A Guide to Removing Contact Lenses

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A Guide to Removing Contact Lenses

 

Removing RGP Contact Lenses


There are two ways to remove RGP contact lenses:
 
Blink Method


1.     Sit at a table covered with a clean towel, and lean over until you are looking down at the surface.
2.     Place your index finger at the outer junction of your upper and lower lids. Stretch the skin outward and slightly upward while keeping your eye open wide (don't allow your lid to slide over your lens).
3.     Blink briskly. The lens will be pinched by the pressure of your eyelids and will pop out onto the clean towel. Or you may catch the lens in the palm of your hand.


Two-finger Method


1.     Sit at a table covered with a clean towel and lean over until you are looking down at the surface.
2.     Place the tip of the index finger of one hand on the middle of the edge of the upper lid and the index finger of the other hand on the middle of the edge of the lower lid.
3.     Press the lids inward and then together. The lens should be wedged out of your eye and will fall onto the towel or your hand.
4.     The lens may slide over onto the white part of your eye. If this occurs, re-center the lens before trying to remove your lens again.
Use the same technique or reverse the hands to remove the other lens.

 

 
Removing Soft Contact Lenses


1.     Look up and pull the lower lid down with your middle finger.
2.     Place your index finger on the lower edge of your lens, and slide the lens down to the white of your eye.
3.     Squeeze the lens lightly between your index finger and thumb and remove gently.
4.     Repeat for the other eye.

 

If the edges of your lens stick together, place a few drops of saline and rub gently until the edges separate.

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