Putting in or taking out contact lenses takes a little practice, but once you’ve mastered the basics and your confidence grows, you’ll be a pro before long.
So we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you safely insert and remove your contact lenses.
There are a few things you’ll need to hand when both putting in and taking out contact lenses;

  • Antibacterial soap
  • A lint free towel
  • A well-lit mirror
  • Lenses and lens case (if using fortnightly/monthly lenses)
  • Lens Solution

Putting lenses in


Step one – wash your hands with the antibacterial soap. This stops any bacteria transferring to your eye and helps prevents eye infection
Step two – dry your hands thoroughly with a clean, lint free towel
Step three – it’s important to never allow water to come into contact with your contact lenses. Although safe to drink, water contains bacteria that can cause eye infections
Step four – Form a routine. By starting with the same lens each time you’re less likely to switch lenses. This is especially important if you have a different prescription in each eye
Step five – now it’s time to put your first lens in. If you use daily disposables open a fresh pack and if you use monthly/fortnightly contact lenses you’ll need to take your first lens from its case, place it into the palm of your hand and gently massage a few drops of fresh contact lens solution to clean it before you put it in.
Step six – place your contact lens on the tip of your index finger. Make sure it isn’t inside out, it should be bowl shaped with a lip. If it is inside out, gently turn it the right way round.
Step seven – Raise your chin slightly so you’re looking down into the mirror. Using the index finger on your other hand, gently lift your eyelid from the lash line. And using your middle finger (on the hand with your lens) lower your bottom lash
Step eight – Try to keep both eyes open and look straight at the mirror. Slowly bring your index finger towards the coloured part of the eye and place the lens on the eye
Step nine – When you feel the lens on your eye, remove your finger but keep your eyelid open with your fingers. Look left and right to expel any air bubbles. Look down and let go of your lower eyelid. Look straight ahead and slowly let go of your upper eyelid
Step ten – Repeat on the other eye!

Taking out contact lenses

 

 
Step one – wash your hands with the antibacterial soap. This stops any bacteria transferring to your eye and helps prevents eye infection
Step two – dry your hands thoroughly with a clean, lint free towel
Step three – form a routine. Take out the same lens first each time. This’ll help you keep track of your left and right lens.
Step four – look into the mirror and check the lens is still resting over the coloured part of your eye
Step five – Using the index finger, gently lift your eyelid from the lash line. And using your middle finger on your other hand, lower your bottom lash
Step six – lower your chin so you’re looking up slightly – creating more space to remove your lens. Look straight ahead and slowly bring your index finger (from the hand holding your bottom lash line) towards your eye. Press gently but firmly on the contact lens and slide the lens downward onto the white part of the eye – where it’s safer to remove
Step seven – Use your thumb and index finger to gently pinch the contact lens to remove from the eye
Step eight – If you use daily disposable lenses, you can put your lens into the bin. If you’re using monthly/ fortnightly lenses, make sure you clean the lens with some solution and place into your lens case – which should have fresh solution in between each use
Step nine – repeat on the other eye!