Contact lenses make the world of a difference if you require vision correction but aren’t keen on wearing glasses all the time. For a first-time contact lens wearer, however, putting contacts in for the first time can be tricky. We’re here to show you how to put your contacts in and how to properly remove them.
Step 1: Wash your hands
Start with clean, freshly washed hands – you’re going to be touching your eye and surrounding eye area, so you don’t want to transfer any bacteria onto your eye.
Rinse and then dry your hands with a lint-free towel.
Step 2: Take your contact lens out of the package and gently rinse them with contact lens solution
Step 3: Ensure the contact lens isn’t inside out
Place the contact lens on your finger tip, hold it up and look to make sure the edges don’t flare out. If they flare out, this means it’s inside out; simply flip it the right way if it is. The lens should look like a rounded bowl with straight edges.
Step 4: Insert the contact lens into your eye
Gently hold down your lower lash line with a finger from the same hand on which the lens is sitting on. Using your other hand, gently hold up your upper eyelid.
Then, move the lens slowly towards your eye and place it directly on your eye. Blink gently after you’ve released your eyelids to allow the contact lens to settle on your pupil.
Removing your contacts
Before removing your contacts, be sure to wash your hands first.
Stand in front of the mirror and look up, while pulling your lower eyelid with the middle finger of your dominant hand.
Gently slide the contact lens down to the white of your eye with the index finger of the same hand. Then, gently pinch the lens with the pads of your index finger and thumb to remove it from your eye.
Once you have removed your contact lenses, store them in solution in a case (or throw them out if you are using daily contacts).
Tips from our optician
Our in-house optician, Dr. Justin Asgarpour, strongly suggests you visit your Eye Care Professional for a valid contact prescription and initial contact lens fitting.
Contact lenses are medical devices and have different shapes, sizes and materials. Without a proper fitting, lenses can harm your eyes. Your eye health is important to us, so we want to make sure you’re getting the products perfectly suited for you!
During his fittings with first time contact lens wearers, Dr. Asgarpour finds that his patients generally take about 40 minutes to put their contacts in for the first time – so, no need to worry if it’s taking you some time! After about 1-2 weeks of regular use, though, you’ll be able to master this.
Once you’ve mastered putting your contact lenses in, visit our guide for proper contact lens care.
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