Insertion and Removal of Contact Lenses
Inserting and removing contact lenses is a relatively easy process. It requires physical contact between the fingers and the lens so it is very important that your hands are clean before beginning to avoid complications such as scratching the eye and infection. It is best not to wash with a liquid soap because they can leave a residue on your hands. Remove all traces of soaps, perfumes, hairsprays, dirt, etc from your hands. Be sure to use only your fingertip and not your nails to touch the contact to avoid scratching or tearing the lens. Keep your nails trimmed and clean.
INSERTING THE CONTACT LENS
Insertion is the same for soft and hard contacts. Follow the procedure as outlined below.
If the surface tension between the lens and the finger is too high, the lens may turn inside out or fold in half. In this case it may be necessary to irrigate the eye.
Contacts are generally removed at bedtime or when the lens needs to be cleaned. They are also removed during an eye exam or if there is injury or irritation to the eye.
REMOVING THE CONTACT LENS
WHAT ABOUT AN EMERGENCY?
An emergency situation arises when the person is unconscious or barely conscious, there is trauma to the eye, or the person simply cannot remove the contact themselves for any reason. In the case of an emergency there are different procedures for removing hard and soft contacts.
EMERGENCY REMOVAL OF SOFT CONTACT LENSES
Similar to the individual removing their own contact, a clinician will pull the lower lid down, slide the contact on to the sclera, pinch the contact between the finger and thumb and remove the lens.
EMERGENCY REMOVAL OF HARD CONTACT LENSES
There are three possible procedures here.
Occasionally the eye can be scratched during the removal of a contact lens, but the cornea responds well to treatment. Insertion and removal of contact lenses can be done safely and with relative ease, with few possible complications. Well worth the learning to rid yourself of those glasses.