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Inertion and Removal of Contact Lenses

Hygiene

Always wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly before touching the lenses. This will remove the dirt or oil on your hands. Make sure you use antibacterial soap that is in a pump-action dispenser.

 

Removing Lenses From Packaging

Carefully remove the lens from the packet. Use fingertips to handle the lenses, never use fingernails.

 

Which Way Round?

This is an easy test to make sure that your lenses are the right way round and not inside out.

Placing the lens in the fold of your hand as shown, the lens should roll together like a taco shell- this is the correct way round.

If the lens is inside out the edges will curl or roll apart.

 

Contact Lens Insertion

The set up before inserting a lens is very important. Make sure that you are sitting comfortably over a desk, so that should the lens drop it lands on the table and not on the floor.

Place a mirror on the desk so that you can see your eyes in the mirror.

1. Hold the lens on the fingertip of your forefinger.

2. Make sure that the lens is the right way round and inspect for imperfections.

3. Use the forefinger of your other hand to lift the upper lid as close to the eye lashes as possible.

4. With the middle finger on the same hand that is holding the lens, hold down the lower lid.

5. Position the lens centrally and very near to the eye.

6. Then look towards your nose with that eye and place the lens on the white of the eye.

7. Then look down and slowly let go of the top lid followed by the lower lid.

8. Blink a few times and the lens should be central.

 

Contact Lens Removal

1. Look up. If you are removing the lens from your right eye then use the forefinger of the left hand to hold down the lower lid.

2. Using the forefinger of your right hand, slide the lens from the centre to the lower part of your eye.

3.  Gently pinch the lens between your thumb and forefinger and remove.

 

Contact Lens Solution

Your contact lens practitioner will have decided which solution is compatible with your lenses and is most suitable for you. DO NOT change solutions without consulting the contact lens practitioner.

 

Many supermarkets sell contact lens solution but they do not understand the contents of the solution. Thus the wrong combination of lenses and solution can have serious consequences.

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