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What is the safest way to remove soft contact lenses?


What is the safest way to remove soft contact lenses, I have 30 day ones and am nervous of taking them out!

Answer Written answer:

Wash your hands thoroughly and dry. If your eye feels dry, squeeze a few re-wetting drops or all-in-one solution into the eye before attempting to remove the lens. Look upward, and using your right hand, take your middle finger and gently lower the lower lid. Gently use your index finger to slide the contact down to the white of the eye. Using your index finger and thumb, gently squeeze the contact lens between them and remove it from the eye. You could also try holding the top lid with the other hand and pinching out from the edge of the lens.

Ideally you should have another instruction session at the opticians who prescribed the lenses, where it can be done under supervision. There are also many videos on this on youtube!

We recommend you seek professional advice if you are concerned about your eye health:

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Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 35 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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