Guide For Using Contact Lenses

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

Contact lenses help you to look so much better and enjoy great vision. If you are a new contact lenses wearer, there’ll be some difficulty handling and wear them. Your eyes will need a little time to adapt but sooner or later you’ll forget their existence. Don’t worry, it won’t take too long! Here are some guides for new contact lens wearers to make it easier

Putting in your lenses

At first, it can seem a bit complicated to put in and take out contact lenses. It might be a bit rough touching your eyes at first, but before you know it, handling your lenses will be as simple as brushing your teeth.

Read our step-by-step guide, for an easy, fuss-free approach.

  • Always start with the same eye when you put in and take out your lenses, so you don’t get them mixed up.
  •   Got a friend who also wears contact lenses? It may be helpful if they show you how they put in their lenses.
  • For more advice, visit your eye care practitioner for a refresher demonstration.

Good habits to get into

  • You should give your eyes an easy ‘self-check’ once a day. You should ask yourself: How do they feel in my eyes? How do my eyes look wearing them? Do I continue to see well?
  • Always carefully wash your hands and dry them with a clean towel before you touch your eyes or contact lenses.
  • Don’t rub your eyes. It is easy to touch your eyes without thinking about it, but you don’t want to get any dirt or oil from your fingers in your eyes, or dislodge your lens.
  • Remain good hygiene habit. Clean, disinfect and store your lenses and lens case as guided. Never wash your contact lenses or lens case with tap water.
  • For an easy, effective method for cleaning and caring for your reusable contact lenses, see our routine here.
  • Stick to the plan and remember to replace your contact lenses as suggested by your eye care practitioner.
  • Don’t wear your contact lenses for longer than guided by your eye care practitioner.
  • Can you feel the lens in your eye?

If your contact lenses are the incorrect position, you should not be able to feel their existence. Here are some things to double check:

  1. Is the lens the right way round? If the lens is inside out, it won’t fit correctly and may feel a bit strange. To work out which way round it is, just put the lens on the tip of your finger and hold it up to the light. If the edges flare out, it’s inside out. If it looks like a smooth edged cup, it’s ready to go.
  2. Do you have an eyelash, a tiny particle of grit or lint on the lens? With clean, dry hands, carefully slide the lens off of the center of your open eye and easily move the lens back to the center while using finger pressure on the upper and lower eyelid.
  3. Is the lens damaged? A split or tear in the lens will inflame your eye. If you think your lens is split or torn, wash and dry your hands with a clean towel and replace it with a new one.

Are your eyes feeling dry?

Most people feel their eyes dry around air-conditioning, smoke, dust or if they spend a long period of time using the computer. Here are some tips to help if you are wearing contact lenses too.

  • Use rewetting drops suggested by your eye care practitioner to keep your eyes hydrated.
  • Drink lots of water to make sure that your body is hydrated too.
  • Blink frequently, to remain a layer of moisture on your eye, especially when working with a computer screen or watching television.
  • Wear contact lenses particularly designed to retain moisture.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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