Contact Lens Removal

How to take out contacts

Proper Lens Care After Removal

From the American Optometric Association

Contact lenses are all taken care of differently; this is a sample of how most soft contact lenses are cared for after removal in conjunction with a multipurpose solution (rub and rinse times may vary depending on solution manufacturer). Hydrogen peroxide care systems are different from below. Keep in mind that daily disposable contact lenses are removed each night and thrown away so no cleaning is required.

  1. Always wash and dry your hands thoroughly before handling your contact lenses.**1
  2. Always work with the same lens first (example: always remove your right lens first or your left lens first).
  3. Remove one lens and place it in the palm of your hand.
  4. Apply multipurpose contact lens solution and rub the lens for about 20 seconds on each side (actual rub time depends on the solution manufacturer’s instructions). **2,3,4
  5. Rinse the contact lens with the multipurpose solution for about 10 seconds on each side (actual rinse time depends on the solution manufacturer’s instructions). **2,3,4 Never use tap water to rinse your lenses as it has been shown to significantly increase the risk of severe ocular infections.**5
  6. Place the contact lens into a clean, dry lens case and then completely fill the well of the case with multipurpose solution.
  7. Repeat steps three through six with the other eye’s lens.
  8. Soak the lenses according to the manufacturer’s recommended soaking time. This time will vary with depending on the brand of solution, but is usually between four and eight hours.**3,4,5
  9. Read the solution packaging thoroughly for instructions about lens cleaning and always follow the manufacturer recommended procedure.
  10. Dispose of your contact lens case every one to three months. Overuse of a case can result in significant eye infections due to bacterial contamination.**6,7 A new case is typically provided with each new bottle of solution purchased.
  11. Always rinse your case with fresh solution and allow it to air dry in the morning before reusing it. Never “top off” your solution - doing so increases your chances of a contact lens related complication.**8

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  1. The American Optometric Association. “What You Need To Know About Contact Lens Care and Compliance.” Brochure. Available http://www.aoa.org/Documents/public/AOA-contact-lens-hygiene.pdf
  2. Alcon Optifree PureMoist Multipurpose Solution Package Insert. Available: http://www.opti-free.com/pdfs/OFPureMoist_us_en.pdf
  3. MO Revitalens OcuTec Multipurpose Solution Guidelines. Available: http://www.amo-inc.com/products/corneal/multi-purpose-solution/revitalens-ocutec-multi-purpose-disinfecting-solution
  4. Bausch + Lomb Biotrue Multipurpose Solution FAQs. Available: http://www.bausch.com/our-products/contact-lens-care/soft-lens-multi-purpose-solutions/biotrue-multi-purpose-solution/biotrue-solutions-faq
  5. Mutoh, Tetsuya, et al. "A retrospective study of nine cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis." Clinical ophthalmology (Auckland, NZ) 4 (2010): 1189.
  6. Szczotka-Flynn L, Pearlman E, Ghannoum M. Microbial Contamination of Contact Lenses, Lens Care Solutions, and Their Accessories: A Literature Review. Eye Contact Lens 2010 Mar;36(2):116-129.
  7. Gray TB, Cursons RT, Sherwan JF, Rose PR. Acanthamoeba, bacterial, and funga contamination of contact lens storage cases. Br J Ophthalmol 1995 Jun;79(6):601-5.
  8. Dumbleton, Kathryn A., et al. "The relationship between compliance with lens replacement and contact lens-related problems in silicone hydrogel wearers." Contact Lens and Anterior Eye 34.5 (2011): 216-222.

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