if you’re somebody who has an astigmatism or a toric contact lens
that sort of lens actually has a weight built into it so if the lens isn’t
sitting just right give it some time that weight and the lens will eventually
orient that lens in the correct place and your vision should gradually improve
and that’s basically it once you have the contact lens in and that eye then
you can go ahead and switch and do the other eye now a lot of people will go
ahead and switch arms using their dominant hand to hold the top eyelid and
using their non-dominant hand to put that lens in I still personally am so
right-handed then I just go ahead and switch that on over to the other side
but I still use my dominant hand to hold the lens and there we go
that one’s in and it’s really just that simple of course it does take some
practice at first you may have more difficulty getting the lenses in but
over time with practice it becomes much much easier and certainly don’t feel
discouraged if it takes you a few tries especially that first time putting in
contact lenses can be difficult for many people myself when I was just 13 years
old first time we’re in contacts took me almost two hours before I got it figured
out so did you find this video helpful were you able to get the lenses in go
ahead and comment the section below let me know about your success and if you
have any other tips of your own on how to get the lenses in go ahead and
comment let me know what you’re doing another you’ve learned how to put in
contacts let’s go over how to take them out if you’d like to see that video just
click or tap the screen over here to the side as I built that as part of a
complete series for contacts for beginners otherwise if you’d like to see
another video from dr. I hope you can click that the screen up over
here again thanks for watching and we’ll see you in the next video


  1. 🟢 Eye QOTD: Have you had any success with contacts? Any ideas or tips of your own for getting lenses in?

  2. My problem with getting them in is that I can get the contact to touch my eye, but it doesn’t stick most of the time. Instead it is staying on my finger. It takes me too long to get them in and it’s really getting irritating. Taking them out is easy though.

  3. Doctor Eye Health  can you please help me? my lenses are not like ones online. there tiny very sticky thin pieces of almost nothing that curve at the slightest bit of pressure when pushed into my eyelash as I can barely make a single movement without them curving. They dont absorb to my eye instantly like others. I have been back 4 times to try inserting them even clamped a hand on my head held my eyelid open with my thumb then tried to wait for it to absorb holding it above my eye with finger as my middle finger holds my lid. the person who shows me what to do has such an intensely disapproving commentary of me and I have waited years to get them… Its just so ughhh. There acuvue oasys for astigmatism monthly use. Its a free trial on first pair so there not offering much help and seem quite bothered by my questions. been watching your videos all week. I have dry eyes astigmatism and good tear moisture.

  4. So, when I first went in for contacts I really didn’t know what to expect. It turned out that I had to spend at least a week practicing touching my eye. I was stressed about it, because I just couldn’t do it and the optometrist wasn’t very encouraging. The second time I went in I felt ready. However, that changed when I was given the contact. I just couldn’t do it! I was nervous that I would upset the optometrist, however, this time I got someone who was very, VERY encouraging! It took about an hour and a half of messing up before I got both in. Let me just tell you, after the first time, you won’t feel perfect about it, but boy you’ll be so encouraged! I’m going on my second week of wearing them and now I only take ten minutes to get them both in. I’m not sure if that’s still a long time, but that’s incredible for my sensitive eyes. All that to say, it may really seem impossible, but you definitely can do it. It is very worth it! And if it turns out to not be right for you, then you don’t have to get them.

  5. Thanks putting the mirror down helped a ton, even tho I put them the correct way (soft lenses) I keep feeling them while blinking. The doctor said best size for me is between 8.5 and 8.9 so she gave me 8.6 should I try different size?

  6. Hi, I'm currently on my trial contact lenses right now, never wear them before so first time for me. I understand that lenses can get you close to 20/20 vision but not as exact as a pair of glasses can be. Having no issue with putting the lenses in, my vision is a little blurry still, especially when I look at something up close. Is it because of the wrong prescription?

  7. Thanks for saying that it took you hours when you were 13. I’m 13 and it takes me hours just to get one in and I thought I was the only one so thank you for comforting me and making it so I don’t feel so bad.

  8. I've tried this. It still won't go in. It ether just sticks to my finger or my eye lid won't stay opened and I've been trying to get them in all day. Any advice

  9. Ey man i gotta question, so im thinking of asking my mom for contacts but im scared if i like sleep with them on then my vision will get like 1000000% worse so what do i do?

  10. as someone who always accidentally pokes themselves in the eye with eyeliner, this really shouldnt be that hard

  11. Have you personally ever been injured your eyes??over these years.
    I'm gonna freaked out .when I'm gonna use these contacts for the first time

  12. My eye sight is bad and I am trying contacts and my lenses are very think and it takes 3-4 weeks for them to be made but this video has definitely helped me

  13. I put one in for the first time today, but my eye feel dry and alittle irritatied, there not sore or red, just dry ?? Is that normal for first time users??

  14. It took me like 15 tries but honestly, this tip helped! Holding my eyelashes with the top lid made a world of difference

  15. Great video! They need to make colored eye contacts based on your natural eye color! People will pay good money for that.. Soloticas, Desio.. are you listening? LoL

  16. I have glasses since yesterday because I've just discovered I'm nearsighted… Honestly I prefer my glasses. Lens discourage me a little bit. 😅

  17. I wanted to put In colored contacts an I struggled for 2 days because I couldn’t !! For my life!! Get the contact off my finger… when I FINALLY put the contact in and it was on my eye, it was a little blurry, I kept blinking thinking maybe it’s adjusting but the blurriness wouldn’t clear so I took it out but I’m sad Bc I don’t want to waste my contacts…

  18. I’ve watched your videos so many times before putting in & taking out my contacts & today I did them without the video help! Thank you for making these videos for us contact newbies! It was extremely helpful! 😊

  19. I tried contacts for the first time, and my left eye settled easily with the contact, but for some reason my right eye kept rejecting the lense. It would feel very uncomfortable and watery, so I had to take it out. Any idea why that might be? Or what I can do to fix it?

  20. Today was my 1st day wearing my contacts, and OMG taking them out SUCKED!! My eyes were soo dry and I couldn't get them out, and after trying and failing multiple times my eyes were soo bloodshot red. And yes that tiny weight sucks because it takes many blinks and eyeball rolling to set.

  21. I’m sitting here messing with costume contacts trying to get them in for 20 minutes, I watch your video and get them in on the first try. Thank you so much.


  23. Im here to learn how to put contacts for beginners but cant focus because You're really handsome and your eyes 😍 lol

  24. I got small eyes 🙄 yeah, it's an Asian thing lol
    Anyway, I had contact lenses before, and I almost had a panic attack when I can't take it out. I'm ready for round two, hope I can get better results. Really wanna wear my Oakley without those THICC prescriptions 😂

  25. THANK YOU!! Day 3- 1st try after watching this, popped right in! Had been trying 20 minutes and couldn't get it before this!

  26. I’ve been trying for about three hours for my left eye alone. I got the lens in my right eye after about 20 minutes. My left eye no luck.

  27. Came here for the information but I got mesmerized by your eyes and their striking color (like everyone else here lol). Makes me feel weird gawking at them and admitting to it haha 😅 Well off to try this out after scaring myself last time🤞

  28. My eyelids and lashes just prevent it I tried this technique does not work at all! Also there lenses flip if I do it to hard it's impossible!!!

  29. I DID IT! I cannot thank you enough, it took me forever, but I did it! After watching your video I was able to do it. Thank you so much, I was scared that I wouldn't be able to do it.

  30. okay I've been wearing lenses for 6 years now and I didn't know people actually straight up out it on their iris. My method to make it easy and simple (please do try this ) take your lense on your finger then look to the side so your iris at the corner of your eye (doesn't have to be at the very end or anything) now put the lense in white portion of your eye. and when you look straight ahead it'll just fit into place . You can close your eyelid after just to make sure it's "secure". This honestly is the easiest way.

  31. Thanks a lot!!!! I just got my first pair today. Although they showed me how to do it, I found your tutorial much easier to follow.

  32. I finally did it!!
    I was scared!!
    It was quite difficult for me but after watching this video I did it in my first try
    Thank u so much 😁

  33. How I put my contacts in is I put my cornea up to the top of my eyeball and I put the contact lens on the white part of my eye and then it moves up to my cornea by itself it is way easier

  34. How the hell are you going to inspect the lense if you are about to put the lense in your eye? Without lenses in your eyes, you can't see !!

  35. those eyes in the beginning I NEED THOSE, and any specific tips on cleaning and getting most wear out of Full Sclera Contacts, the full eye black ones are the ones i have in mind. 22mm

  36. I have an astigmatism and when I try to put them properly at 12-6 but my eyes get red sometimes and it hurts to blink. Even when they are proper way of holding it. Not concave version i meant

  37. I hope you see this, what do I do if my contact lens starts folding after putting it in my eye? It's the right side out and I don't know what to do. 🙁

  38. I have lenses for astigmatism and it’s blurry even if it’s been an hour. I can see things perfectly up close like my phone if I type, reading, but if I look afar it’s very blurry I can’t even drive with them because of that. Do I need to be seen or am I just not used to them yet? (I’ve only used them 2 times so far!)

  39. I've been trying so hard but I can't put in the contact lenses for the life of me…My eyes are very very sensitive and turn red after just 1 minute of trying.

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