Dr. Crowley: Hello and welcome to Case of the Day! I’m Doctor Crowley and today we’re gonna do something a little different. We’re gonna show people how to take their contact lens in and out; how to put their contact lens in and then take it out. We’ll be doing a soft contact lens. So I’m gonna have one of our employees here who wears contacts show you how to do this and we’ll give you a step-by-step rundown on how to put a contact lens in and then once she gets it in, we’ll show you how to take it out, as well.
So we’re gonna switch places and we’ll start.
We have a sample here of a very large contact lens, and so the first thing you need to do is try to figure out which way the lens is, whether it’s inside or out. If you look at your lens and is sitting on your finger then, if it folds over really easy, and is nicely round and shaped, then it folds over if you pinch it in and close it in like a… and folds easily, then that’s the right way. If the lens is inside out, then the shape is funny-looking and if it doesn’t fold in as well, it’s different. First off, you need to make sure you have the lens the correct way.
If you did get it backwards, you can always take the lens out and then flip it over and put it back in, it won’t hurt anything. If you’re not sure and your vision looks blurry, then take it out and put it back in again.
Ok? So she’s now, Heather’s now going to take out a brand new lens…
Heather: And my hands have been washed…
Dr. Crowley: And then we’re gonna zoom in once she gets ready to show you what to do. So she’s gonna take the lens out of the solution and then she’s gonna put it on her finger. You wanna make sure that it doesn’t have too much of the liquid, just a small amount, and then it sits on the tip of the finger. She’s now making sure that it’s not inside out, then she’s gonna face the mirror, you gotta keep your eyes open, and then look towards the mirror (slow down there a second, but you’re good)…
Dr. Crowley: Then she’s gonna keep her eye open, pull the lower lid down, the upper lid up and then the lens goes right on to the surface of the cornea, right in the middle. You let go, let go of your lids, close your eyes gently first, and then blink a few times and then that should be it.
So that’s how simple it is. You have to be a little brave and know that when the fingers come in towards your eye, that you’re gonna actually touch your eye, you’re gonna feel it, but it’s not painful and you have to keep looking straight ahead because if you suddenly look up away then the contact lens is not gonna sit on the eye.
So then now she’s gonna show you how to take the contact lens out. So soft lenses are really easy to get out. So you’re going to do the same thing, keep your eye open, and then all you have to do is pinch the lens out of your eye.
Heather: Sorry… I like to kind of bring mine to the side.
Dr. Crowley: Fingernails are a little bit of a problem sometimes.
Heather: There we go…
Dr. Crowley: So it’s easy to pinch out and then you would put it in your disinfecting solution, clean your lens, and then you’re ready for the next morning.
I always recommend you take your lenses out at night, even if you have the type that you can sleep in, because you have a less chance of a corneal ulcer developing. If you take the lens out, it lets your eyes rest and disinfect it and put it back in.
So if you have any questions about how to take the lens out or any questions about any eye problems or diseases, feel free to contact us through the website. If not may God bless you with healthy eyes and great vision. Have a great day.
Heather: Thank you.