TIPS FOR NEW CONTACT LENS WEARERS
Contact lenses help you to look your best and enjoy great all-round vision.
If you are new to contact lenses, it is easy to get used to handling and wearing them. Your eyes will need a little time to adapt but you’ll soon forget they are there. Don’t worry, it won’t take long!
Check out our great MYFIRST30™ tool or download our LENSPAL™ app to guide you through the first month of wearing contact lenses. Also, download our patient instruction guides for daily disposable lenses or reusable lenses.
Here are some tips for new contact lens wearers to put any concerns you may have to rest:
Putting in your lenses
At first, it can seem a bit tricky to put in and take out your contact lenses. Read our step-by-step guide, for an easy, fuss-free method for putting in and taking out contact lenses.
It might be a bit daunting touching your eyes at first. But before you know it, handling your lenses will become as natural as brushing your teeth.
- 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 wears contact lenses? It may be helpful if they show you how they put in their lenses.
- For more guidance, visit your eye care practitioner for a refresher demonstration.
Good habits to get into
- You should give your eyes a simple 'self-check' once a day. Ask yourself:
- How do the contact lenses feel in my eyes?
- How do my eyes look?
- Do I continue to see well?
- Always thoroughly wash your hands and dry them with a lint-free 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.
- Maintain good hygiene practices. Clean, disinfect and store your lenses and lens case as instructed. Never rinse 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 schedule and replace your contact lenses as recommended by your eye care practitioner.
- Don’t wear your contact lenses for longer than instructed by your eye care practitioner.
Can you feel the lens in your eye?
If your contact lenses are in correctly, you should not be able to feel them. Here are some things to double check:
- 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.
ACUVUE® lenses also have a 123 indicator. Just hold them up to the light, and if the numbers are the right way round, the lens is the right way up.
- 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 centre of your open eye and gently move the lens back to the centre while using finger pressure on the upper and lower eyelid.
- Is the lens damaged? A split or tear in the lens will irritate your eye. If you think your lens is split or torn, wash and dry your hands with a lint-free towel and replace the lens with a new one.
Are your eyes feeling dry?
Most people experience dry eyes around air-conditioning, smoke, dust or if they spend a long time in front of the computer. Here are some tips to help if you are wearing contact lenses too.
- Use rewetting drops recommended by your eye care practitioner to keep your eyes hydrated.
- Drink lots of water to ensure your body is hydrated too.
- Blink often, to maintain a layer of moisture on your eye, especially when working in front of a computer screen or watching television.
- Wear contact lenses specially designed to retain moisture, such as ACUVUE OASYS® or ACUVUE OASYS® for ASTIGMATISM.
Still have questions?
- Have a look at our frequently asked questions section to find answers to what you need to know about contact lenses. Also, download our patient instruction guides for daily disposable lenses or reusable lenses.
- Talk to your eye care practitioner if you have further queries about getting contact lenses, wear and care or general eye health.
Now you can get on with enjoying the freedom and benefits of contact lenses!