Contact Lens Wear & Care
 

Wearing contact lenses

This section offers a step-by-step guide to help you put on and take off your contact lenses. You’ll be surprised how easy it is!

You can also find out how often you should replace your lenses and all about contact lens care.

There are different types of ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses to suit your lifestyle needs. You might like two-weekly reusable lenses or the convenience and simplicity of ACUVUE® daily disposable Lenses.

Take a look at the different choices you have and the benefits that each one offers. You can discuss your options with your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist.

If you need a helping hand wearing or caring for your contact lenses, our LENSPALTM app can give you all the advice you need.

How to put on and take off your lenses

Putting on and taking off contact lenses is easier than you might think. It may take a little getting used to, but soon you’ll be doing it without a second thought.

How to put on contact lenses

  1. Before you touch your eyes or contact lenses, always wash your hands with soap (preferably non-perfumed, anti-bacterial liquid soap). Thoroughly rinse and then dry your hands with a lint-free towel.

    It’s a good idea to always put on the lens for your right eye first. This way you won’t get your lenses mixed up.

  2. Check the lens isn't inside out. 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.

    Most ACUVUE® lenses also have a 123 indicator, so you can easily tell when they are inside out. Just hold the lens up to the light and if the numbers are the right way round, so is the lens.

  3. Using your other hand, carefully hold your upper eyelid so you don’t blink.

  4. Carefully pull down your lower eyelid with the middle finger of your applying hand.

  5. Looking in a mirror, move the contact lens towards your eye calmly and steadily. Keeping both eyes open, place the lens onto your eye.

  6. Slowly release your eyelid and close your eye for a moment to allow the lens to settle.

  7. Follow the same steps for your left eye.

 

How to take off contact lenses

  1. Before you touch your eyes or contact lenses, always wash your hands with soap (preferably non-perfumed, anti-bacterial liquid soap). Thoroughly rinse and then dry your hands with a lint-free towel.

  2. Start with your right eye to avoid mixing up your lenses.

  3. Look up at the ceiling and carefully pull down your lower eyelid with your middle finger.

  4. Slowly bring your index finger close to your eye until you touch the lower edge of the lens.

  5. Slide the lens down to the lower white part of your eye.

  6. Gently squeeze the lens between your thumb and index finger and remove it.

  7. Remove your left lens in the same way.

  8. Discard daily disposable lenses. Clean and disinfect reusable lenses. For a quick, effective method for cleaning reusable lenses, follow our easy routine here.

  9. Never rinse your lenses or your contact lens case with tap water.

 

If you need a helping hand wearing or caring for your contact lenses, our LENSPALTM app can give you all the guidance you need.

When to change your contact lenses

How often you change your contact lenses for a fresh pair depends on the type of lenses you wear. If you are unsure, your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist can give you advice about which contact lenses will best suit your needs and how frequently you should replace them.

Daily disposable contact lenses

Daily disposable contact lenses are super convenient and the healthiest way to wear contact lenses¹. Simply put in your lenses when you wake up and discard them at the end of the day.

With ACUVUE® daily disposable lenses there’s no need to clean or store your contact lenses. Just change them for a new pair each day.

Reusable contact lenses

Unlike monthly lenses which can be worn for a whole month before you replace them, our ACUVUE® reusable contact lenses are replaced twice a month for a fresher, better experience.

Just clean and store them at the end of each day and after two weeks replace them with a new pair.

Read more about how to care for your contact lenses here.

The easiest way to stay on schedule with your reusable contact lens care is to follow these tips:

  • Replace your reusable lenses on the same day of the week. A good routine is to discard your old contact lenses on a Sunday night and start with a new pair on Monday morning.
  • Use our free LENSPAL® app to help you remember when to change your lenses, buy new lenses and when you are due for an eye test.

How to clean and care for your reusable contact lenses

It only takes a few minutes to clean your reusable contact lenses to help maintain healthy contact lens wear.

Just follow this quick, easy and effective routine at the end of each day:

  • Before you touch your eyes, contact lenses or lens case, always wash your hands with soap (preferably non-perfumed, anti-bacterial liquid soap). Then thoroughly rinse them and dry them with a lint-free towel.
  • Fill each chamber of your contact lens case with fresh contact lens disinfecting solution.
  • Begin with the same eye every time you put on or take off your contact lenses. This way you won’t mix them up.
  • Always clean your lenses immediately after you remove them.
  • Place the lens in the clean, dry palm of your hand.
  • Apply a few drops of the prescribed contact lens disinfecting solution.
  • With one finger gently rub the lens back and forth on your palm for 10 to 15 seconds to clean the lens surfaces.
  • Rinse your lens thoroughly with a few more drops of the prescribed solution.
  • Put the lens into your clean contact lens case.
  • Repeat this routine for your other lens.
  • Close the case and leave your lenses to soak overnight.

If you want a helping hand wearing or caring for your contact lenses, our LENSPALTM app can give you all the advice you need.

Don’t forget to clean your contact lens case!

You probably know how important it is to keep your contact lenses clean, but it’s easy to overlook your contact lens case. Your lens case needs to be just as clean as your lenses.

Every time you put on your contact lenses, follow these simple steps to keeping your lens case as clean as possible:

  • Empty your contact lens case of the old solution.
  • Rinse it with fresh contact lens solution.
  • Allow to air-dry, upside down on a clean tissue.
  • Replace your contact lens case on a regular basis, usually every month.

Remember: Never use tap water to clean your contact lenses or lens case.

Refer to your contact lens solution instruction guide for further information about how long to soak your contact lenses or how often you should change the solution if you don’t wear them every day.

Wearing contact lenses

This section offers a step-by-step guide to help you put on and take off your contact lenses. You’ll be surprised how easy it is!

You can also find out how often you should replace your lenses and all about contact lens care.

There are different types of ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses to suit your lifestyle needs. You might like two-weekly reusable lenses or the convenience and simplicity of ACUVUE® daily disposable Lenses.

Take a look at the different choices you have and the benefits that each one offers. You can discuss your options with your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist.

If you need a helping hand wearing or caring for your contact lenses, our LENSPALTM app can give you all the advice you need.

How to put on and take off your lenses

Putting on and taking off contact lenses is easier than you might think. It may take a little getting used to, but soon you’ll be doing it without a second thought.

How to put on contact lenses

  1. Before you touch your eyes or contact lenses, always wash your hands with soap (preferably non-perfumed, anti-bacterial liquid soap). Thoroughly rinse and then dry your hands with a lint-free towel.

    It’s a good idea to always put on the lens for your right eye first. This way you won’t get your lenses mixed up.

  2. Check the lens isn't inside out. 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.

    Most ACUVUE® lenses also have a 123 indicator, so you can easily tell when they are inside out. Just hold the lens up to the light and if the numbers are the right way round, so is the lens.

  3. Using your other hand, carefully hold your upper eyelid so you don’t blink.

  4. Carefully pull down your lower eyelid with the middle finger of your applying hand.

  5. Looking in a mirror, move the contact lens towards your eye calmly and steadily. Keeping both eyes open, place the lens onto your eye.

  6. Slowly release your eyelid and close your eye for a moment to allow the lens to settle.

  7. Follow the same steps for your left eye.

 

How to take off contact lenses

  1. Before you touch your eyes or contact lenses, always wash your hands with soap (preferably non-perfumed, anti-bacterial liquid soap). Thoroughly rinse and then dry your hands with a lint-free towel.

  2. Start with your right eye to avoid mixing up your lenses.

  3. Look up at the ceiling and carefully pull down your lower eyelid with your middle finger.

  4. Slowly bring your index finger close to your eye until you touch the lower edge of the lens.

  5. Slide the lens down to the lower white part of your eye.

  6. Gently squeeze the lens between your thumb and index finger and remove it.

  7. Remove your left lens in the same way.

  8. Discard daily disposable lenses. Clean and disinfect reusable lenses. For a quick, effective method for cleaning reusable lenses, follow our easy routine here.

  9. Never rinse your lenses or your contact lens case with tap water.

 

If you need a helping hand wearing or caring for your contact lenses, our LENSPALTM app can give you all the guidance you need.

When to change your contact lenses

How often you change your contact lenses for a fresh pair depends on the type of lenses you wear. If you are unsure, your Eye Care Practitioner/Optometrist can give you advice about which contact lenses will best suit your needs and how frequently you should replace them.

Daily disposable contact lenses

Daily disposable contact lenses are super convenient and the healthiest way to wear contact lenses¹. Simply put in your lenses when you wake up and discard them at the end of the day.

With ACUVUE® daily disposable lenses there’s no need to clean or store your contact lenses. Just change them for a new pair each day.

Reusable contact lenses

Unlike monthly lenses which can be worn for a whole month before you replace them, our ACUVUE® reusable contact lenses are replaced twice a month for a fresher, better experience.

Just clean and store them at the end of each day and after two weeks replace them with a new pair.

Read more about how to care for your contact lenses here.

The easiest way to stay on schedule with your reusable contact lens care is to follow these tips:

  • Replace your reusable lenses on the same day of the week. A good routine is to discard your old contact lenses on a Sunday night and start with a new pair on Monday morning.
  • Use our free LENSPAL® app to help you remember when to change your lenses, buy new lenses and when you are due for an eye test.

How to clean and care for your reusable contact lenses

It only takes a few minutes to clean your reusable contact lenses to help maintain healthy contact lens wear.

Just follow this quick, easy and effective routine at the end of each day:

  • Before you touch your eyes, contact lenses or lens case, always wash your hands with soap (preferably non-perfumed, anti-bacterial liquid soap). Then thoroughly rinse them and dry them with a lint-free towel.
  • Fill each chamber of your contact lens case with fresh contact lens disinfecting solution.
  • Begin with the same eye every time you put on or take off your contact lenses. This way you won’t mix them up.
  • Always clean your lenses immediately after you remove them.
  • Place the lens in the clean, dry palm of your hand.
  • Apply a few drops of the prescribed contact lens disinfecting solution.
  • With one finger gently rub the lens back and forth on your palm for 10 to 15 seconds to clean the lens surfaces.
  • Rinse your lens thoroughly with a few more drops of the prescribed solution.
  • Put the lens into your clean contact lens case.
  • Repeat this routine for your other lens.
  • Close the case and leave your lenses to soak overnight.

If you want a helping hand wearing or caring for your contact lenses, our LENSPALTM app can give you all the advice you need.

Don’t forget to clean your contact lens case!

You probably know how important it is to keep your contact lenses clean, but it’s easy to overlook your contact lens case. Your lens case needs to be just as clean as your lenses.

Every time you put on your contact lenses, follow these simple steps to keeping your lens case as clean as possible:

  • Empty your contact lens case of the old solution.
  • Rinse it with fresh contact lens solution.
  • Allow to air-dry, upside down on a clean tissue.
  • Replace your contact lens case on a regular basis, usually every month.

Remember: Never use tap water to clean your contact lenses or lens case.

Refer to your contact lens solution instruction guide for further information about how long to soak your contact lenses or how often you should change the solution if you don’t wear them every day.