Putting in and taking out contact lenses

How to put in your contact lenses

If you’re having trouble putting in contact lenses, here is a helpful guide.

  • First, wash and dry your hands.

  • Open the foil (for daily disposables) or case lid (for reusable lenses), and scoop your lens out using your index finger.

  • Check the lens looks okay – it should be a bowl shape. If it has a lip it means it’s inside out.

  • Before you put it on, hold it up and check for any tears or bits of debris.

  • If it’s dirty then use some fresh solution to clean it, but if it’s damaged you’ll have to throw it away.

  • The easiest way to insert your lens is to place it on the tip of your index finger and with your free hand, pull the top eyelid up – this will help you to stop your blinking reaction.

  • Pull your bottom eyelid down and bring the lens towards the centre of your eye.

  • You won’t have to press it onto your eye – it will go into place on its own

  • Once the lens is on, move your eyes from side to side and then close them both. This gets rid of any air bubbles trapped under the lens and makes sure it’s in the right position.

  • Repeat on the other eye.

How to take out your contact lenses

Well done for putting them in!  But now you have to try taking them out again…

  • Before you do anything, make sure you wash and dry your hands.

  • Look straight into the mirror, tilt your head down slightly and pull your lower eyelid down.

  • Using your finger move the lens down onto the white of your eye and then gently pinch it out.

  • Repeat on the other eye.

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