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How to Remove Contacts

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Congrats! You’ve successfully put in your contacts and worn them for the day, and now it’s time to take them out. As a rule, I always recommend taking out your contact lenses at the end of the day. It’s only in exceptional circumstances where I recommend sleeping in contacts, but that’s a talk for another time. Let’s get into how to remove your contacts.

To remove your contacts, you will need a mirror and a lint-free towel. If you wear reusable contacts, you will also need your multipurpose disinfecting solution and a case to store your lenses.

Step One: wash your hands.

Step Two: Control your eyelids, just like you do when inserting your lenses. See my other post if you need a refresher.

Step Three: Look into the mirror and tip your chin down. Slide the contact lens from the centre of your eye down to the lower part of your eyeball until the lens wrinkles.

Step Four: Pinch the lens off with your index finger and thumb of your dominant hand OR continue pulling the lens down to roll it out of your eye.

Step Five: If your lenses are daily disposable, toss the lens in the trash, and you’re done. If you wear reusable lenses (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly replacement), rinse the lens with the disinfecting solution and gently rub the solution into the lens. Place the lens in your case, top it up with the solution, and let it soak for the recommended amount of time for your specific solution.

Once you have those five steps mastered you’re all set to wear contacts. Before you know it, you won’t even need a mirror!

Here is a round-up of my preferred contact lens solutions:

For everyday disinfection and conditioning, I recommend the BioTrue solution. It has multiple disinfecting ingredients to keep your lenses clean and free from germs. Also, this solution uses nature-inspired ingredients to condition your lenses and keeps them comfortable all day.

A close runner-up, and the solution I recommend for people wearing rigid gas permeable lenses (a.ka. hard contacts), is a hydrogen peroxide-based solution called Clear Care. The peroxide does a super job of cleaning the lenses. The only downside is that it is a bit inconvenient because the lenses have to sit for at least 6 hours to properly neutralize the peroxide.

What solutions do you use to care for lenses? Leave a comment to let us know!

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Written by Dr. Brandon Prete

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