Life Hack: The Best Contact Lens Tip

When I first got my contact lenses (last month–I know, right?) I read tons of tips and tricks on the internet. My doctor helped me and Karen helped a ton. She was my on-call personal contact lens assistant.

Life Hack: The best contact lens tip

But there was one contact lens tip that I had to find out the hard way. Not because people were keeping it from me, but probably because they never thought to tell me. The one thing nobody thought to mention was that you should never try to put your contact in like this, with the lens on the pad of your finger, on your fingerprint:

The best contact lens tip


Why? Because you’ll constantly hit your eyelashes and cause the lens to fold back.

You’ll spend 20 minutes putting your contacts in every morning.

You’ll drive yourself batty and swear at the mirror every. dang. time.

What you should do, rather, is this:

How to put in contact lenses


Put the lens on the very tip of your finger, where there is less chance of anything bumping into your eyelashes.

Seriously. This tip saves me 18 minutes every morning and a whole lot of frustration.



  1. greyowlmama says

    I am sure this tip will help loads of people.
    I do not wear contacts as I feel they would annoy the heck out of me.
    But great tips!

  2. says

    Hi Becca.
    I’m a 40 something year old mom who is coming to grips with vision that isn’t what it used to be. My arms are just not long enough any more. I have glasses that I got 3 years ago and at my recent eye exam the dr suggested I try contacts. He put in a trial pair and it was like my youthful perfect vision swooshed back into my eyeballs. But I didn’t like the way they felt. I don’t want to feel anything in my eyes. AT ALL… is that even possible? Did you have to purchase ever kind you tried? Honestly I’m still up in the air about the decision of getting another pair of glasses or jumping to contacts. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

    Great Tip by the way.

    • says

      Hi Andrea!

      I went through 6 different types of contacts before I settled on one that I accepted. They were all samples. The doctor gave me one to try and after a few days I’d call and say it wasn’t working, so I’d go grab another sample.

      Some hurt my eyes, some felt uncomfortable, some clouded up after a day or so, and the last ones were noticeably better. I don’t feel these in my eyes and am only reminded of them being there 3-4 times a day. Most of the time they’re dry and I need to blink more.

      I didn’t purchase every kind I tried – they were all samples from the doctor (they have a ton). My doctor told me to not purchase anything until I was 100% happy with one of the ones she gave me. The ones I settled on are actually an older material, so she is thinking that I’m sensitive to the newer ones that breathe more.

      It’s funny because I tried to go with the ones that my friends recommended, but truthfully, nobody’s eyes are the same! Don’t settle – I’m glad I didn’t. These are totally worth it, and I’m so glad I ditched my glasses!

      If it helps, I went to Costco :)

  3. says

    I got my contacts this past year and it was hell trying to get them in. I was really frustrated and every time my husband offered to put them in for me I became more and more discouraged. Finally I got them in and I used a similar method. I always wondered why people didn’t tell me about them hitting my lashes. Thanks for sharing!

  4. kathy says

    I’m 57 and I’m going for a contact lens exam in 10 days. Never had them before.
    I hate my glasses. Wish me luck!

  5. Linda says

    I can’t tell from your pictures what your helpful hack is. Both show the contact on the tip of your finger. Please add more instructions. Thanks.

  6. says

    Just got my first contacts yesterday (!!finally!!) I’ve been having a hard time getting them in, gonna go try this tip now! Wish me luck!! Thanks for sharing:) xo

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