Inserting and removing contacts successfully is most definetly a learned skill. If you add donning acrylic nails into the mix you're challenge is made twice as difficut. It's important to use proper sanitation, with or without acrylics; however you'll want to take extra care when handling contact lenses with fake nails, as acrylics can be a hotbed for bacteria growth. You will also need to avoid excessive contact between your nails, lenses, and eyes to prevent potential scratching and tearing of your lenses and/or eyes. To safely remove your contacts with fake nails trying using the forefinger and thumb method.
You Will Need
- Contact lens solution
- Eye drops
- Mild soap
- Nail brush
- Contact lens case
- Lint-free towel
First, wash your hands thoroughly with mild antibacterial soap. In addition to cleaning your hands and fingers, use a nail brush to scrub underneath your acylics to remove any deposits that may transfer to your fingers and eyes during the process.
Next, open both sides of your contact lens case. Rinse out the inside of the case with warm water. Leave the case open in preparation to store contacts when you remove them. Dry your hands and nails completely with a lint-free towel. [If your contact lenses are daily disposables, you can eliminate this step.]
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Using eye drops place a few drops in one eye, with the contact still in place. According to the Contact Lens Wearer guide, lubricating your contacts prior to removal allows them to slide out of your eyes with ease. This is especially beneficial when wearing acrylics, as the length of the nails adds difficulty to the removal process.
Now, use the forefinger and thumb method recommended by the Contact Lens Wearer Guide. Hold your free hand, palm facing upward, under your eye and position it to catch the lens. Place the outer side of your thumb on top of your bottom eye lid. Press it back to expose the bottom of your eye. Next, place your forefinger at the center of your top eyelid. Lightly press your thumb and forefinger at their respective positions and blink repeatedly. Your contact lens should fall into your free hand. Do not attempt the pinch method, which involves touching your finger to the eyeball. You want to avoid direct contact between your eyes and your acylics nails.
Finally, transfer the contact lens carefully from your palm to your contact lens case and add a few drops of lens solution to the case. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the next eye.
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