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Patient Communication

Contact Lens Checklist

Published on Jun 5, 2018
5 Minutes Read

Contact lens checklist prior to application

Contact lens pack
1. Check the pack expiration date and seal
Contact lens right side out with a dome curve versus wrong side out with an irregular curve around the rim
2. Check the orientation of the lens
Numerical orientation indicators on a contact lens shown right side out versus wrong side out
3. Use orientation indicators if available
A damaged contact lens
4. Check the lens for any damage
A dirty contact lens
5. Ensure the lens is free from dirt & debris
A contact lens
6. Make sure the lens is neither too wet, nor too dry

Application

Here are the four key steps for putting on contact lenses:

Top tip:

Encourage the patient to keep both eyes open and look straight ahead into mirror, although some patients prefer to look up at the last minute and place on the white of the eye.

Washing hands
  1. Wash hands (preferable with non-perfumed, liquid soap), rinse and dry with a lint-free towel
Contact lens right side out with a dome curve versus wrong side out with an irregular curve around the rim
  1. Check the lens orientation using 123 indicator or bowl test and position the lens on the index finger of the dominant hand
Careful manipulation of eyelids for putting on a contact lens
  1. Secure upper eyelid with one finger of the other hand and carefully pull down the lower eyelid with the middle finger of the lens hand
Placing the contact lens
  1. Move the contact lens toward the eye, place it and slowly release the eyelids

Removal

Here are the four key steps for removing contact lenses:

Careful manipulation of eyelids for taking off a contact lens
  1. Wash hands, rinse and dry with a lint-free towel. Pull down the lower eyelid using the dominant hand. New wearers often find it easier to secure the upper lid too
Sliding a contact lens down into the white of the eye
  1. Slide the lens down to the white part of the eye, keeping the finger on the lens throughout
Carefully squeezing the contact lens between thumb and index finger for removal
  1. Squeeze the lens gently between the thumb and index finger to remove
Cleaning a reusable contact lens
  1. Discard daily disposable contact lenses or clean and disinfect reusable contact lenses

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