Guide to applying contact lenses

If you wear glasses, you might have considered opting for contact lenses as well! The practicality of lenses over glasses is great, pop a pair in at the start of the day and forget about them until it’s time to go to bed. 

There are different variants of lenses, from daily disposables, 2-weeklies and even monthlies. We’re also proud to offer Ortho K (Orthokeratology) contact lenses. A revolutionary new way to correct your eyesight whilst you sleep! The lenses work by popping them in overnight and they will gently reshape the surface of your eyes. The change is incredibly slight, but can be life-changing! Find out more here. Your optician will be able to advise which lenses are best for your eyes.

If you prefer standard contact lenses did you know, there are some top tips you should always follow when it comes to inserting and removing them? In this blog, our Harrow opticians’ take a look at how to get the most out of your lenses, to make sure your eyes stay happy and healthy!

How to insert your contact lenses

  • Start by washing your hands – this gets rid of any dirt and bacteria that might be lingering on your hands and makes sure that nothing gets passed on. After all, you don’t want a nasty eye infection!
  • Open the foil (for disposable lenses) or case lid (for reusable lenses), and gently scoop out the lens with your index finger. 
  • Give the lens a quick check to make sure it looks OK. It should look like a bowl, if it looks as though it has a lip it means it inside out. This is easy to correct by gently pushing it so that it flips the correct way.
  • Check for any tears or bits of debris. If it’s dirty then use some solution to clean it, if it’s damaged you’ll have to get rid of it and use a fresh one. A damaged lens can cause irritation to your eyes.
  • The easiest way to insert your lens is to place it on your index finger and with your free hand, pull the top eyelid up. This will stop you from blinking!
  • Pull your bottom eyelid down, and begin to bring the lens towards the centre of your eye. 
  • Don’t press it on to your eye, it should go into place on its own!
  • Once positioned, move your eye from side to side and then close them both. This gets rid of any bubbles that might be trapped as well as making sure it is perfectly positioned.
  • Do the same for the other eye

How to remove your contact lenses

So, you’ve mastered putting your lenses in, but what about getting them out again? If you’re squeamish about touching your eye, don’t worry, you don’t need too!

  • Just like before, start by washing your hands to get rid of any dirt and bacteria.
  • Look into a mirror, tilt your head down slightly and gently pull your lower eyelid down
  • Slide the lens onto the white of the eye and gently pinch out.
  • Repeat on the other eye.


Book your contact lens appointment now with a member of our friendly team!