Contact lenses offer a more flexible and versatile alternative to glasses, particularly for those with active lifestyles.
Many people don’t give contact lenses a try because of misconceptions surrounding their usage. But by following the correct care instructions, sticking to recommended wearing times and practicing good hand hygiene you’ll eliminate the possibility of any issues.
The first few days while wearing contacts can be tricky, but as with all things, it’ll quickly become second nature with practice. We’ve created a short and easy to follow guide on how to properly insert and remove your contact lenses and keep your eyes healthy in the process.
Putting your contact lenses in:
- Wash your hands with antibacterial liquid hand wash or soap.
- Use a clean, lint-free towel or tissue to dry your hands. Avoid fragranced paper towels/tissues as they can cause irritation.
- Remove the contact lens from its blister pack and place it at the tip of your index finger. Make sure it’s the right way up before you insert it.
- Stand in front of a mirror so it’s easier to see what you’re doing. Using your free hand, lift up your upper eyelid, then use the ring finger of the hand holding your lens to lower your lower eyelid. Tilt your head back and place the lens onto your eye.
- Slowly open and close your eye to allow the lens to settle into place.
Taking your contact lenses out:
- As with inserting your lenses, make sure you have cleaned your hands with either soap or antibacterial hand wash before removing your lenses.
- Again, raise your upper eyelid with one hand and, using your other hand, drag your lower eyelid down with your ring finger.
- Carefully pinch the contact lens out of your eye using your thumb and index finger.
- Look upwards as you do this and try to slide the lens downwards and out to make the movement smoother.
- If the lens is a daily disposable, discard of it straight away. Alternatively, if it’s a lens with a longer wearing time such as two weekly or monthly, place it in a clean contact lens case with fresh solution.
- We recommend multi-purpose solution for storing your lenses as they contain both cleaning and storing agents.
- Don’t feel frustrated if you’re unable to insert and remove your lenses with ease initially. It will get easier with time.
- Lenses may feel slightly uncomfortable the first few times you wear them. Allow your eyes some adjustment time when you first start wearing them.
- It’s easier to insert and remove contact lenses with shorter nails.
- You may find that the first brand of lenses you try doesn’t suit you. Try a variety until you find one that’s right.
Can contact lenses tear or break?
In very rare instances, contact lenses can break or tear, though this is mostly due to rough handling of the lens or rubbing the eye too hard. If a contact lens breaks in your eye, take it out immediately as it will cause discomfort and reduce clarity of vision.
How do you know my contact lens is inside out?
A contact lens that’s the right way up should sit in a smooth rounded curve, almost like a bowl. If the lens is the wrong way round, it’ll look more like a dome with slight flaring at the edges. A contact lens usually sits in its natural shape and will easily pop back if it isn’t. The edges should be smooth and it should fit comfortably on your eye if it is the right way round.
What should I do if I’ve dropped my contact lens?
Pick up your contact lens, place it in the palm of your hands and pour over some disinfectant. Rub gently for about 30 seconds before doing the same again with rinsing solution. Alternatively, you can do the same with multi-purpose solution. Gently place the lens back into your eye.
Can I store my contact lenses in water?
Water is not suitable for storing or disinfecting contact lenses and will likely to lead to infections. We highly recommend our best-selling comfi All-in-One Solution, which can be used for cleaning, rinsing, disinfecting and storing your lenses, eliminating the need for multiple products.
Does sleeping in contact lenses damage your eyes?
There are some extended wear lenses that can be worn overnight, but unless there are specific instructions for you to do so, most lenses should only be worn for a maximum of 12 hours.
If you happen to fall asleep in contact lenses, do not immediately try to pluck them out. Blink continuously to create moisture in the eye, drink some water and add a few soothing eye drops before attempting to remove them.