Contacts have an inside and an outside surface, which your eye care provider should demonstrate during an exam. But if in doubt, here’s how to tell if your contact lens is inside out:
- Wash and dry your hands, then place a lens on the tip of your finger
- Hold it up and look at the lens from the side
- If you’ve got it right, the edges will turn slightly inward, like a tennis ball cut in half
- If it’s inside out, the edges will look like they’re bending outward, like a soup bowl with a flared rim
- When correcting your lens, make sure to flip it gently to prevent tearing!
Wearing contacts inside out can affect your vision and cause discomfort and irritation.