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Wearing Contact Lenses

Coloured contact lenses are easy to use and take care of. If you have never worn contact lenses before it might seem daunting, but with a few simple pointers and a bit of practice you’ll be able to wear any of our lenses with ease. When you wear contact lenses the most important thing is safety – your eyes are precious!

Our contact lenses are safe to wear but please make sure you follow the manufacturers instructions and read this page to make sure you are using them correctly. To wear contact lenses you will need contact lens solution and a contact lens case for each pair of lenses. Without these items it will be very difficult to use and store your lenses safely. Below you can find information on everything from how to insert contact lenses to safety and contact lens storage.

How To Wear Contact Lenses

Using contact lenses for the first time may seem daunting, but with a little practice they are actually very easy to wear. This page will show you a safe, easy method for inserting and removing your contact lenses. You will need contact lens solution, a contact lens case, paper towels and a mirror. Only use contact lens solution to clean your lenses – using water will damage the lenses.

What To Do When You Receive Your Lenses

Fashion contact lenses are packaged in either a blister pack or sealed glass vials. This keeps the lens sterile but can make it difficult to insert your lenses for the first time. We advise that you do the following before you insert your lenses.

  1. Open the lens vial / blister pack.
  2. If your lenses are in a glass vial, pour away half of the fluid.
  3. Tip the lens and remaining liquid into a clean contact lens case.
  4. Either insert lenses or close the contact lens case.

Inserting Contact Lenses

Inserting contact lenses is simple but can take a little practice – don’t worry if you have to try a few times! It is common to drop a contact lens the first time you put them in, so do this over a clean surface such as a bathroom sink with a mirror.

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Contact lens packaging can be fiddly so we recommend placing your lenses in a case before insertion. Always insert your lenses before putting on make up. These instructions are for putting a contact lens into your right eye – for your left eye simply use the opposite hand. Contact lenses should not be worn for more than 8 hours at a time.

  1. Stand or sit in front of a mirror with paper towels in case your eyes water.
  2. Pick up your lens using clean fingers and place on your index finger. To prevent ripping the lenses while handling, we recommend using soft tipped contact lens tweezers as shown in the video below.The lens should sit right on the tip of your finger with the printed side (the brightest side) downwards. The lens should sit in a smooth curved shape. The edges of the contact lens should be smooth, not bent or sharp-looking. If the contact lens is curled up or dry-looking, rinse it with a drop of contact lens solution – never use water on your lenses.
    1. Use your right middle finger to pull down your lower eyelid and your left hand to pull up your upper eyelid.
    2. Look either straight up or straight ahead.
    3. Gently place the lens in the middle your eye, look straight ahead and remove your finger. The lens should stay on your eye.
    4. Keeping your eye open, look to the left and right before blinking. This makes sure the lens is in the centre of your eye.
    5. Look in the mirror to check that the lens is in the right place. It should be over your iris and stay in place when you move your eye. Perfect.

    Removing Contact Lenses

    1. Use one or both hands to hold your eye open.
    2. Place your index finger on the lens and gently move it to the outer corner of your eye.
    3. Pinch the lens gently between your finger and thumb.
    4. Lift out of your eye.
    5. If you plan to keep your contact lenses, place in a clean contact lens case with plenty of fresh contact lens solution.

    Are Contact Lenses Safe?

    Fashion contact lenses are safe to wear as long as you use and store them correctly. Our contact lenses are produced to exacting standards by manufacturers that we trust. They are very high quality and if used correctly will not damage your eyes in any way. Please read over these pages and the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure that you are doing so. Using contact lenses incorrectly can cause irritation so make sure you are completely clear and happy with how to use your lenses before you actually do so.

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    Consult An Optician Before Wearing Lenses If:

    • You have a previous eye- related condition
    • You have severe visual impairment
    • You have previously experienced problems when with contact lenses

    Do Not Use Contact Lenses If :

    • You are suffering from eye-irritation e.g. due to illness or contamination
    • You cannot use them according to the safety instructions on this site
    • You do not have contact lens solution to rinse them with
    • The lenses have expired
    • The lenses are torn / damaged

    Remove Your Contact Lenses Immediately If:

    • You experience any pain when wearing lenses
    • Your vision is seriously impaired when wearing lenses
    • Your eye becomes very red when you insert a lens

    Contact Lens Care

    It is important to care for your contact lenses correctly – this will keep your lenses soft, safe to use and looking better for longer. If you do not look after your lenses correctly you may experience eye irritation, so always take the time to clean and store your contact lenses correctly.

    How To Clean Contact Lenses

    Keeping your lenses clean is very important because any dirt on the lens is going to be transferred into your eye. This can cause irritation or eye infections. To clean your contact lenses, rinse them in contact lens solution.

    Simply take a clean contact lens case, fill it with solution and place your lenses inside. Close the case and shake it gently to dislodge any residue. Do not wipe or rub your lenses as this can tear them. Your lenses should look clean but we advise cleaning them before and after you wear them, even if they do look clean. Never wash your lenses in anything other than contact lens solution – using water will damage your lenses.

    How To Store Contact Lenses

    We recommend storing your contact lenses in a purpose built storage container.

    What To Do When You Receive Your Lenses

    Fashion contact lenses are packaged in either a blister pack or sealed glass vials. This keeps the lens sterile but can make it difficult to insert your lenses for the first time. We advise that you do the following before you insert your lenses.

    1. Open the lens vial / blister pack.
    2. If your lenses are in a glass vial, pour away half of the fluid.
    3. Tip the lens and remaining liquid into a clean contact lens case.
    4. Either insert lenses or close the contact lens case.

    What to Do When You Have Removed Your Lenses

    1. Fill a clean contact lens case with contact lens solution.
    2. Place your lens in the case and check for tearing or damage.
    3. If the lens is damaged throw it away, if not shut the case tightly.
    4. Store your contact lens case at room temperature, away from heat sources.

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