If you wear contact lenses, sooner or later, you will tear one if you haven’t already. Wearing a torn lens is uncomfortable. However, it is not safe to wear a torn lens because you could scratch your cornea. Here are several ways that you can avoid ripping your contact lenses.
Keep Your Contacts Moist
Your lens can be easily damaged if they are dry. Therefore, you should never store your contact lenses without solution. If they become dry in your eyes, you should use rewetting drops before removing them. Never use water or other liquids on your lenses. Only use contact solution.
Don’t Use Your Fingernails
Avoid using your fingernails to handle your lenses. Use your thumb and forefinger to slide your lens to release the suction and remove them. Do not pinch your lens with your nails.
Unfold Lenses in Solution
Contact lenses can get folded by accident. Trying to pull the edges apart with your fingers could cause them to rip. Place your lens in saline solution in the palm of your hand. Gently massage the lens until the moisture helps open it without damage.
Keep Your Lens Case Full
When storing your contacts in their lens case, make sure that the case is filled completely with solution. Otherwise, your lens could get stuck to a dry spot in the case and tear when you take them out.
A little extra care can go a long way to preventing torn. It is always a good idea to have extra contact lenses available in case of a tear. Contact Valley Eyecare Center at (602) 955-2700 for all your contact lens needs.