How To Put Hard Contact Lenses In | Doctor Eye Health

in this video I’m gonna be showing you
how to put hard contact lenses in easily these are the hard rigid gas permeable
or RGP contact lenses and putting them in can be a little bit different than
just the soft contact lenses so let’s take a look hello and welcome I’m dr. Joseph Allen
here from the doctor eye health show helping you learn all about the eyes
vision and finding the best vision products so if you’re new to the channel
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don’t miss any my future videos also this video is part of a complete series
about specialty contact lenses and hard contact lenses so if you’re trying to
learn more about those lenses then check out the entire link in the description
below to see the full playlist now it’s important that if you’re just starting
off with contact lenses that you actually go through a full fitting
course with your local eye care professional because then they can
actually give you hands-on training and be able to troubleshoot anything that
you may be having difficulty with and on the off chance that you actually hurt
yourself then you’re actually right there in the eye clinic so they can help
you out now whenever working with contact lenses you need to first wash
your hands and dry them completely that is the first step that way you’re
getting rid of any nasty bacteria that could actually get on the contact lens
and that could get dry and yeah you don’t want an infection now if you’re
like most people you usually put your contact lenses in the bathroom over a
sink in front of a mirror and if you are doing that it’s important that you
actually consider putting a towel in the sink over the actual drain because a lot
of times people will drop the contact lenses and if it rolls down the drain
you’ve just lost your contact lens and that’s kind of stinks so hopefully by
putting a towel in the sink over the drain that’ll catch the lens and prevent
you from losing it now when putting in context is important to develop a
routine so that you always start with the same lens and that way you can be
sure that you’re not mixing up the lenses if you’re wearing one lens in
each eye and they’re different powers and you mix them up that can be kind of
frustrating and we’ve even had people come into the clinic saying something’s
wrong with their prescription and it was really just that they switch the lenses
to the wrong side so yes developing a good routine so that you don’t mix up
your lenses is really important now what you want to do is take the lens out of
the case you put it onto your index finger with the ball pointing upward
then you actually want to inspect the lens and check to make sure that there’s
no chips no scratches and that nothing has damaged
and maybe stuck on to the surface of the lens now to actually put the contact
lens into your eye you want to use one hand with the finger on the top eyelid
holding firmly on the top eyelid so that you don’t blink and prevent the lens
from getting in the eye then you use the middle finger of your the hand that’s
got the lens on and then you just put the lens directly on to the cornea now a
lot of people find it easier when you’re putting in the contact lens to actually
look at something in the distance or look at yourself in the mirror
instead of actually just looking directly at the contact lens while it’s
getting up really close that actually might make it more difficult another
thing I might add is that some people find it easier to look down because when
the contact lens is on your finger and you’re trying to put it in it can be a
little slippery and sometimes it’ll slip down off of your finger so hopefully by
looking down gravity will help you out now I’m gonna show you this one more
time and I know some people if you’re just getting used to wearing hard GP
contact lenses using some sort of a rewetting solution or the actual
cleaning solution this is Boston simplice this is the brand that I’m
usually using this lens you can actually use some of the solution to re-wet the
lens and that’ll make it just a little bit more comfortable when putting on the
eye at least initially so again I hold the top eyelid hold that up hold the
bottom eyelid hold that one down and then just put the lens directly centered
over the people and there we go now the downside with hard lenses if you’re
initially just starting to wear them you do have to build up a tolerance they’re
not initially as comfortable as soft lenses are so you first start wearing
them usually for just a couple hours a day and then as you build up your
tolerance you extend that to three four six all the way up to eight or even up
to as far as 16 hours a day depending on what your doctor recommends
now of course occasionally the lens may actually dissenter and find its way off
to the side of the eye or maybe underneath the lid and there’s a few
ways that I’m gonna show you how to troubleshoot that and get it back to the
center of the eye okay so right now the lens is actually
way off here to the side of my eye and you can kind of see it there basically
what you want to do is that if you’re feeling it over here to the side you
want to first locate where it’s at either in a mirror or I have a friend
kind of help you but usually you can feel it what you do is you actually look
the opposite direction have it look the opposite direction of where the
is that you use your fingers and you can kind of stop it
use your lid use your fingers to push on the lid and then you hold it in position
and then you kind of push it back toward the center and then look toward it and
there we go it’s back in the position now of course when I’m showing it it
looks a lot easier than it probably is but I think the hardest part is if the
lens ever gets stuck underneath the top eyelid be sure that it can’t go behind
the eye you actually have tissue around the eye
that prevents it from actually getting behind the eye but if it actually gets
stuck underneath the eyelid it can be a little bit irritating but you basically
do the same thing you actually will look down try to find it stuck underneath
your eyelid with your finger and you basically kind of encourage it downward
and then as you get it closer downward it either gets into place or you can
look up and then your cornea and the lens will basically kind of adhere
together and then it’ll be back into place of course if you have difficulties
where it’s actually stuck in the eye and you can’t get it out or something like
that make sure you call your local eye care professional because they can help
you out so Wilde’s question of the day why are you wearing hard specialty
contact lenses is it because you have some sort of a disease like keratoconus
or a high amount of astigmatism or are you somebody who just really demands
very sharp vision and you can only get that with specialty contacts go ahead
and comment in the section below so hey thank you so much for watching if
you got value out of this video hit that like button for me if you’d like to
learn more about specialty contact lenses including how to take them out in
a couple cool ways to do that I’ve included that video in a complete series
about specialty hard contact lenses if you want to check that out you can click
or tap this link over here to this side or if you’d like to see another full
video from doctor eye health you can click or tap the link and down over here again
this is dr. Joe Allen here from doctor eye health helping you learn about the eyes
vision and finding the best vision products keep an eye on it we’ll talk to
you soon


  1. 👉 Eye Health QOTD: Why do you wear hard contacts? For keratoconus? High astigmatism? Or demand super sharp vision?

  2. Yes i have an irregular shaped cornea and rgp lenses gives me the best and sharpest vision.And yes lost many lenses down the drain. But after about 30yrs wearing this modality,don't need a mirror anymore when inserting or removing rgp lenses. 3yrs ago updated to custom multifocal rgp's due to Presbyopia. Once you get that hyper sharp clarity that rgp's provide, soft lenses are no match. Once adapted they are also very comfortable lenses, even for dry eyes. Updated to rgp lenses about 30yrs ago due to dry eyes. I'm a huge fan of the BOSTON XO2 material. My last three pairs incl my current multifocals are in this material. I have dry sensitive eyes and can wear these around the clock with zero adverse effects.

  3. Hi doctor
    It would be more helpful if you educate the viewers about eye issues and not keep uploading videos about contact lenses
    Like you could devote a video to explain retinal dystrophies.
    E.g stargardts , nystagmus etc

    Also a video on low vision would b really helpful

  4. I'm angry my eye Dr wants me to come back and do the eye exam over. And because I scratched my eye trying to get a eye lash out

  5. I have one green lens and one blue lens don’t know why doctor/maker did it as they are also different brands but grown to love it that way as I can take both out same time while cleaning

  6. I wear RGPs because I have a high amount of astigmatism, but they can get really uncomfortable since I have such dry eyes can you recommend me any drops specifically for RGPs since something like the Blink drops don’t really help my dry eyes?

  7. I went to the opticians today for a dark spot in the left side of my vision which has been there for 3 days and I was getting worried. He said it is ocular migraines because nothing looked wrong in my eye. I'm really scared because I Googled it and you get them for a maximum of one hour so I don't know what is wrong with my eye! He also did an amsler grid and when I looked at it with my left eye, some of the lines were wavy and started to go away and disappear. I could see the black spot on my vision at the centre and also the bottom lines were wavy and gone so it looked like a blank piece of paper for a portion of it. Should I go for a second opinion?

  8. I don't know how well has the technology of RGP improved, but "trying" to wear those back on 2011 for a few months, has been the worst experience in my life. Very dry eyes, lenses falling off of my eye if I do a drastic move (pointing vision in another direction), headaches. That's why I'm still kind of hesitant about buying Scleral Lenses, but I haven't seen much info about them on youtube, apartently most people who wear them have Keratoconus. I have high myopia (-13) and astigmatism (-3) btw.

  9. I started wearing hard contacts when I was 13 years old. 52 years ago. It was horrible! But I did get used to them, as soon as soft lenses were invented I started wearing them. I would just as soon put a piece of glass in my eye than wear them again.

  10. is it just me? or is there anyone else watching Dr. Allen videos because not only he is giving good infos but also He is Cute, Hot and smart at the same time 😀 😀

  11. Okay, putting it in looked kind of easy. But how in the hell do you remove it? You can't pinch it. Do you shake your head until it falls out? 😂

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