Tips for first-time contact lens wearers

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Welcome to contact lenses! Enjoy the view.

Congratulations on your new contact lenses, and your new look. Putting on and taking off your contact lenses is easier than you might think. It may take a little getting used to, but soon you'll discover your own way and be doing it without a second thought. If you are wearing contact lenses for the first time, remember: practice makes perfect.

Put On Contact Lenses

Learn how to put on contact lenses

Follow along with this quick tutorial to see how to put your lenses on easily and safely.

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Wash your hands

Use non-perfumed, anti-bacterial liquid soap, then rinse and dry them with a lint-free towel.

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Check the lens is the right way around

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.

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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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Apply 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 Contact Lenses

See an easy way to take off contact lenses

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

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Wash your hands

Use non-perfumed, anti-bacterial liquid soap, rinse and dry with a lint-free towel before touching your lenses.

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Look up and pull down your lower eyelid with your middle finger

Slowly bring your index finger to your eye until you touch the lower edge of the lens. Then 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 contact lenses

For reusable contact lenses, it's time to clean and disinfect.

At the end of use, place your lenses in a bin or, even better, recycle them!

Frequently asked questions

Are contact lenses comfortable?

Correctly fitted contact lenses should feel comfortable, and most modern soft lenses are made from breathable, moisture-rich materials. However, if you are experiencing discomfort, the best way to find out why is to talk to your Optician.

Should the contact lenses move around after I put them on?

With proper fitting, contact lenses should stay in place almost all the time. Even on that rare occasion when a contact lens moves out of place, it usually stays on your eye until you can move it back into place.

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

Many things can adversely affect your vision. It could be as simple as poor-fitting lenses, an out-of-date prescription or symptoms of dry eye. It could also be a sign of a more serious problem not related to your contact lenses. You should get clear vision from your contact lenses so always talk to your Optician about any issues you're 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 reusable contact lenses

See the best ways to keep your reusable contact lenses 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 of serious eye conditions.

Get started with ACUVUE® contact lenses

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Start your free* trial of ACUVUE® contact lenses today.

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All ACUVUE® contact lenses have UV Blocking to help provide protection against transmission of harmful UV radiation to the cornea and into the eye. UV absorbing contact lenses are NOT substitutes for protective UV absorbing eyewear such as UV absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. You should continue to use UV absorbing eyewear as directed by your optician.

*T&Cs apply: 1 trial per person. 18+. Professional consultation and fitting fees may apply and are not included. Subject to Optician approval. Participating Opticians only. For full terms and conditions see here.

Important information for contact lens wearers: ACUVUE® Contact Lenses can be used 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 instructions on proper lens care. Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection, any eye disease or systemic disease, that may affect the eye, or if you are allergic to any ingredients. If you experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems, remove the lens and contact your Eye Care Professional immediately. For more information, including warnings and precautions, carefully read the Instructions for Use.



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Last updated 18/06/2024
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