There are two methods available for lens removal.
Method 1: using the index finger (FIGURE 15)
- Work over a soft clean towel to prevent dropping the lens onto a hard surface.
- Keep your head up and look downwards towards your chin. Keep one hand ready to catch the lens when it falls during removal.
- Pull the edge of the upper eyelid (closest to the medial corner of the eye) up with your index finger above the edge of the lens and run the finger outwards along the lid, edging the lid behind the lens rim. The lens should release itself from the eye and fall into your hand.
Method 2: using a suction holder (FIGURE 16)
- Wet the end of the suction holder with saline solution.
- Apply suction firmly, close to the edge of the lens. This may be done on the upper edge, the lower edge, or on the left/right edge of the lens.
- Pull the suction holder gently, allowing air to move in behind the lens.
- The lens can now easily be removed.
Cleaning and storage
- Always clean the scleral lens after use.
- Gently rub the surfaces of the lens with a recommended rigid gas-permeable lens cleaner.
- The lens should then be thoroughly rinsed and placed in the storage case, containing a fresh supply of storage solution.
- Empty the contents of the case once the lens has been inserted.
- Keep the lens case clean and replace it frequently to avoid any eye infections.