Do you know how to properly use contact lenses? It turns out that roughly 41 million Americans who wear contact lenses are doing it wrong. Redness or painful eyes may occur as a result.
We don’t want this to be you. Learning proper etiquette like inserting, removing, and storing contact lenses are all things you’ll want to master.
It may seem daunting or scary at first, especially if you’re switching from glasses, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ll teach you everything you need to know on how to remove contact lenses safely in our guide below.
How to Remove Contact Lenses
There are two prescribed contact lenses according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology—soft and hard.
Soft contact lenses are more comfortable than harder lenses. You will find daily, extended-wear, toric, colored, and cosmetic contact lenses on the market.
Hard contact lenses are prescribed for extended wear. They are a lot more rigid than softer lenses.
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Start with washing your hands first and drying them with a freshly clean hand towel or clean paper towel. You want to prevent any debris or bacteria from getting in your eyes.
To prevent you from losing contact lenses, place a clean hand towel under your face while at the sink.
Using your non-dominant hand, hold the lower and upper eyelid open. With your index finger and thumb (dominant hand), pinch the contact lens gently. You don’t want to pinch your eye.
Now let’s go over how to remove contact lenses that are hard and rigid.
Again, start with washing your hands with soap and water. We discourage you from using heavily scented soaps, lotions, or other substances.
Dry them off and place a towel underneath. You’ll need to catch hard contact lenses as they fall as opposed to pinching soft contact lenses.
Removing contact lenses that are hard may take some practice. To do so, take an index finger of each hand while pinching the top and bottom eyelids together.
Act as if you’re closing your eyes and the hard lens should pop out.
Removing Contact Lenses That Are Stuck
What if you need to remove contact lenses that are stuck? If you’re like most people, this has happened to you. While it may cause discomfort or pain, do not panic, we are here to help.
One method is to blink while looking around from top to bottom. The lens will have a greater chance to grab hold of your eye again.
Another thing you can do is to close your eyes and push the contact lens back into place gently.
Eye, Eye, Captain!
Now that you’ve learned how to remove contact lenses the right way, it’s up to you to keep your good habits up. The next time you have an eye exam, you want a good report, don’t you?
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