When trying contact lenses for the first time, it can seem to be daunting because you are essentially placing a lens directly onto your eye. But when you have taken a contact lens check at Lichfield Street Opticians and are starting a free contact lens trial, we can show you exactly how to go about handling your lenses in the safest and easiest way.
We have prepared these video guides and tips to help to illustrate safe techniques in handling your contact lenses. Don’t worry if they seem overbearing – good practice comes with time, and these actions will soon be second nature.
Inserting Your Contact Lenses
So to put your contact lenses in, here’s a few tips to remember:
- Make sure to thoroughly wash, rinse and dry your hands before beginning.
- You may need to rinse the lens before you insert it – only use your sterile lens solution for this. Do NOT use tap water as this could contaminate your lenses.
- To avoid mix ups, try to get into the habit of always inserting the right lens into your right eye first – your boxes of lenses will be clearly marked with an ‘R’ or ‘L’ to help you to tell them apart.
- Hold the lens on the tip of your forefinger. Make sure that it is not damaged or inside out (contact lenses have small letter or number markings near the edges that can help you to tell). If it is damaged, discard the lens and get a new one.
- Place your middle finger of the same hand near to your lower eyelashes and gently pull your lower lid down.
- Use the fore or middle finger of your other hand to life your upper lid.
- Gently place the lens on your eye – the shape of the lens should easily cup over the natural curve of your eye.
- Release your eyelids and blink a few times.
- Repeat for the other eye.
There are other methods of lens placement, and the left/right direction may be opposite if you are left handed. Please check with your optician/contact lens specialist if you are having any kind of trouble to see if there is an alternative method.
Centring the Lens
Once you blink after inserting the lens, the lens should centre itself over the eye. On rare occasions however the lens can slip down over the white of your eye. Moving it is easy – just close your eye and gently massage the lens into place through the closed eyelid.
Removing Your Contact Lenses
- Just as insertion, always start with the right lens. Wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly.
- Ensure the lens is on the middle of your eye before attempting to remove it.
- Hold your eyelids open and inspect the top and bottom of your eye in the mirror to find the edge of the lens.
- Look up, slide the lens down to the white of your eye using your forefinger.
- Gently pinch the lens between your thumb and forefinger to remove the lens.
Once your lenses are out, you can then either discard the lens (if it is a one-day disposable lens) or clean and store it if it is a frequent replacement lens. We’ll cover how to care for your lenses in between uses in the next post.