How to Safely Remove Contact Lenses: A Step-by-Step Guide
Relax and Look Up
After washing and drying your hands thoroughly, the next step to safely remove your contact lenses is to relax and look up. This helps to position the lens in the center of your eye for easy removal. To do this, sit in front of a mirror and tilt your head slightly back. Look up towards the ceiling or the top of the mirror, and use your non-dominant hand to hold down your lower eyelid.
By looking up, you create a wider space between your eyelid and your eye, making it easier to reach the lens with your dominant hand. It’s important to remain calm and not blink while removing the lens to avoid damaging your eye or losing the lens. Remember to take your time and be gentle with your eyes. With practice, contact lens removal will become a quick and easy part of your daily routine.
Gently Pinch and Slide the Lens Out
After positioning the lens in the center of your eye by looking up, the next step in removing your contact lenses is to gently pinch and slide the lens out. With your dominant hand, use your index finger and thumb to gently squeeze the lens, then slide it down towards the white part of your eye (sclera).
Avoid applying too much pressure or pulling the lens out forcefully, as this can damage your eye or tear the lens. If you are having trouble removing the lens, try applying a few drops of contact lens solution or artificial tears to help lubricate your eye.
Once the lens is out, place it in a clean contact lens case filled with fresh solution to keep it moist and prevent it from drying out. Remember to never reuse solution or wear your lenses longer than recommended by your eye care provider to avoid potential eye infections or other complications.
Clean and Store Your Contact Lenses
After removing your contact lenses, it’s important to clean and store them properly to maintain their quality and prevent infections. First, rinse the lenses with fresh contact lens solution to remove any debris or bacteria. Then, fill the contact lens case with fresh solution and place the lenses inside. Make sure the lenses are fully submerged in the solution and avoid overfilling the case.
It’s recommended to use a new contact lens case every three months to prevent the buildup of bacteria and other contaminants. Avoid using tap water or homemade solutions to clean your lenses, as they can cause infections or damage to the lenses. Always follow the instructions of your eye care provider for proper lens cleaning and storage.
Remember to replace your contact lenses as recommended by your eye care provider, usually every 2 weeks or monthly, to maintain their quality and ensure clear vision.
Tips for Easy and Safe Contact Lens Removal
Removing contact lenses can be a daunting task, especially for new wearers. Here are some tips to make the process easier and safer:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling your lenses.
- Use a mirror and good lighting to help you see what you’re doing.
- Relax and look up to position the lens in the center of your eye for easy removal.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes or applying too much pressure while removing the lens.
- If you’re having trouble removing the lens, try applying a few drops of solution to help lubricate your eye.
- Always store your lenses in a clean case filled with fresh solution.
- Replace your contact lenses as recommended by your eye care provider.
- Avoid sleeping in your lenses to prevent eye infections.
- If you experience any discomfort, redness, or vision changes, contact your eye care provider immediately.
By following these tips, you can safely and easily remove your contact lenses, ensuring clear vision and healthy eyes.
Wash and Dry Your Hands Thoroughly
Before removing your contact lenses, it’s crucial to wash and dry your hands thoroughly to avoid introducing dirt or bacteria to your eyes. Use a mild, fragrance-free soap and warm water to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, then rinse and dry them with a clean towel.
Avoid using hand sanitizers, as they may contain ingredients that can damage your lenses or irritate your eyes. Make sure your hands are completely dry before handling your lenses, as even small amounts of moisture can cause your lenses to stick to your fingers or eye.
If you’re in a situation where you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizing wipes or a travel-sized bottle of solution to clean your hands before removing your lenses. Remember, clean hands are essential for safe and hygienic contact lens removal.