Purpose. The clinical importance of the edge lift of rigid contact lenses is often neglected, possibly due to previous difficulties in its measurement. A new method of measuring axial edge lift (AEL) and radial edge lift (REL) using standard contact lens verification equipment, such as an optical spherometer, a thickness gauge, and contact lens V gauge, is described. Methods. The technique was validated for trueness (accuracy) and precision (repeatability) by measuring the edge lift of a number of monocurve lenses, manufactured both with and without a normal edge finish. Results. Edge lift was measured to an accuracy of 0.01 mm. Conclusions. As long as a mean of eight independent measurements of back optic zone radius (BOZR), sagitta, and one measurement of center thickness are taken, the pillar and collar technique is capable of producing accurate and repeatable measurements of the edge lift of a rigid contact lens.