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Wearing and Caring for Contact Lenses

We'll help you with the basics of contact lens wear and care to help keep your eyes safe and comfortable. Inserting and removing contact lenses, caring for lenses, and the importance of following a replacement schedule are discussed below.

Inserting and Removing Contact Lenses

How to put them in:

  • First, wash your hands, and when you’re done, make sure they’re clean and dry.
  • Using the hand you write with, hold the lens on the tip of your pointer finger.
  • With your middle finger on the same hand, pull your lower eyelid down. At the same time, use your pointer finger on your other hand to pull your top lid up.
  • Look up.
  • Gently place the lens on the lower white part of your eye.
  • Remove your pointer finger, and let go of your eyelid.
  • Close your eyes for a second. The lens will center on your eye.
  • Repeat these steps for the other lens.

How to take them out:

  • First, wash your hands, and when you’re done, make sure they’re clean and dry.
  • Look up and pull your lower eyelid down with the middle finger of the hand you write with.
  • Put your index finger on the lower part of the lens.
  • Slide the lens down into the white part of your eye.
  • Squeeze the lens gently between your pointer finger and thumb and carefully remove it.
  • Repeat these steps for the other lens.

How to Care for Your Contact Lenses

Daily disposable contact lenses are designed to be worn once and then thrown away, you don’t have to worry about the hassle of cleaning or storing the lenses. It is also easy to care for lenses that you use for more than a day. Just be sure to follow the routine your eye care professional recommends. Biotrue solution conditions, cleans, removes protein, disinfects, rinses and stores soft contact lenses including silicone hydrogel contact lenses.

This daily regimen is recommended by Bausch + Lomb for a healthy and comfortable contact lens wearing experience:

  • STEP 1: Place at least 3 drops of Biotrue multi-purpose solution on each side of lens surface and gently rub for 20 seconds.
  • STEP 2: Thoroughly rinse each side of the lens for 5 seconds with Biotrue multi-purpose solution.
  • STEP 3: Place cleaned contact lenses in the lens case and fill with fresh Biotrue multi-purpose solution. Soak at least 4 hours. Remember to always use fresh solution – discard solution from lens case after each use.

Your contact lenses are now ready to wear. If any debris remains on contact lenses, rinse with Biotrue multi-purpose solution prior to insertion.

Store: If not wearing contact lenses immediately, store them in a closed lens case. Do not store your lenses in simple saline in place of Biotrue multi-purpose solution. Saline solution will not disinfect. Lenses may be stored in the unopened case until ready to wear, up to a maximum of 30 days. If you store your lenses for longer periods of time, they must be cleaned and disinfected with fresh Biotrue multi-purpose solution prior to lens insertion.

  • Never reuse solution.
  • Replace your lens case every month.

Your Replacement Schedule

Replacement Calendar

Lenses are designed for specific wearing times.  Depending on what’s best for your eyes, your eye care professional may recommend a lens designed for daily replacement, a lens designed for two weeks of daily wear, or a lens designed for one month of daily wear.  

Regardless, it’s really important to follow the replacement schedule your eye doctor gave you – it tells you when you need new lenses. Following it will keep your eyes safe and comfortable – so make sure you stick to it.

It can take anywhere from one day to a couple of weeks, depending on the person.
Make sure you put your lenses in after you use your hairspray. Aerosols and pump sprays are sticky and can really mess up your lenses.
Put in your lenses before you start applying your make-up, to avoid contaminating your lenses with residue from your foundation or powder on your fingers. Plus, it’s much easier to apply your make-up when you can see clearly!
Lotions, powders and gels with bits of glitter look fabulous when you put them on—but the tiny, shiny specks can get into your eyes and cause irritation and problems with your contact lenses. When you’ve applied your glittery gel, be careful not to touch your eyes—and wash the glitter off your hands right away.
You should take out your contact lenses whenever you swim or shower. If you don’t, you could get an eye infection.
It’s very important to stick to the schedule your doctor gave you. Whatever your doctor said, that’s how long you should wear and replace them.
Never use anything other than contact lens solution to clean your lens.
You should never re-use your contact lens solution. You should throw it out, rinse out your case with fresh solution, and let it air dry.