theo e. obrig, inc.
contact lens specialists
Susan E. Mazure, FCLSA
Stephen G. Cogger, FCLSA
Obrig Contact Lenses


How To Put on Contact Lenses

You are now home from our offices; no doubt excited about your new contact lenses. You did great while you were here, now it's your turn. If you are staring at yourself in the mirror, trying to put that flimsy little piece of plastic on your eye, don't despair, you are not alone.

Remember, learning to put lenses on can be a frustrating experience for many. The good news is that It really is easy! (once you get the hang of it)

This may sound crazy right now, however after a week or so of wearing and handling your contacts you will see that putting them on is just as simple and usually quicker than putting on a pair of socks.

Detailed instructions on how to put on soft contact lenses

*When handling your contact lenses, remember to be gentle. There is never a reason to be rough or forceful with contact lenses. Gentle handling is your best defense against damage to both the lens and your eye.


  • Always work over a clean surface. You do not want the lens to get lost or contaminated if it accidentally drops.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly. Liquid soap is the most effective because it contains fewer oils. You want to avoid certain soaps with extra perfume or moisturizers (like aloe). Extra moisturizes can coat up on your lens over time. We recommend products such as Clear Ivory, Ocusoft and Optimum soaps.

Washing your hands will prevent infections

Remove only one lens from the case at a time

open contact lens case

  • Get in the habit of always starting with the same eye first. For example, if you are right handed, start with your right lens for your right eye.
  • Open only one side of the case and remove the lens. By keeping one side of the lens case open and the other closed it will prevent mixing up your lenses.