One of the issues that first-time contact lens wearers have is how to remove their soft contact lenses. This can be a daunting prospect for first-time wearers, and even long-time wearers of contact lenses sometimes find it difficult to do so.
Removing your contact lenses requires a lot of practice in order to get a quick and easy technique down. Don’t worry if you’re having a little trouble at first because that’s entirely normal.
Today, we’re helping you out with some tips that will make the process, as well as all your routines a little smoother.
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Estimated reading time: 6 minutes
Before You Remove Your Soft Contact Lenses
One of the most important things you should do is to always wash your hands first. This is in order to avoid dry eyes or eye infections caused by harmful bacteria. Remember to wipe your hands dry, which can give you a better grip, as well as to minimize the amount of water that gets on your lenses.
Read More: How To Wash Your Hands Properly
Another important tip that you should remember is starting with the same eye every time (or even put on). This reduces the chances of putting your contacts in the wrong eye.
It’s also good to keep your contact lens solution, eye drops, contact lens case and anything else you’ll need handy, so you won’t need to reach for them.
How To Remove Contact Lenses
Time needed: 1 minute.
Step by step to removing your contact lenses
- Lift your eyelids
Use the middle finger of your dominant hand to gently pull down your lower eyelid, then use your non-dominant middle finger to pull up your upper eyelid, while holding your eyelashes against your eyebrow.
- Pinch your contact lens off
Place the index finger and thumb of your dominant hand on either side of the contact lens, and then gently pinch your contact lens off.
- Slide the lens off your eye
Look up and gently slide the lens down onto the white of your eye, then off onto your finger.
- Rinse and repeat
Repeat the entire process for the other eye.
That’s it. You’ve safely removed your contacts with this simple process!
Other Methods of Removing Contact Lenses
Aside from that, there are some other ways that you can use. Different methods may work better for different people. These include:
i. The ceiling method
This technique is perfect for those with long nails, as you use the pads of your fingers to remove the lens.
ii. Slide to the side
This method works by moving the lens off the curvature of your eye and into the white, where it’s easier to pinch off.
iii. Contact lens handler
The contact lens handler is an innovative tool to help you pick up, insert and remove contact lenses. It is developed to give you a higher level of cleanliness and safety for all contact lens wearers.
Having trouble removing your contact lenses?
It might feel difficult to remove your contact lenses the first few times you try , but all it takes is a bit of practice and patience. These are some of the things you should consider if you are still having trouble:
- Make sure your eyes are well-lubricated. Dry eyes let the lens stick to your lens, and wetter eyes make it easier to lift up the lens from your eye.
- There might be some adjustment period needed when you’re starting or switching your contact lenses. Don’t rush it and calmly give yourself time to remove your lens.
- Slide the lens to the white of your eye, especially if you’re worried about discomfort. Pulling the lens toward your lower lid can also help lift it off the surface of your eye.
If you continue having trouble removing your contacts, talk to your eye doctor. They may recommend contact lens removal tools that can help make the process easier.
Remember, all contact lenses are ultimately delicate. Following the care instructions provided by your eye doctor and your contact lens and cleaning solution manufacturers is critical to protecting the health of your eyes and vision.