If you wear contact lenses, one question that you might have is what is the correct way to remove my contact lenses? This question comes up no matter if you have been wearing contact lenses for years or if you are a new to wearing contact lenses. The art of removing contacts lenses can be a bit tricky and may cause some pain if you are not careful. There are a few simple steps that you must follow to remove your contacts safely and painlessly every time.
First thing that you must do is to wash your hands thoroughly with a mild soap and dry them completely.
Then you want to make sure that you have filled your lens case half way with contact lens solution. You do this so that you can place the lens right in the storage case immediately after removing it from your eye.
Now, here comes the fun part. With your index finger on your left hand, gently pull up on your upper eyelid. Make sure that you do not pull the lens up with your eyelid. With the middle finger of your right hand, gently pull down your lower eyelid. Then take the index finger of your right hand and slide the contact lens downward. As you pull the contact lens on to the white of your eye, you should then be able to use your thumb and index finger to pull the contact lens away from your eye. Be sure that you do not pull the lens away from the eye to quickly or roughly, because this may cause the lens to tear. Another technique that can be used, is after you slide the contact lens onto the white of your eye, slide it towards your nose. This will cause the lens to gather and make it easier for you to grab it.
Once you have the lens out of your eye, place it in the palm of your hand and thoroughly rinse any debris from it. You can do this buy gently rub the contact lens with your finger from middle to outside edge. Do this on both sides of the contact lens. Re-rinse the lens and place it in the storage container.
Repeat this process for the other contact lens. To avoid confusion and mixing up your lenses, always start with your right eye.
This will take some getting used to doing, but over time it should become as easy to take them out, as it is to put them in. be sure to use a little extra care when removing your contact lenses if you have long finger nails. The contact lenses are very gentle and long nails can easily rip or tear them, or even place a very small slit in the lens that will ruin them.
If you follow these instructions, you should not encounter any problems, and be able to remove your contact lenses safely and painless.
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