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Techniques for Insertion and Removal of Soft Contacts Lenses

There are various techniques for insertion and removal of soft hydogel contact lenses. You doctor and/or his associate will go through a method that’sbest for you. You should always follow your doctor’s recommended method of taking out and putting in your contacts. Below is a popular technique that is commonly used for insertion and removal of contact lenses.

 

 

Contact Lens Insertion

1. Wash your hands with soap and water.

2. Make sure you have a clean surface/sink with the drain plug closed.

3. A table mirror maybe helpful in the beginning to help you orient the insertion and removal process.

2. Take one contact lens out of the sealed package or from you contact lens case.

3. Visually exam your contact lens for tears, rips, or notches.

4. Make sure you contact lens is right side out (bowl vs Helmet, or “taco test”.) If your contact lens is inside out it will not feel right when you put it in.

5. Place the contact lens on your dry index finger of you dominant hand. Always dry your index finger because the contact lens will stick to wet surfaces.

6. Place a drop of multipurpose solution into the center of the contact. This will help the contact attract to your moist eye.

7.Use your middle finger of the hand holding the contact lens to pull your lower lid down.

8.Use the middle finger of the other hand to pull the top eyelid up.

9. Look straight ahead and place the contact straight on the front of the eye. Close your eye and move your eyes around to make sure the contact is centered.

10. Alternative method- Instead of looking straight ahead, look up and place the contact lens on the white part of the eye. Gently close your eye and move your eyes in all directions to center the contact lens.

Contact Lens Removal

1. Wash your hands with soap and water.

2. Make sure you have a clean surface/sink with the drain plug closed.

3. Ready your clean contact lens case if necessary.

4.Hold the top eyelid with the middle finger of your non-dominant hand.

5.Hold the bottom eyelid with the middle finger of your dominant hand.

6.Place your index finger of your dominate hand directly on the center of the eye/contact and gently slide the contact onto the with part of the eye (sclera).

7. Either pull the contact down and look up then gently pinch off the contact with your thumb and index finger.

8. Or pull the contact to the outside and look in the opposite direction then gently pinch off the contact with your thumb and index finger.

9. Patient should not pinch off contact if it is centered on the eye (on the cornea.) This can cause an abrasion.

10. Now use your doctor recommended cleaning and storing method.

 

 

Remember, always use your doctors recommend method for insertion/removal of contacts. The above methods should not replace your doctor’s medical advice.


Here is a video the demonstrates the general technique of insertion and removal of contact lenses. This video is sponsored by Opti Free Express. There are many different brands of multipurpose solutionssome of the popular brands include:Complete, Renu, and Aquify. Vision OneSource does not support any one brand.


 

 

 


 

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