1. How to insert your contact lenses

Handling contact lenses can be a little daunting at first. But don't worry - before long you won't think twice about putting them in and taking them out. Here's a guide showing you how to apply your contact lenses:

Step 1: Carefully remove the lens from the package

  • Make sure your hands are clean and dry
  • In a well-lit area, spread out a clean soft cloth or towel and if possible use an adjustable magnifying mirror
  • Apply your right lens first. This will help ensure that you get the correct lens in each eye
  • Carefully slide the lens up the ramp and out it’s opened package with your finger until it’s free.

Step 2: Check the lense

  • Make sure your hands are clean and dry
  • With the lens on the tip of your finger, have a good look at it. It should be a regular semicircular shape. If the lens edge has a lip, it is probably inside out
  • If the lens is inside out, place it in the palm of your hand, add a few drops of solution and gently turn the lens the right way round

Step 3: Start with the right eye

  • Look straight ahead into a mirror and hold the upper lid eyelashes firmly against the brow with the first finger on your left hand
  • Using the middle finger of the right hand, pull the lower lid down
  • Watching in the mirror with your left eye, bring the lens toward your right eye
  • Place the lens gently over the iris, so that all the edges of the lens are in contact with the eye
  • Blink gently a couple of times to establish good vision
  • When you are sure that the lens is properly in place, repeat the procedure for your left lens.

2. How to remove your contact lenses

Once you are wearing your contact lenses, taking them out is straightforward. Here's a guide showing you how to remove your contact lenses:

Step 1: Before taking out your contact lenses, check:

  • Always wash your hands before touching your eyes or contact lenses
  • If you use a contact lens case, ensure that it's clean and contains fresh solution or saline. Never use tap water.

Step 2: The simplest method of removal

  • Place your first finger and thumb on opposing sides of the contact lens and slide it down onto the white of the eye
  • Pinch the lens gently off the eye, taking care not to squeeze it too hard
  • If the lens surfaces stick together and it remains firmly folded, place it in the case to rehydrate it for a few minutes before attempting to unfold it. Then follow your recommended cleaning regime.