Removing & Putting In Contact Lenses | The Optical Superstore Wear & Care Masterclass

Understanding the Basics of Contact Lenses

Introduction to Contact Lenses

Contact lenses have become indispensable for millions, offering freedom from glasses and a natural field of vision. But mastering the art of handling them is crucial. This guide will walk you through 3 main sections:

  • Putting Contact Lenses In
  • Taking Contact Lenses Out
  • Frequently Asked Questions: We’ll cover some do’s and don’ts so that you become an expert in wearing contact lenses.

Importance of Proper Usage and Hygiene

Understanding the importance of proper usage and hygiene is paramount. Your eyes are precious; therefore, ensuring your contact lenses are clean, well-maintained, and handled with care can prevent discomfort and infections. The right knowledge enhances your experience and safeguards your eye health.

How to Put In Contact Lenses

Preparing Your Lenses

Before diving into the process of putting in your lenses, ensuring they’re in top-notch condition is crucial. Start by cleaning and rinsing them thoroughly. Check for any signs of damage – your vision is precious, so wearing lenses in perfect condition is key.

Preparing Your Eyes

Your eyes deserve the best care, too. Ensure your hands are impeccably clean before touching your lenses. If you wear makeup, apply it after your lenses are in to avoid product contamination.

Putting In Soft Contact Lenses

Inserting soft contact lenses is a breeze once you get the hang of it. Follow the same technique you used for removal but in reverse. Looking into a magnification mirror can provide a visual aid and boost your confidence during this process.

Putting In Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses

Inserting RGP lenses requires a delicate touch. Patience and a mirror can be your best friends here. Hold your upper eyelid with one hand, and with the other, gently place the lens onto your eye. With calm and precision, blink a few times, allowing the lens to settle naturally.


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Tips for First-Time Contact Lens Users

For those embarking on their contact lens journey, these points will help:

  • Establishing a routine, including regular cleaning and adherence to wearing schedules. Being consistent with wear time and using fresh lenses will significantly enhance your experience.
  • Remember, patience is vital; soon, wearing contacts will become second nature.

Advanced Tips and Best Practices For Contact Lens Wear

Using Lubricating Drops

Lubricating drops can be your saviour in challenging environments like windy days. These drops keep your eyes moist and comfortable, ensuring your lenses stay in place.

Proper Storage and Maintenance of Contact Lenses

Proper storage and maintenance are vital. Always store your (fortnightly or monthly) lenses in fresh solution in a clean case. Never compromise on hygiene; it’s the foundation of a healthy lens-wearing experience.

How to Remove Contact Lenses

Preparing Your Hands and Environment

Before we dive into the techniques, preparation is critical. Start by washing your hands thoroughly. Use a mild, scent-free soap, and be sure to rinse off all residues. Dry your hands with a lint-free towel. Now, create a clean workspace. A well-lit area with a mirror can be conducive to getting lenses out stress-free.

Removing Soft Contact Lenses

Techniques for Soft Lenses

Removing soft contact lenses might seem daunting initially, but it’s a skill you’ll quickly master. Start by looking up, hold your upper eyelid, and grasp gently the lens between your thumb and forefinger. With a steady hand, softly squeeze the lens and lift it off your eye. Voila! You’ve successfully taken out your lens.

Using Contact Lens Removers (If Applicable)

If you find it challenging to remove your soft lenses with your fingers, don’t worry. Contact lens removers are nifty tools designed to simplify this task. Place the remover on your eye, blink, and the lens will adhere to the remover. Easy peasy!


Removing Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Lenses

Special Considerations for RGP Lenses

Removing RGP lenses requires more finesse. Due to their sturdier structure, it’s essential to handle them gently. Follow the same procedure as for soft lenses, but be patient. The key is a delicate touch and a calm approach.

Using Suction Devices (If Applicable)

For RGP lenses, suction devices can be a game-changer. These devices create a gentle vacuum, making the lens easier to pick up. Place the suction device on the lens, apply a slight pressure, and release the vacuum to remove the lens. Practice makes perfect, and soon, you’ll confidently handle your RGP lenses.

Well, that gets us to our final section. Here is a collection of questions often asked in-store.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I Sleep with My Contact Lenses?

No, sleeping with your lenses in is not advisable unless they are specifically designed for extended wear. Regular lenses must be removed before sleeping to allow your eyes to breathe.

How Long Can I Wear My Lenses Each Day?

The duration varies based on the type of lenses you wear. Daily-wear lenses are designed for “one day wear” and certainly no longer than 16 hours. Some extended-wear lenses can be worn for several days, including overnight. But note: Not all Fortnightly or Monthly lens designs automatically fall into this category.


Always follow the contact lens instructions provided by your eye care professional.

To Wet Or Not To Wet… That Is The Question: Can I Shower or Swim with Contact Lenses?

No, avoiding swimming or showering with contact lenses is best to prevent waterborne infections. Water, especially in pools, hot tubs, and showers, can harbour bacteria that could lead to eye infections.

How Do I Handle Torn Lenses?

Torn lenses are a common concern. If you notice a tear, don’t panic. Carefully remove the lens, ensuring no pieces remain in your eye. If discomfort persists, contact your eye care professional immediately.

What to Do If a Lens Is Stuck

Occasionally, a lens might feel stuck. Avoid panic! Stay calm, blink a few times, and gently massage your eyelid. If the lens remains stuck, apply lubricating eye drops, look up, and try to slide the lens to the white part of your eye with a gentle touch.

If the issue persists, seek professional help.


We hope this has been a helpful resource for you with your contact lens wear and care aspirations! Refer to this guide regularly as you develop the skills necessary for putting contact lenses in and taking contact lenses out. To keep your eyes at their optimal health make sure you see your optometrist every year for a bulk-billed eye test, prior to getting new contact lenses.

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