Soft contact lenses can be turned inside out. It then becomes difficult to know which is the right way around. This is especially a problem when I have put contact lenses in, then accidentally knocked one of them out due to forgetting I had them in and rubbing my eyes, for instance. At this point the contact lens may have twisted due to the fact that I rubbed my eyes. How can I tell which way is the right way around before I put the lens back in?

  • Hi, the questions aren't really the best place to provide health advice, so I have edited it out and left just the question.
    – Lucky
    Commented Sep 14, 2016 at 1:21
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    I thought this might come up. I respect your call. I imagine, too, that allowing healthcare advice in this field could lead to sketchy advice being proffered in other fields, i.e. medication. @Lucky Commented Sep 14, 2016 at 14:15

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There are a few ways to check that, allaboutvision.com has some great information on various ways to check the orientation of a contact lens:

Method 1: The Side View

If your contact forms a perfect cup-shape with the edge perfectly upright, the lens is correctly oriented and is ready to be placed on your eye. If the edge has a noticeable outward bend (like a rimmed soup bowl), the contact is inside out.

Method 2: The "Taco Test"

Place the contact lens between the tips of your thumb and forefinger, grasping it near the center so the entire edge is free. Gently squeeze the lens, as if you are about to fold it in half.

If the edge of the lens points upward (resembling a hard-shell taco), the lens is correctly oriented. If the edge bends outward (toward your thumb and finger), the lens is inside out.

Method 3: Check The Edge Tint

If the color of the handling tint on the lens edge looks very blue (or green, depending on the tint), the lens is correctly oriented. If the color looks pale or washed out, the lens probably is inside out.

Method 4: Look For Laser Markings

Some contact lenses have a laser marking to help you determine if your contact is inside out. For example, one brand has a "123" laser marking near the edge of the lens.

If the "123" appears normally, the lens is correctly oriented and ready to be placed on your eye. If the "123" is backward, the contact is inside out. If at first you don't see the laser marking, turn the lens on your fingertip to make sure you check its entire surface.

Source: http://www.allaboutvision.com/contacts/faq/inside-out.htm

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    I am downvoting this answer because it is basically a copy-paste of the allaboutvision.com website. The copied-pasted text should at least be put into brackets (in the moment it's a pure plagiarism of another website and the author's work for this website). BW
    – S.Victor
    Commented Sep 14, 2016 at 7:23
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    I've queued an edit to improve the post formatting to make it clear it is a quote.
    – John
    Commented Sep 14, 2016 at 10:39
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    @JJosaur. Thanks for understanding my point! BW
    – S.Victor
    Commented Sep 14, 2016 at 20:38

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