This section offers a step-by-step guide to help you put in and take out your contact lenses. You’ll be surprised how easy it is!
You can also find out how often you should replace your lenses and all about contact lens care.
WEARING CONTACT LENSES
HOW TO PUT IN AND TAKE OUT YOUR LENSES
Putting in and taking out contact lenses is easier than you might think. It may take a little getting used to, but soon you’ll be doing it without a second thought.
Here's a couple of videos showing you how to apply and remove your contact lenses, along with explaining how to care for them.
How to put in contact lenses
1. Before you touch your eyes or contact lenses, always wash your hands with soap (preferably non-perfumed, anti-bacterial liquid soap). Thoroughly rinse and then dry your hands with a lint-free towel. It’s a good idea to always put in the lens for your right eye first. This way you won’t get your lenses mixed up.
2. Check the lens isn't inside out. To work out which way round it is, just 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. If it looks like a smooth edged cup, it’s ready to go.
3. Using your other hand, carefully hold your upper eyelid so you don’t blink.
4. Carefully pull down your lower eyelid with the other fingers of your applying hand.
5. Move the contact lens towards your eye calmly and steadily. It may help to look upwards as you place it on your eye.
6. Slowly release your eyelid and close your eye for a moment to allow the lens to settle.
7. Follow the same steps for your left eye.
How to remove contact lenses
1. Before you touch your eyes or contact lenses, always wash your hands with soap (preferably non-perfumed, anti-bacterial liquid soap). Thoroughly rinse and then dry your hands with a lint-free towel.
2. Start with your right eye to avoid mixing up your lenses.
3. Look up at the ceiling and carefully pull down your lower eyelid with your middle finger.
4. Slowly bring your index finger close to your eye until you touch the lower edge of the lens.
5. Slide the lens down to the lower white part of your eye.
6. Gently squeeze the lens between your thumb and index finger and remove it.
7. Remove your left lens in the same way.
8. Discard daily disposable lenses. Clean and disinfect reusable lenses. For a quick, effective method for cleaning reusable lenses, follow our easy routine here.
9. Never rinse your lenses or your contact lens case with tap water.
WHEN TO CHANGE YOUR CONTACT LENSES
How often you change your contact lenses for a fresh pair will depend on the type of lenses you wear. If you are unsure, your eye care practitioner can give you advice about which contact lenses will best suit your needs and how frequently you should replace them.
Daily disposable contact lenses
Daily disposable contact lenses are super convenient. Simply put in your lenses when you wake up and discard them at the end of the day. With daily disposable lenses there’s no need to clean or store your contact lenses. Just change them for a new pair each day.
Reusable contact lenses
These lenses can be worn for two weeks or a whole month before you replace them, depending on the lenses you have been fitted with. We will tell you how often you need to replace each pair. Just clean and store them at the end of each day and replace them with a new pair as advised.
The easiest way to stay on schedule with your reusable contact lens care is to follow these tips: Replace your reusable lenses on the same day of the week. A good routine is to discard your old contact lenses on a Sunday night and start with a new pair on Monday morning. Mark the date on the lens packet when you open a new box of contact lenses.
HOW TO CLEAN AND CARE FOR REUSABLE LENSES
It only takes a few minutes to clean your reusable contact lenses to help maintain healthy contact lens wear. Just follow this quick, easy and effective routine at the end of each day:
- Before you touch your eyes, contact lenses or lens case, always wash your hands with soap (preferably non-perfumed, anti-bacterial liquid soap). Then thoroughly rinse them and dry them with a lint-free towel.
- Fill each chamber of your contact lens case with fresh contact lens disinfecting solution.
- Begin with the same eye every time you put in or remove your contact lenses. This way you won’t mix them up.
- Always clean your lenses immediately after you remove them.
- Place the lens in the clean, dry palm of your hand.
- Apply a few drops of the prescribed contact lens disinfecting solution.
- With one finger gently rub the lens back and forth on your palm to clean the lens surfaces.
- Rinse your lens thoroughly with a few more drops of the prescribed solution.
- Put the lens into your clean contact lens case.
- Repeat this routine for your other lens.
- Close the case and leave your lenses to soak overnight.
Don’t forget to clean your contact lens case!
You probably know how important it is to keep your contact lenses clean, but it’s easy to overlook your contact lens case. Your lens case needs to be just as clean as your lenses.
Every time you put in your contact lenses, follow these simple steps to keeping your lens case as clean as possible:
- Empty your contact lens case of the old solution.
- Rinse it with fresh contact lens solution.
- Allow to air-dry, upside down on a clean tissue.
- Replace your contact lens case on a regular basis, usually every month.
Remember: Never use tap water to clean your contact lenses or lens case.
Refer to your contact lens solution instruction guide for further information about how long to soak your contact lenses or how often you should change the solution if you don’t wear them every day.
If you have any questions, just pick up the phone to us on 028 9070 5787 or call into the practice anytime. Happy lens wearing!