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How to put in contact lenses
Medically reviewed by Sharon Copeland on 19 January 2021
As the UK’s most popular online contact lens retailer, we offer a wide variety of options for individuals who opt for a more comfortable alternative to glasses. And of course, we wouldn’t sell you our lenses without giving you guidance on how to properly insert, remove and take care of them.
Applying your contacts the wrong way can often result in redness, irritation, discomfort and even pain for your eyes. To avoid this, we’ve created a handy step-by-step guide with everything you need to know about how to apply and remove your lenses safely.
Putting your contact lenses in:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap or liquid hand wash.
- Use a lint-free towel or hard tissue paper to dry your hands. It’s important to dry your hands because you should avoid any water coming into contact with your lenses. Avoid soft toilet paper or anything that breaks apart easily, the particles could transfer onto your fingers and may cause irritation.
- Remove the contact lens from the packaging or case and place it on the tip of your finger. Put the lens on the tip of your finger and hold it up to the light. If the edges flare out, it's inside out. Some lenses have a 1, 2, 3; indicator — if the digits are backwards then the lens is inside out. The lens should look like a bowl with straight edges. Also check that it is not damaged before inserting.
- Position yourself in front of a mirror. Using your dominant hand (the hand you use to write with), place the lens onto the fingertip of your index finger. Using your non-dominant hand, hold your upper eyelid up. Pull down the lower eyelid with the middle or ring finger of your dominant hand. Place the lens on the lower white part of your eye. Look down and then close your eyes. This will centre the lens on your eye If you feel air bubbles, sometimes you can see them, close your eye and move it from side to side. You can also close the eyelid and gently massage over the lens.
How to remove contact lenses:
- Again, make sure to wash and dry your hands well. It’s much easier to take out your contact lenses if your fingers are dry.
- As before, lower your lower eyelid with one finger and raise your upper eyelid with another finger and look down. Use your non-dominant hand to hold open your upper eyelid. Look up and use the middle finger of your dominant hand to pull down your lower eyelid. Use your index finger to slide the lens to the lower part of your eye. Pinch the lens between your thumb and index finger. Gently remove the lens from your eye.
- Carefully pinch the contact lens using your thumb and index finger.
- Look up whilst sliding the lens down to pull the lens off of your eye.
- Dispose of the lens if it’s a daily disposable. If using a two weekly or monthly lens, clean the lenses and carefully place them inside a contact lens case filled with fresh solution. Never re-use old solution for storage.
- Don’t feel frustrated if you’re unsuccessful the first few times you try to wear your lenses. Some people struggle initially, but it quickly becomes second nature.
- Air bubbles under the surface of the lens can cause a little discomfort. Close your eye and roll the lens gently to rid it of any air bubbles. Make sure you do not rub your eyes too hard as this can cause the contact lens to move around or even fall out of the eye. Eye drops can be used to add comfort while inserting the lenses.
- Give your eyes a few minutes to adjust to the lenses. If you’ve never worn lenses before, you may feel some initial discomfort and experience some light watering of the eye.
- Keeping your nails short and clean will make inserting and removing your lenses much easier.
- Perfume-free, anti-bacterial liquid wash is highly recommended. Remember to avoid anything that may cause irritation and wash all remnants of soap off of your hands, paying close attention to your fingers.
What if my lenses are torn or damaged?
If the sterile blister package is opened or damaged, do not use the lenses. Don’t ever wear torn or damaged lenses. They cause more harm than good and are not recommended for maintaining good long term eye health. If your lens has torn or split in the eye, read our guide on how to get a broken lens out of your eye.
How can I tell if my contact lenses are inside out?
Most lenses will sit in their natural shape but sometimes they may be inside out. If you notice excessive lens movement when you blink or if your vision is blurred, the lens may be folded. See our guide to figure out if your contact lens is inside out
How do I handle a dropped contact lens?
Should this happen, simply pick up the lens and hold it between your fingers. Pour a small amount of disinfecting solution over the lens whilst gently rubbing it in soft, circular motions. Do this for 30 seconds, then inspect the lens for any damage. If the lens is undamaged, place the lens back into your eye.
Is it safe to clean and store my contact lenses in water?
Never use water instead of contact lens solution, and don’t use saliva either as you may transfer bacteria from your mouth. We highly recommend our bestselling comfi All-in-One solution. This great value, multi-purpose solution can be used for cleaning, disinfecting, rinsing and storing your solutions, eliminating the need for multiple products.
What do I do if I’ve slept in my lenses?
If you’ve fallen asleep in your lenses, do not immediately try to take them out. Drink some water to re-hydrate yourself and insert a few drops of calming eye drops into your eye before removing them. You should never wear your lenses beyond the amount of time recommended by your optician.