Handling contacts lenses for the first time can be tricky, please bare with us and trust the process - it couldn’t be simpler! The first couple of times inserting lenses does appear to be difficult for some people, you are not on your own. After a little patience, you’ll be popping lenses in with ease.
How To Put In Your Contact Lenses
- Find a clean and well-lit area with a mirror.
- Wash and dry your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes or handling your contact lenses. We’d suggest using antibacterial soap and lint-free towels.
- Check your contact lens is the correct way around (very important!). Place the lens on your index finger and look at the edges. If the edges of the lens are curved outward with a lip at the top, it is the wrong way around. Simply flip the edges the other way.
- Use the hand with the contact lens already on to pull your lower eyelid down.
- Carefully pin back your upper lid using all four fingers of your free hand and make sure all eyelashes are out of the way.
- Watching the mirror, slowly and gently move your index finger towards the centre of your eye. Without blinking (this is the hard part), place the contact lens directly onto the centre of the eyeball or onto the white of the eye just below - whatever feels best for you.
- Before releasing your eyelids, slowly move your eyes around and look in different directions to centre the contact lens.
- Slowly release both eyelids and blink a few times to allow the lens to settle in place.
- Once your vision has focused and you feel comfortable, repeat the steps for your other eye. Et voila!
How To Take Out Your Contact Lenses
- Wash and dry your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes or handling your contact lenses.
- Gently pull your lower lid down with your middle finger, creating room for your index finger and thumb.
- Carefully pin back your upper lid and lashes with your free hand, making sure all eyelashes are out of the way.
- Use your index finger and thumb to gently slide the contact lens on to the white of the eye just below where your contact lens normally sits. Very gently, squeeze each side of the lens between your index finger and thumb to lift the lens away.
- Slowly release both lids and repeat for the other eye.
Contact Lenses Does and Don'ts
DO remove your lenses and consult your practitioner if any eye reaction occurs such as pain, redness, burning sensation, excessive watering, increasingly blurred vision, coloured halos around light sources and / or sensitivity.
DO attend your routine follow up appointments - These are essential to monitor the health of your eyes. They also ensure that your current contact lens prescription is accurate and up to date. Symptom-free wear does not necessarily mean that your lenses are not causing undesirable side effects.
DO comply with your practitioners guide to wearing schedules, frequency and instructions on contact lens solutions, over-wear can have serious consequences.
DO remove your lenses before going to sleep (unless otherwise advised by your practitioner).
DO replace lenses if they become torn, damaged, scratched or have any deposits which can't be removed with a cleaning solution.
DON'T wear your lenses when using eye medications or eye drops (unless advised to do so by your practitioner).
DON'T use saliva to wet your lenses - this is teeming with potential harmful bacteria.
DON'T use tap water to clean or rinse your contact lenses it contains dangerous bacteria that could lead to infection.
DON'T expose your lenses to hair- or cosmetic sprays or excessive heat.
DON'T forget to wash and rinse your hands before handling your lenses. Your personal hygiene is very important.
DON'T share your contact lenses with anyone else.