When you are new to wearing contact lenses, removing them can be very intimidating. It can even be somewhat difficult for those who have been wearing them for a long time but are trying something new.
So, how can you get through this new challenge?
Rest easy! You will have it down in no time with a little practice. And if you have a bit of trouble at first, that is completely normal.
The following tips will help the process of removing your lenses go smoothly, and help you approach your bedtime routine with ease.
Before you get started
It is very important that you always wash your hands with soap and water before you remove your contact lenses. After you wash, make sure to dry your hands well to limit the amount of water that comes in contact with your contacts.
Get in the habit of starting with the same eye first (this also goes for inserting your contacts). Since your contacts are made uniquely for each of your eyes, they can’t be switched. This will keep you from getting them mixed up.
Step-by-step instructions for removing your contact lenses
- Stand in front of a mirror in a well-lit room, especially when you are first learning to remove your contacts.
- Look toward the ceiling.
- Using your dominant hand, raise your upper eyelid with your index finger.
- With the same hand, pull down on your lower eyelid with your middle finger.
- Gently squeeze the contact lens to pull it down and away from your eye with your index finger and thumb. Try to avoid folding or pinching too hard.
- Carefully put the contact lens into the palm of your hand.
And that’s all there is to it! If you not using daily disposable lenses, be sure to continue in the steps below for cleaning.
Cleaning your lenses
If you do not handle and clean your lenses properly, you risk getting an eye infection or inflammation. One of the best things you can do for your eyes is to make your daily cleaning routine a habit.
Do these steps for quick and easy cleaning of your lenses:
- Continuing from the previous removal steps, squeeze some fresh cleaner onto the lens in the palm of your hand.
- With the pads of your fingers, rub the lens gently for 30 seconds.
- Turn the lens over and repeat.
- Place the lens in its case and cover it with more fresh solution. Place the cap on your case and you are finished.
If you are having trouble, consider these tips to help you remove your lenses:
- If your eyes are dry, the lenses may be harder to remove. Wet your eyes with drops or lubricants to ease the lifting process.
- Do not try to rush. It can take a little time to adjust to your new routine, so stay calm and give yourself plenty of time.
- If you are worried about discomfort, slide the contact to the white of your eye before removal.
- You may find it easier to pull the lens to your lower lid when removing it.
- Sometimes the edges of the contacts will stick together. If this happens, use a cleaning solution to gently rub the lens until the edges separate.
- If you find you are not getting the hang of it after some time, as your doctor for help. There are some tools designed to help remove contact lenses that your doctor may recommend—soft tweezers or a suction cup specially designed to help remove contacts.
Remember: Contact lenses are fragile medical devices that need to be taken care of. Be sure to follow all manufacturer instructions as well as your doctor’s advice about the care and maintenance of your lenses. This is important, not only for the contact lenses but also for your eye health. Always consult your doctor before you begin wearing or switch contact lenses.
This article is not intended to take the place of your doctor’s advice and should not be taken as medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about any questions you may have.