How to put in contact lenses

Easy instructions on how to put contacts in

If you’re new to contact lenses, putting them in can seem a bit daunting at first. Not to worry, our simple guide will help you quickly and easily apply your contact lenses.

  • Step 1

    Step 1: Wash and dry your hands, then gently lift the contact lens from the packet

    With clean, dry hands, gently lift the contact lens out of the packet onto your fingertip and make sure it’s the right way round.

  • Step 2

    Step 2: Hold up your upper eyelid, pull down your lower lid and place the lens over your iris

    With the first two fingers of your dominant hand, hold your upper eyelid firmly against your brow. Use the middle finger of your other hand to pull down your lower lid, and the first finger to gently place the lens over your iris.

  • Step 3

    Step 3: Settle the lens in place by looking up and down, then squeeze your eyes closed

    Once the lens is in place, look left, right, up and down to allow it to settle into place, then slowly release your eyelid and squeeze your eyes closed.

  • Step 4

    Step 4: Repeat these steps for the other eye and your contact lenses are in place

    Repeat these steps for the other eye, that’s all there is to it!


Wash and dry your hands before touching your contact lenses. Start with the same eye every time, as this will stop you from mixing up the lenses.

If you’re suffering from dry eyes, eye drops are a fast and effective way to treat the condition and enjoy soothing relief. There are lots of brands and types of eye drops available, from the bestselling Blink Contacts and Everclear eye drops available at Vision Direct, to prescription-only drops that are used to treat specific conditions. When choosing eye drops, ensure that they are suitable for you, especially if you wear contact lenses, and always read the instructions before using them.

Checking your lenses

Open the packet and gently lift the lens out, onto your fingertip. Is the contact lens the right way round? If the edges are flared and the lens is saucer-shaped, it’s inside out. Gently flip the lens over on your finger to correct it; you should see that it’s cup-shaped, with smooth edges. Never wear a split lens, even if you’re down to your last pair.

Cleaning your contacts

If you get dirt or makeup on a contact lens while preparing to put it in, clean it in a little multipurpose solution, to avoid irritation and discomfort.

Settling the lens in place

Once the contact lens is sitting on your iris, look left, right, up and down, then slowly release your eyelid and squeeze your eyes closed. Your contact lens should settle comfortably into place.

Repeat for the other eye

Now your contact lens is in place, repeat these steps for the other eye. See, that wasn’t so hard, was it?

Need more help or advice?

For personalised advice on anything to do with contact lenses, eye care or eye drops, call our friendly customer support team on 01 513 4141 or email They’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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