How to put in &
take out your contact lenses

Putting contact lenses in and taking them out is easier than you might think. It may take a few days for your eyes to get used to the feeling of wearing lenses. If you're having trouble don't force it, give yourself plenty of time to get comfortable. There's no rush, you can always try again tomorrow.

How to put in contacts in 4 easy steps


Before you start

wash your hands with soap (preferably non-perfumed, anti-bacterial liquid soap), then rinse and dry your hands with a towel.


Check that the lens isn't inside out

To do this, place the lens on the tip of your finger and hold it up to the light. If the edges flare out, it's inside out. It should look like a bowl with straight edges.


Using your right hand

gently hold your upper eyelid with one finger so you don't blink or get your eyelashes in the way, and carefully pull down your lower eyelid with your other fingers.


Move the contact lens

toward your eye steadily. Look upward as you place it on your eye, then slowly release your eyelid and close your eye for a moment to allow the lens to settle. Repeat for your other eye.

How to take off your contacts in 4 easy steps


Ensure your hands are clean

and dry, look up and carefully pull down your lower eyelid with your middle finger.


Bring your index finger to your eye

slowly until you touch the lower edge of the lens, then slide the lens down to the white part of your eye.


Gently squeeze the lens

Between your thumb and index finger to remove it. Repeat for your left lens.


Discard daily contact lenses.

If you wear dailies you can toss them out, but make sure you clean and disinfect monthly and 2-weekly lenses

Never rinse your contact lenses or lens case with tap water.

Do you have questions about putting contact lenses in? You can talk to one of our opticians on 0207 856 0586.