Putting in your contact lenses may seem difficult, but once you’ve had a bit of practice you’ll see how easy it really is.
Before putting contact lenses in, you need a few essential items: antibacterial soap, contact lenses, solution, mirror (in a well-lit area), and a clean, lint-free towel. If you haven’t used your contact lenses in a while, be sure to check the expiry date before you use them.
It’s more than important to ensure your hands are clean. You need to wash your hands and dry them thoroughly using your clean towel. Make sure no water comes into contact with your lens case or contact lenses, as this could cause an infection (which is also why you shouldn’t shower in contact lenses or wear them when swimming).
Make sure you use a mirror in an easy-to-use position, and in a well-lit room. Don’t rush! Remove only one lens at a time. If you have different prescriptions in each lens, make sure they’re clearly labeled with an L and R, so you know which-is-which.
When you take your lens out of the case/packaging, place it on your index finger and check it’s the right way around. If there’s a lip, you may need to gently turn it inside out. Also, check for any tears or debris.
Now it’s time to pop your contacts in. Tilt your chin up slightly and using your index finger lift your upper eyelid. Use your middle finger (on the hand with the contact lens) to pull down your lower lid. This should help with the urge to blink.
Whilst looking in the mirror, bring the lens towards the centre of the eye. You shouldn’t have to press it into place, it should find its position on its own. Once it’s in the right position, look left and right and gently blink a few times too. This should remove any air bubbles that might be trapped.
Repeat the process with the other lens. Once you've placed both contact lenses in your eyes, have a look around to be sure you can see well. When you're through, empty the contact solution into the sink, rinse the case with more solution, and shut the contact case.
Now that you’ve put your lenses in, read our guide on how to take your contact lenses out. If you’re still finding it a struggle, you can call your nearest store and book a free contact lens assessment. We provide hands-on training to ensure you are comfortable with handling your contact lenses.