Optical

How to fit and remove contact lenses

There are many different types of contact lenses from disposable to extended wear. Your optometrist can help you find the best lenses to suit your eyes and lifestyle. Using and taking care of your contacts may take a little getting used to, but it will quickly become second nature.

How to put contact lenses in

  1. Start by washing and drying your hands. Use a mild soap and water and a lint free towel. It’s best to avoid using hand sanitiser as it may cause irritation in the eyes.
  2. Stand in front of a mirror and place the contact lens on the tip of your index finger
  3. To avoid getting the right and left lenses mixed up insert one lens at a time and try to get into the habit of inserting your right lens first.
  4. Make sure the contact lens is not inside out (it should be curved up to form a bowl shape).
  5. With your free hand pull your top eye lid up to stop you blinking.
  6. Pull your bottom eyelid down, look up and place the lens on the white part at the bottom of the eye. Then look down into the lens to centre it. Once the lens is on slowly look down and close your eyes for a moment.
  7. Open your eyes. The lens should be in position – if its not close your eye again and try gently massaging it into place through the closed eye lid.
  8. Repeat with the other eye.

How to remove contact lenses

  1. Wash and dry your hands.
  2. Remove your right lens first.
  3. Looking into the mirror pull your lower eyelid down with your middle finger.
  4. Tilt your head forward.
  5. Using your index finger slide the contact lens down onto the white part of the eye while looking up at the same time.
  6. Gently pinch it off the eye with the thumb and index finger.
  7. Repeat with the other eye.
  8. Clean and store it if it’s re-usable or throw it away if it’s a disposable lens.

Cleaning your contact lenses

If you wear re-usable contact lenses, you’ll need to make sure you clean and disinfect them properly to avoid eye infections.

  • Always wash your hands before handling your contact lenses
  • When you remove each contact lens wash it with a few drops of solution
  • Place each lens in a clean case that is filled with solution
  • Clean your lens case daily and allow it to air dry
  • Replace your lens case monthly
  • Never re-use solution
  • Always have a spare, ready to use pair of contact lenses or glasses in case of emergency
  • Follow the advice of your optometrist 
We are here to help, ask your optometrist if you have any questions about contact lenses or book a contact lens fit or refresh appointment today.