Taking contact lenses off your eyes is as delicate as putting them in. What if the lens breaks? What if germs will penetrate your eyes? That’s why you should know all of the necessary precautions to prevent any harm in your eyes or damage on your contacts, especially if you’re using the bi-weekly or monthly ones.
How do you remove contact lenses easily?
People say that repetition leads to perfection. Taking your contact lenses off will be easy, quick, and safe once you learn the right process by practising for at least a couple of times.
Here are the steps you should follow from preparation to the removal process itself:
- Wash your hands thoroughly. Wash your hands with soap and water to get rid of the possible pathogens present on your hands. Rinse and dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel.
- Pour moisturizing drops on both eyes. Eye drops will help moisten your eyes as well as lubricate your contact lenses to help you remove them easier.
- Use a mirror, at least for starters. Mirrors and sufficient lighting will aid you in removing your contacts until you get accustomed to it.
- Remove each contact while remembering which side they’re on (left or right eye) every single time you take your lenses off. This is necessary to avoid mixing up your contact lenses by accident. Contact lenses aren’t identical and interchangeable.
- Gently pull down your lower eyelids as you pull up your upper eyelids. Use the index finger of your non-writing hand to lift the top eyelid. Meanwhile, the middle finger of your writing hand should keep the lower eyelid separated from your eyeball by pulling it downward.
- Use the dominant hand’s thumb and forefinger to pinch the contact lens. While keeping your eye open, use the index finger and thumb of your writing hand to hold the lens.
- Take off the contact lenses. Gently pinch the lens using the pads of your fingertips or the bottom part of your fingernails. Pull your hand away to completely remove the lens from your eyes. Avoid squeezing it too much for it may fold or crease.
- Put the removed lenses on your non-dominant palm. This is the most convenient way to avoid dropping your contacts before you can even clean and store them.
How do you clean and store contact lenses?
Before you take note of the following steps, remember that Steps 1 and 2 should be done before the removal of contact lenses.
- Clean the contact lens case first. Wash your lens case using a saline solution. Turn the case upside down and let it air-dry. The best time to wash it is right after you place the contacts on your eyes to allow it to air-dry for hours.
- Pour a new contact solution into the lens case. Do this right before you remove your contacts, specifically before you wash your hands. Fill the container with a contact solution (not a saline solution) halfway. Never reuse an old solution.
- Cleaning the contact lens. This step should be done right after you remove both lenses. While the lenses are on your non-dominant hand’s palm, pour enough saline solution on them. Apply gentle pressure using the tip of your index finger to rub each lens starting from the middle to the outer sections. Do the same thing on the opposite side of each lens.
- Put the contact lenses in the container. Place each lens in the correct slot (left side for your left eye, right side for your right eye). The amount of the solution should be enough to submerge the contacts completely.
- Leave your lenses in the container filled with contact solution. Let the lenses rest in the contact solution for at least six hours or the indicated duration to ensure complete disinfection. This process also reduces the chances of eye strain from wearing contact lenses too long.
Can I sleep in my contacts?
What if you never remove your lenses? Wearing contacts while sleeping is risky. Despite the fact that some contact lenses are made for extended use, they still come with risks pertaining to eye infection or, worse, permanent loss of vision.
Using contact lenses during the day may result in airborne pollutants, allergens, or microbes penetrating your eyes as you sleep unless you religiously clean your eyes with drops. Closing your eyelids for an extended period of time leads to a perfect breeding ground for bacterial and viral growth.
Possible complications of sleeping in contacts are as follows:
- Corneal neovascularization: The cornea is deprived of oxygen during the day, so the blood vessels in the cornea replenish the much-needed oxygen during the night when the lenses are off. Sleeping in contacts blocks the flow, resulting in the excessive growth of more blood vessels to make up for the lack of oxygen supply in your cornea. This leads to impaired vision and inflammation, which may force you to never wear contacts again.
- Contact lens acute red eye (CLARE): This is one of the least dangerous consequences but extremely unpleasant visually. It’s typically caused by viruses.
- Corneal ulcer: An infection caused by viruses, amoebae, and fungi, some of the symptoms of corneal ulcer are red eyes, blurred vision, excessive tears, eye discharge, light sensitivity, and swollen eyelids. Eye ulcers can be severe, so immediately visit a specialist for treatment to avoid permanent vision loss.
- Conjunctivitis: This is the most usual but the least dangerous complication of extended contact lens usage. It simply makes the eyes itchy and discoloured. For treatment, it needs antibiotic drops as well as a thorough rest from using contacts.
Removing contact lenses is easy as 1-2-3, but it requires 100% focus and control. You need to pay attention to the transparent lenses, the pressure from your fingertips, and the way your fingers move. You should remain gentle and precise for the entire process.
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