New Wearer Guide

Tips for first-time contact lens wearers

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Welcome to contacts! Enjoy the view.

Congrats on your new contact lenses, and your new look. Putting on and taking off your contacts is simple when you get the hang of it, but it can take some getting used to. Be patient and before you know it, it'll be second nature. Remember: Practice makes perfect.

Put On Contacts

Learn how to put on contact lenses

Follow along with this quick tutorial to see how to put your lenses in.

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Wash your hands thoroughly

Use a mild soap, rinse completely and dry with a lint-free towel before touching your lenses.

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Check the lens

The lens should look like a bowl with straight edges. If the edges flair out, it's inside out.

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Hold your eye open

With the contact lens on the tip of your index finger, hold your upper and lower eyelids open.

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Place the lens

Look up and gently place the lens on your eye. Release the eyelid and close your eye to let the lens settle.

Take Off Contacts

See how to take off contact lenses

Follow along with this quick tutorial to see how to take your lenses out.

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Wash your hands thoroughly

Use a mild soap, rinse completely and dry with a lint-free towel before touching your lenses.

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Look up & pull down your lower eyelid

Touch the lower edge of the lens with your index finger and slide it down to the lower white part of your eye.

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Gently squeeze the lens

Using your thumb and index finger, lift the lens from your eye.

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Discard or clean your lenses

If you wear bi-weekly or monthly contacts, it's time to clean and disinfect. Daily disposables can be thrown away.

Frequently asked questions

How long will it take for my contacts to feel normal?

This varies for everyone. If you feel like it has been too long, the best way to find out why you're uncomfortable, and what you can do about it, is to talk to your eye doctor.

Should the contact move around after I put it on?

A proper fitting contact lens will move just slightly with each blink, but should stay in place as you move your eyes around. Even on that rare occasion when a contact lens moves off the center of the eye, it usually stays on the eye and can simply be moved back to center.

Is it okay if my vision is still blurry after putting on my contacts?

Many things can adversely affect your vision. It could be dry eyes, poor-fitting lenses, or an out-of-date prescription. It could also be a sign of a more serious problem not related to your contacts. You should always talk to your eye doctor about any issues you are having with your vision or your contact lenses.

Once you've got the basics down

Learn about keeping your contact lenses clean to help keep your eyes comfortable and healthy for the long-term.

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Learn to clean your contacts

See the best ways to keep your contacts clean so your eyes stay healthy.

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See tips for healthy eyes

Find out how to protect your eyes and reduce your risk for serious eye conditions.


Always wash hands thoroughly before handling contact lenses.

Important information for contact lens wearers: ACUVUE Contact Lenses are available by prescription only for vision correction. An eye care professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Although rare, serious eye problems can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help avoid these problems, follow the wear and replacement schedule and the lens care instructions provided by your eye doctor. Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. If one of these conditions occurs, remove the lens and contact your eye doctor immediately. For more information on proper wear, care and safety, talk to your eye care professional, call 1-800-843-2020, or download the Patient Instruction Guides.



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