How to apply your monthly reusable contact lenses
Our guide to applying your contact lenses has been prepared especially for new wearers to help you develop confidence with contact lens application.
Step by step instructions
Step 1. Wash and dry your hands
- Before handling your contact lenses, wash your hands using plain, antibacterial soap without moisturiser or perfumes and rinse well
- Dry thoroughly with a lint-free towel.
Step 2. Prepare your contact lenses
- Take your lenses out of the blister pack or lens case one at a time
- Place the lens on the tip of your index finger; it should be bowl–shaped facing upwards. If the lens edge has a noticeable outward bend, the lens is inside out, so make sure you orientate it to the correct position.
Step 3. Apply your contact lenses
- Pull up your upper eyelid holding it as close and central to the lash line as possible to prevent blinking
- Pull your lower eyelid down
- Focus on a steady point with your other eye
- Slowly and gently apply the lens over the coloured part of your eye.
Step 4. Check and confirm
- After your contact lens is in place, slowly move your index finger away from your eye
- Holding your eyelids open, look around slowly to remove any air bubbles
- Removing your fingers from your eyelid, blink gently to ensure the contact lens is in the right place.
How to remove your daily contact lenses
Our guide to removing your contact lenses has been prepared especially for new contact lens wearers to help you develop confidence with contact lens removal.
Step by step instructions
Step 1. Wash and dry your hands
- Thoroughly wash your hands using plain, antibacterial soap without moisturiser or perfumes and rinse well.
- Dry thoroughly with a lint-free towel.
Step 2. Remove your contact lenses
- Lower your chin and look up into a mirror
- Check that the lens is resting on the coloured part of your eye
- Looking into the mirror, gently slide the lens downwards onto the white part of your eye
- Using your thumb and index finger, gently squeeze the edges of the lens together to remove it from your eye.
Step 3. Clean and disinfect your contact lenses with multipurpose solution**
- Place the lens in the palm of your hand with a couple of drops of multipurpose solution
- Rub the lens back and forth with your little finger for 15 seconds
- Turn the lens over and repeat for the other side
- Finally, rinse the lens using more multipurpose solution.
For safety and comfort, your reusable lenses must be cleaned and disinfected every day after you wear them.
Step 4. Store your contact lenses
- Place your contact lens into your lens storage case
- Fill the case with your prescribed lens care solution; never mixing old and new solution together**
- Securely screw the top onto your lens case and store in a safe place
- Repeat steps 2, 3 and 4 for your other eye.
- Your contact lens storage case should be replaced every month.
**For peroxide solutions, please use as directed. Peroxide solutions must never be used to rinse your contact lenses or lens case.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Any questions? Take a look through some frequently asked questions for more advice and information.
Extremely safe. Contact Lenses are delivered sterile in their packs. Appropriate hand cleaning, lens handling, application, removal (and storage) of your lenses should ensure you have a lifetime of enjoyment from your contact lenses, whether you are short or long-sighted, have astigmatism and /or multifocal vision needs.
You should always wash your hands with water and plain soap before handling contact lenses, but you need to avoid water coming into contact with the contact lenses themselves. Small micro-organisms are present in tap water and can cause potentially serious eye infections. These same organisms can also survive in swimming pools, saunas, hot tubs and the sea. The safest way to avoid an eye infection in these situations is to not wear contact lenses at all- prescription swimming goggles are readily available. Where this is impractical, monthly reusable lenses minimise the risks especially if contact lenses are removed with clean and dry hands after any water based activity.
Like anything, ‘practice make perfect’ and our step-by-step guide to contact lens handling can support you through the early days of getting used to handling contact lenses. Ask any experienced contact lens wearer and they’ll tell you that applying and removing contact lenses becomes very easy, very quickly.
An eye examination determines your spectacle prescription and includes checks for eye disease like glaucoma or cataracts and may also identify early general health concerns like eye changes in relation to diabetes. You should wear your glasses to your eye examination. A contact lens check allows your eye care professional to make sure that you are seeing well and that your contact lenses are the most suited to your lifestyle. You should wear your contact lenses to this appointment and bring your glasses with you (and contact lens storage case if wearing reusable lenses).
No. The eye is ‘sealed’ by a continuous membrane called the conjunctiva that extends from under your eyelids to the edge of your cornea. This means that even in the unlikely event of a contact lens being displaced it can’t get lost behind the eye.
Dry eye is actually very common and it affects people in a variety of ways. Sometimes it can make contact lens wear more challenging and your eye care professional will have selected the best contact lens material and solutions (if wearing reusable lenses) to help you get the most comfort from your contact lenses.
Some people find that contact lenses can help with the common symptoms of hay fever as they can prevent the particles causing your allergy to reach the surface of the eye. The best contact lenses for hay fever sufferers are monthly reusable contact lenses because you start with a new, clean lens every day and it’s important to have regular contact lens progress checks to monitor any changes.
This is a very common condition called presbyopia and the good news is that there are contact lenses designed to give great vision at all distances just like a varifocal spectacle lens does.
It is not uncommon for children to wear spectacles but they can often get in the way of normal everyday activities. Several studies have indicated that children as young as 5 can benefit from contact lenses and are surprisingly good at handling them. Research tells us that the best lenses for children are monthly reusable lenses with a UV block to protect young eyes from exposure to the harmful effects of UV light.
Apply your contact lenses before putting your make-up on and take them out before you remove your make-up.
Never wear a damaged lens as it will be pretty uncomfortable, especially if it is damaged through mishandling (like accidentally dropping the lens on the floor) as the risk of infection can increase. Move on to your next lens and ask your eye care professional for a replacement if needed.
The dry atmosphere inside a cabin may make your contact lenses feel dry, and on longer haul flights you may fall asleep. Carry your glasses and spare contact lenses in your hand-luggage to give yourself the option to take your lenses out. With no solutions or cases to worry about, monthly reusable lenses are ideal for travel.
With no reflections from your glasses, more light can reach your eyes and it may feel brighter. Sunglasses will make your eyes more comfortable.
Only attempt to remove your lenses once you have been awake for about 30 minutes. This gives your tear film a chance to help loosen your lenses making them easier to remove. You may use eye drops formulated especially for contact lenses to help lubricate the lens. If your contact lenses remain difficult to remove, seek advice from your eye care professional.
Contact lens cases are often the main culprit when a contact lens wearer develops an eye infection. Sometimes, these eye infections can be really serious so it is important to keep the contact lens case very clean. Current advice suggests rinsing the case with fresh multipurpose solution (or sterile saline if using a peroxide based solution) and leaving it to air-dry face down when it is not in use and replacing the case at least every 3 months.
You must dispose of monthly lenses 1 month from opening. Daily disposable contact lenses are very economical and hygienic and ultimately very convenient if you are only wearing lenses a few times each month.
Your eye care professional will have advised you of the most compatible solution for both your contact lens material and your eyes. We don’t advise changing your brand of solutions without the recommendation of your eye care professional.
Tips for new users
If you’re a new contact lens wearer, you may be wondering what to expect. These hints and tips will help ensure that your contact lens journey is a success.
Start with the same eye every time
When applying your contact lenses, start with the same eye every time. You’ll be less likely to switch the lenses by mistake. Like your shoes, your left and right contact lenses are different.
Keep your glasses with you
As a new wearer, you may need to build up your wearing time so keep your glasses with you. Don’t worry, your eyes will quickly adapt and you’ll soon be able to enjoy the freedom of contact lenses for longer periods of time.
Never let your contact lenses or lens case come into contact with water
Do not rinse your contact lenses or your contact lens case with tap water and avoid wearing your contact lenses in swimming pools, saunas and the sea as this increases the risk of significant eye infection.
Follow the advice from your eye care professional
Replace your lenses on time to keep your contact lenses comfortable and clear. Remember to make a follow-up appointment as recommended by your eye care professional to make sure you are wearing the best contact lenses for your lifestyle.
Give yourself plenty of time
Take it slowly and follow our guide. It may take a while at first but, as with almost any new activity, the more you do it the easier it becomes. Soon you’ll be able to apply and remove your contact lenses with ease and confidence.
If your eyes are red, take the day off
If your eyes look red, feel sore or if your vision is blurred, don’t be tempted to wear your lenses and seek immediate advice from your eye care professional. If you are feeling under the weather, this may increase the risk of an eye infection so avoid wearing your contact lenses if you feel unwell.
Never wear a damaged lens
If you notice any damage, like a tear or split in your contact lens, don’t be tempted to wear it. Ask your eye care professional for a replacement if necessary.
Never share contact lenses
Not only does sharing contact lenses spread bacteria from person to person, but contact lenses are fitted and prescribed to suit your vision and your eyes.
Don’t sleep in contact lenses that are not designed to be slept in
Certain types of contact lenses have been designed for extended wear – or for wearing while sleeping. Only sleep in contact lenses if you have been advised that the lenses you have been prescribed are licensed in this way.
Any queries, contact your eye care professional
Your eye care professional is best placed to help you with any questions or queries you may have.
Never allow any water to come into contact with your contact lenses as this increases the risk of a serious eye infection and can lead to loss of vision. This includes showering, swimming and other water-based activities. Always wash your hands and DRY them thoroughly before handling your contact lenses.