All contact lens wearers know that the key to proper contact lens use is correct application and removal. These 2 go hand in hand. There are many techniques one can follow in order to apply or remove contact lenses effectively. Knowing how to remove contact lenses is very important. Other that it, being a foreign object, contact lenses can cause discomfort and undesirable complications when worn for long periods. The eyes need to breathe, to prevent mineral deposits, tear build up and dryness. One very common method in removing contact lenses is the finger and thumb technique. This method is applicable to soft contact lenses and rigid contact lenses. Listed below are the simple steps on how the finger and thumb technique works.
1) Prior to contact lens removal, make sure to wash and clean both hands with hypoallergenic soap and water. Pat both hands dry. Do not apply anything on your hands, most especially lotions, creams, hand moisturizers and oils. Residue and other components from these products might get into the lenses.
2) The best place to stay when removing contact lenses is a well-lit and well-ventilated room preferable with a mirror and table or counter top. If standing behind the sink, do not forget to cover the drain with a paper towel. In case the lens is dropped, it won’t get into the pipes.
3) Bend forward and form a cup using your palm and fingers. If you’re doing the right eye use your left hand; vice-versa. The cupped hand will catch the lens if it falls off.
4) Open your eyes wide and using the index finger of your un-capped hand, pull down the lower eyelid. This will loosen the lens and release it from the eye.
5) Once the contact lens in loose, blink slowly. Blinking releases the contact lens, dropping it to the cupped hand. Do the same procedure with the other eye.