Removing Contact Lenses
Removing contact lenses is easy once you get the hang of it. In the beginning you might be worried that a lens could get stuck. It can’t get lost behind the eye and if you keep calm and follow these instructions, you should be able to remove your lenses without any problems. After your contact lens fitting, we will always make sure you are confident in removing contact lenses yourself before you go home with them.
This is a quick start guide and a reminder of how to remove your contact lenses safely. Always remember to contact your eye care practitioner if you have any eye or contact lens problems.
How to remove your contact lenses
Handy tip: Whether it is right, or left, always take the same contact lens out first. This will help you get into a routine so you are never unsure whether you have removed a lens or not.
- Wash your hands using antibacterial soap and dry them thoroughly
- Look directly into the mirror and spot the lens – you should be able to see the edge around the coloured part of your eye
- Lift your upper eyelid using the index finger of the opposite hand
- Place your middle finger of the other hand below the lid and pull gently down
- Tilt your chin slightly downwards
- Keeping your gaze straight ahead. Use your index finger to press firmly on the lens and move it down to the white part of your eye
- Using your thumb and index finger, pinch the lens from the edges to remove it
- Simply throw away. Never reuse daily disposable contact lenses. If you are wearing reusable contact lenses, clean your lenses then store as per the instructions
You can get more information on contact lenses and if they would be a suitable for you by contacting us or booking an appointment to see Joseph our contact lens specialist.