I sometimes wear soft contact lenses, and I always have to be in front of a mirror to put them in. Being in front of a mirror lets me see the lens on my finger and I can watch the lens as my finger approaches my eye. I can see where the lens is when I put it on my eye, and then I know how to move my eye around in case it's not perfectly centered. I can also blink a few times and then see if the lens is still in place.

I have never been able to put the lenses in without a mirror. Without a mirror I can't tell how the lens is seated on my eye. If I blink, sometimes the lens falls out.

How can I put in my contact lenses without a mirror?

  • Do you have a smart phone with a camera on it? Could that somehow be used?
    – holroy
    Aug 15, 2015 at 2:06
  • Mirrors are everywhere. Cars have two suck on the outside for anybody to use. Just go outside to the street (or fill the sink with water!)
    – Ed Heal
    Aug 16, 2015 at 10:40
  • It's easier to find a mirror-like object like sunglasses or a black cellphone screen.
    – Alexander
    Aug 16, 2015 at 13:21
  • Not a hack, but an alternative solution to the problem:buy yourself a small mirror with suction cups on the back - they're usually magnifying by 10x. Keep it with you and you can stick it on any vertical surface while you do the lenses. Not so easy if you're a guy I'm guessing though: amazon.co.uk/Small-Swissco-Mirror-Magnifying-Suction/dp/…
    – Bamboo
    Aug 17, 2015 at 13:33

2 Answers 2


Have you tried searching for solution on how to do this? Like how to put on contacts without mirror. The general consensus with small variations on which fingers to use are as follows:

  • Clean your hands before starting
  • Use the left hand, if right handed, to lift the upper part of the eye lid
  • Place contact on right middle finger. Do make sure that it is the correct way
  • Use either right index (or ring) finger (or both) to pull down on skin below eye
  • Look up with eyes only. Can be easier if you tilt chin a little down
  • Place contact on eye in a steady motion, and move slightly around till it sits in right position
  • Let go of skin around eye, start with right hand, and then left hand
  • Glance around, blink, make sure the contact is correctly seated
  • If not, take it out again and repeat from top
  • If it is good, repeat for the other eye

Do train a few times for this at home in front of mirror, so that you don't do this for the first time when away from the mirror. Also keep a towel or some cover underneath in the start in case you drop the contact.

Take care of hygiene whenever handling contacts, both when inserting or removing them.


Use a knife with a flat polished blade.

  • Welcome to Lifehacks SE. I'm not sure how feasible this answer is. Using a knife might be a little too small to see clearly. Is there any way to make it seem bigger and clearer?
    – michaelpri
    Sep 7, 2015 at 20:34
  • I successfully used an el-cheapo kitchen Tramontina chef knife today to put on my contact lenses. Not sure if something bigger is really needed, but if it is, a polished kitchen hatchet might be used I guess
    – dmityugov
    Sep 9, 2015 at 12:27
  • just add this comment to the answer above
    – vladiz
    Sep 12, 2015 at 9:19
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    Would you please add a detailed description of how you use a knife while placing the contact in your eye. While I can infer that you are using the knife as a mirror, your answer does not convey that intention. Sep 14, 2015 at 15:12

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