Always remove the same lens first.
1. Wash, rinse and dry your hands thoroughly.
CAUTION: Always be sure the lens is on the cornea before attempting to remove it. Determine this by covering the other eye. If vision is blurred, the lens is either on the white part of the eye or it is not on the eye at all. To locate the lens, inspect the upper area of the eye by looking down into a mirror while pulling the upper lid up. Then, inspect the lower area by pulling the lower lid down.
2. There are two recommended methods of lens removal: the Pinch Method and the Forefinger and Thumb Method. You should follow the method that was recommended by your eye care practitioner.
a. Pinch Method:
- Look up; slide the lens to the lower part of the eye using the forefinger.
- Gently pinch the lens between the thumb and forefinger.
- Remove the lens & discard.
Note: Gently pinching the lens between the thumb and forefinger is not harmful, provided the fingernails do not contact the lens. Some people find a mirror helpful when removing the lens.
b. Forefinger and Thumb Method:
- Place your hand or towel under your eye to catch the lens.
- Place your forefinger on the centre of the upper lid and your thumb on the centre of the lower lid.
- Press in and force a blink. The lens should fall onto your hand or the towel.
Note: The lens may come out but remain on the eyelid, finger or thumb.
- Discard the lens.
- Remove and discard the other lens by following the same procedure.
Note: If these methods of removing your lenses are difficult for you, your eye care practitioner will provide you with an alternate method.