Removing Your Scleral Contact Lenses7:00 AM
|A larger scleral lens (left) can be intimidating if you have worn traditional corneal RGPs (right) via|
Tips for Success:
- Never Remove the Lens from the Center
It's tempting to want to aim for the center, but don't! The best way to
apply your plunger is to aim for the bottom of the lens, around 6:00 via
If you apply your plunger's suction right in the center of the lens, you will be trying to remove the lens at it's point of highest suction to your eye. You may literally feel like you may pull your eye out of the socket when you do it this way, and you may even experience a popping sensation when you finally break the suction between the lens and your eye. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it can be very painful and leave your eye red and irritated for days. To prevent this excess suction, apply your plunger just below the center of the lens, around 6:00 if you imagine your lens like a clock.
- Create the necessary tilt before you try to pull the lens out
After your apply your plunger, make sure that you push in towards the eye and move the plunger slightly upwards as you bring the lens out. Shifting the lens upward before you pull outward helps to break more of the suction between your eye and the lens. It also helps you to clear your bottom eyelid and will help tilt your lens into the proper position to better clear your top eyelid upon removal.
- Still feeling too much resistance?
Remove the plunger and try to break more suction manually. A properly fit contact lens will be able to move a bit with manual handling, even though it is a large contact lens that doesn't move up and down as you blink. Look up towards the ceiling and with your bottom eyelid try to move the lens up and down just slightly. Basically you are wiggling the lens. You can look down and repeat this with your top eyelid. Now reapply your plunger and try again. The lens should come out easier this time because you just increased the flow of tear film underneath the lens and may have even introduced an air bubble or two that help to limit suction.