Although contact lenses have been around for more than a century and offer a safe, effective, stable, and reversible alternative to refractive surgery the actual task of removing them can be difficult, especially if you’ve only just started wearing them. With this in mind, we have put together ten simple steps to make removing your contact lenses a quick and painless experience.
Step 1: Wash your hands – Just as you would have done when you put your contact lenses in your eyes in the first place it is important that your hands have been washed and cleaned thoroughly. This will ensure that there is no opportunity for your eyes to become infected.
Step 2: Find a good mirror – A good mirror will help you to see what you are looking at more clearly, thus preventing any accidents happening.
Step 3: Check to see if your lenses are still in your eyes – If for some reason you are not sure whether or not your lenses are still in your eyes then cover your other eye and check your vision. If you can see clearly then the lens is there. If you are nearsighted, look far away to test if the lens is still on, if you are farsighted, look up close.
Step 4: Fill your case with solution – In order to clean and disinfect your contact lenses they will need to be put into some form of solution. Cleaning solution can be purchased in single bottles, 3-packs, or as part of a lens care kit. Simply fill your case about halfway with solution before you take your contacts out.
Step 5: Hang your head low and look upwards into the mirror – Doing this will help to expose some white of the eye below the lens.
Step 6: Removing the contact lens – First use the middle finger of your dominant hand to pull your lower eyelid down, and then use the index finger of your opposite hand to pull up your upper eyelid. Next, slide the lens to the white of the eye, remembering not to let go of the lens. With your finger and thumb, gently pick the lens up off the white of your eye.
Step 7: Place the contact lens in the solution – Place the lens in the cleaning solution and gently rub both sides (from the middle to the outer edge) with one of your fingers.
Step 8: Rinse the contact again with solution and place it in its proper (left or right) case.
Step 9: Repeat with the other lens.
Step 10: Leave your contacts in the case for at least a couple of hours and rest your eyes.
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