Aug 012012

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

Ruth demonstrates how to insert 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

A demonstration on how to remove 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.

As always, if you need further information about contact lenses please check our website or feel free to contact us.

Jul 212012

If daily disposable contact lenses are not the best choice for you … how about lenses for general everyday wear!  Reusable lenses last beyond one day’s use. Instead of disposing of them at the end of each day, you clean and store them in a contact lens case until you’re ready to wear them again and again, for up to two weeks or one month, depending on the lens design.

At Lichfield Street Opticians reusable lenses are available in fortnightly and monthly variants across many popular brands such as Acuvue, Cariti, Air Optix and more.

Benefits of Reusable Contacts

For frequent users they are more cost effective than dailies – especially when you wear your contacts every day. Starting from just £8 per month, they are great value, and when combined with our contact lens subscription plan they offer amazing value across the range of services from Lichfield Street Opticians.

Like their daily counterparts, reusable frequent-use lenses offer great UV protection, and are especially made to allow oxygen to pass through to your eyes, allowing keep eyes looking white and fresh. Hydrogel-crafted lenses will also keep your eyes moist, improving comfort to the degree that you can experience a ‘no lens feeling’!

Because these frequent replacement contact lenses are made of stronger materials, they are a versatile way of meeting more complex prescriptions and astigmatism – fortnightly and monthly lenses can offer a wider range of prescription powers than dailies. So, if your prescription places you out of the range for daily lenses but you still require vision correction and don’t fancy wearing glasses, monthly contact lenses may be the right choice for you!

The only real downside to reusable contact lenses when compared to dailies is that you would need to clean your lenses and store them in contact lens cases. At Lichfield Street Opticians we can not only advise you on the best contact lens solutions to use with your lenses, we can seamlessly include your solutions and cases with your contact lens orders. In fact, when ordered together, contact lens cases are included for FREE.

Reusable Contact Lens Options from Lichfield Street Opticians

We offer a wide range of fortnightly and monthly frequent use replacable lenses from world-class manufacturers such as Sauflon, Cibavision and Johnson & Johnson.


J&J Acuvue Oasys with Hydraclear Plus (Two Weekly) – If your day to day life involves spending long hours staring at a computer screen, or feeling the effects of dry heat or air-conditioning, it can be a challenge to keep your eyes comfortable. Acuvue Oasys are designed for maximum comfort when you are using your eyes for extended periods – including when watching television.


J&J Acuvue Advance with Hydraclear (Two Weekly) – Want to wear lenses, but concerned they’ll be uncomfortable or difficult to insert and remove? Acuvue Advance contact lenses are soft, flexible, easy to handle and provide exceptional long lasting comfort – perfect for younger people who like to wear their lenses frequently. Advance also uses slight visibility tints and inside-out marks to make your lenses easier to see and handle.Clariti™ - Silicone hydrogel, frequent replacement lenses

Saulfon Clariti (Monthly) – Made from silicone hydrogel, which allows oxygen to pass through to your eyes helping them stay clear, white and healthy. The healthy characteristics of the silicone hydrogel material means you can wear Clariti lenses from morning until night to better suit the demands of modern life. Clariti lenses are also incredibly thin, for that ‘no lens feeling’ and improving comfort.

Sauflon Bioclear (Monthly) – Made using Sauflon’s ‘AquAtract’, which retains moisture in the lens throughout the day for extra comfort and uses a handling tint to aid the insertion and removal of the lens. Advanced Edge Technology provides a lens edge that is incredibly thin reducing lens awareness and improving comfort.

Air Optix Aqua from Cibavision (Monthly) – Created to be breathable, retain moisture and to resist deposits, Cibavision’s Air Optix are designed for maximum comfort all day (and even all night). Air Optix are perfect for people who lead more active lives but whose eyes may be prone to tiredness, dryness or irritation later in the day – they are also suitable for sleeping in!

Whatever your lifestyle, there is a contact lens for you. Reusable lenses – sometimes called ‘fortnightly/monthly disposables’ – offer a wider range of prescription powers and can be very cost efficient. For more information about our contact lenses, or about our excellent contact lens scheme, please feel free to contact us.