How to Remove a Contact Lens From Your Eye

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Removing a contact lens comes down to preference and personal comfort levels. Safely and securely remove your lens with the useful tips provided by a certified ophthalmic assistant in this free video on how to remove a contact lens from your eye.

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Hi, this is Cristen with Cool Springs Eye Care, and I'm going to talk to you about how to remove soft contact lenses. There are two ways that most people remove their soft contact lenses. And they both involve pinching and pulling the lens off of your eye. What most people do is, they'll go straight in with their index and thumb and pinch the lens, and just remove it straight from the eye, like that. Some people prefer to pull the lens down onto the white of the eye, and then pinch it and pull if off, like that. It's going to adhere more to your eye if it's still on the colored part. So, if you're having trouble pulling it off that way, you can try pulling it over to the white part of the eye and pinching and pulling it off. Another thing that's going to make it difficult to come off is if your eye is too dry. So, if you're having trouble, put in a drop of re-wetting solution or some of your contact lens solution. And wait a couple of minutes, and then try to remove the lens. If you've tried for a while and your eye's getting irritated, stop, go do something else, and then come back; because you don't want to dig around and cause damage on your eye if you can't get the lens out. If you're still having trouble, you want to go and see your eye doctor and let them take it out. Or, it my have already come out, and you may be digging around in your eye when there's no lens in there. That's always a possibility, and it happens a lot of times. So, if you're ever having trouble, just go see your eye doctor. And that's how you remove soft contact lenses.

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