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How to insert contact lenses

How to insert contact lenses

Looking for help putting in your contact lenses? Whether you are a beginner or simply looking to improve your technique, our in house Optician has broken down the steps for you here. 

To begin with, you need to make sure your hands are clean to avoid dry eyes or eye infections caused by harmful bacteria. Your eye health is vital! 

Wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap and then dry them with a lint free towel or air dryer, making sure that you avoid touching anything other than your contact lenses… yes even your pets. 

  • Prepare the lens
  • Gently shake the blister to loosen the contact lens, we don’t want it to be stuck to the packet. Peel the foil of the lens blister open gently.

    Once you've shaken and opened up the blister, pinch the edge of your contact lens, making sure not to grab the lens with the nail as this could scratch or even tear the contact lens, rendering it useless.

  • Applying the contact lens
  • Place the contact in the centre of your finger, making sure that it's the right way up.

    Look up and pull your lower eyelid down to make your eye as big as possible, this makes it easier to place the contact lens properly and comfortably.

    Gently guide the contact lens into your eye, try not to rush it so that you avoid poking your eye or putting the lens on the wrong part of the eye.  Finally, slowly remove your finger from your eyelid and gently close your eye.

  • Getting comfortable
  • Now that the contact lens is on the eye, make sure it is comfortable. Move the eye around to remove any air bubbles and to make sure the contact lens is properly positioned on your eye. If it isn’t sitting comfortably, keep your finger on the centre of the lens and move it around gently to dislodge any air that may be trapped underneath, ensuring that the lens fits closely to the shape of your eyeball. You can also close your eye and gently massage your eyelid with your fingertip to move the lens to the centre of your iris. If your lens still doesn’t feel comfortable, remove the contact lens, give your eyes a break and then return to step 1. 

    And we’re done. That’s a quickfire guide on inserting contact lenses properly. If you want a visual guideline, watch the video below for a step-by-step tutorial on how to put in contact lenses. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C3sl5DH6VM&t=99s

    Need more help? Book a complimentary and private virtual appointment with our in-house Optician here.

    Don’t forget to keep the contact lens blister so that it can be recycled safely via our WALDO contact lens recycling scheme, which you can read about here - link to recycling blog.

    And if you accidentally sleep in your contact lenses, read more about what to do here.

    Click play below to watch Bianca, our social media guru and long-term lens-wearer, show us how she applies her WALDO lenses.

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