Contact Lens Removal using the Pinch Method

Every contact lens user knows how important contact lens removal is. This procedure is as equally as important as contact lens application. There are several contact lens removal techniques one can choose from and among them is the Pinch method. Sounds complicated? Not at all, the pinch method of removing contact lenses is very simple, even a first time user can do this technique with perfect accuracy, so much more if you’re already a long time user. Listed below are the few and easy steps to remove your contact lens using the pinch method.

1) The first and most important thing to consider when removing contact lenses is sanitation. Wash both hands thoroughly with mild soap and water. Make sure to remove any oil based hand cosmetics such as lotions, creams and moisturizers. Pat both hands dry using a clean and lint-free hand towel.

2) Ideally, the most suitable place to be in during contact lens removal is a well-lit and well-ventilated room. It is also advisable to be behind a mirror as well as a flat table or counter top. Having a flat surface in front of you prevents the contact lens from getting lost and falling directly on the floor.

3) With the pinch method, the two most important fingers are the thumb and index finger. Using your index finger, pull down your lower eyelid, if you’re doing the right eye, use your left hand. Once pulled, look up or sideways. Using the index finger of your free hand, gently move the contact lens to the white portion of the eye.

4) Carefully pinch the lens using the thumb and index finger of your free hand. Gently lift the lens away from the eye and place it on the contact lens case. Always remember to have short and clean finger nails with dull edges. Sharp ones can scratch or even tear the delicate lens.