Contact Lens Basics

Removing Contact Lenses Requires You To Follow Some Tips And Precautions

One important thing in the saga of contact lens is that you require to remove your contact lens correctly to minimize the chances of damaging your contact lenses or your eyes. You should better take your own time. Do not do anything related to your contact lenses in a hurry. Before you begin to take out your contact lenses, be it colored contact lenses, disposable contact lenses, cosmetic contact lenses or hard contact lense, you need to make sure that your hands are clean and dry to not suffer from contact lenses dry eyes. Also, it is important that you have the contact lens case ready and all your appropriate contact lens cleaning solutions handy. Always use a good quality contact lens cleaner.

It can seem difficult at first but just like putting contact lenses in, you will quickly get used to removing it. Contact lenses will come out more easily over time and you will find the method best suited to yourself. Soft lenses are made of flexible plastics great for an active lifestyle, but they require a constant cleaning or replacement. Removing your contact lens would be much easier if you follow the directions below.

First of all, it is important to follow the directions that come with your lenses. Consult with your opthalomogist about caring for contact lenses. Be exact in following the directions that come with each lens-care product.

Secondly, it is important that you wash and rinse your hands before handling lenses. Use two or three drops of your saline solution or your lubricating/rewetting drops in each eye 10 minutes before removing a soft contact lens. This will rehydrate the lens so that it's not dry when you remove it.

Thirdly, look up, touch the lens, and let it slide down and over to the outside corner of the eye. The lens will bunch up, so it's easy to fold out with your fingertips and grab out of your eye. Take out the right lens first, then left, always.

Fourthly, to remove a lens that you cannot get out with your fingertips, miniature suction cups are available at most pharmacies. These are recommended mostly with hard contact lenses, although the cups could be useful with soft lenses too.

You should not worry about a contact lens being lost in your eye; it can't happen. If it slides under your eyelid or becomes displaced, try looking in the opposite direction of where the lens is and nudge it with your finger on your lid, towards the pupil of your eye. Gas-permeable contact lenses are much simpler to insert than soft contact lenses, but for some, they are more difficult to remove. Because they don't fold, you can't really grab them with your fingertips. Clean, rinse and disinfect reusable lenses each time you remove them, even if this is to be done several times a day. After removal, you should put the lenses in a fresh solution. You should better replace the lens case every six months. It is always better that you buy prescription contact lenses.