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. 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, making sure it’s the right way up.
- Position yourself in front of a mirror, then using one hand, hold up your upper eyelid with one finger and lower your lower eyelid with another finger. Using your other hand, apply the lens directly onto your eye.
- To settle the lens and help it slide into a central position, look up and down and then slowly squeeze your eye shut.
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 tilt your head backwards.
- 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 or carefully place it inside a contact lens case filled with fresh solution.
- 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 extreme 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.
- 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 will make insertion and removal 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?
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 broken in the eye please see our guide.
How can I tell if my contact lenses are inside out?
Most lenses will sit in their natural shape, but if you that find they’re folded, gently pop them back into their original form.
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 before attempting to 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 hydrate yourself and insert a few drops of calming eye drops into your eye before removing them.