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How to insert contact lenses with long fingernails

Question by Guest | 2011-12-20 at 16:27

I wear contact lenses occasionally and I like to make the nails very long. These two things together, I never had dared before, but soon it should be.

So, my question to all people out there, who wear contact lenses and have long claws at the same time: How do you do it? I think it would be quite difficult. I can still imagine the insertion of the lenses quite good, but what about removing them?

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In fact, the insertion with long nails resembles the insertion of lenses with short nails, only that the lens is not on the top of the finger tip during insertion, but slightly below at the surface of the finger.

It becomes more difficult when taking out the lenses: Many take out their contact lenses by letting the fingers pointing almost into the eye. But this should be avoided with long fingernails, because you need the fingertips to remove the lenses (the fingernails can damage the lenses otherwise!).

With long fingernails, the nails have to show over the eye, so that the tip of the finger is in the height of the eye at the contact lenses.

Either, you take the index finger and the ring finger and hold them horizontally and parallel to your eye, as if you want to see through between the two fingers. The nails then show out of the eye and you can remove the lenses.

Alternatively, you can also use both forefingers of your two hands and hold them perpendicular parallel to your eye, so that again the nail is protruding from the eye.

Which technique is more suitable for you, you just have to try.
2011-12-23 at 11:04

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Another technique goes like this:

You take only one finger and touch the lens with your finger tip at the top, the nail protrudes out from the eye.

Then you slide the lens down, but so that it is angled slightly and it detaches from the eye.

You have to be careful here, that the lens does not fall off.
2012-02-04 at 14:03

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Here the emergency tip:

Let someone else help you to take out the lenses, the best is a person who has no long fingernails.

And if that does not help: bowl full of water, head in, eyes open. Then, the lense should come by itself from the eye.
2012-02-06 at 13:25

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I have once asked my eye doctor this question. He advised me to use the following technique for the take out, that actually works wonderfully for me:

With one hand, you open your eye, while you are shaping the V-sign with the other hand, so that the middle finger and the index finger are spread to a V.

Then you approximate the two fingers to the eye, so that the finger tips will be at the height of the contact lense and the eye.

If you now compress the fingers on the sides of the contact lense, you can simply take out the lens.

And as always: Practice makes perfect. If you have made it with long nails, it will probably work again barely with short ones.
2012-02-20 at 20:09

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There are also small devices made of rubber, silicone or plastic to get the lenses off without the need to use the fingers for this.

Just ask your optometrist. he should be able to sell such a tool. It should not be too expensive.

I believe, this is called soft lens sucker or something like this and there is also something like a tweezer for the same purpose. So as I said, I think it is best to consult an optician who really know his business.
2012-03-21 at 09:17

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Just slide the contact lens with the front finger surface together without coming with your fingernail into the eye. In the meantime, the fingernail is across the eye.

While without long nails, you are using rather the front part of the finger tip, with long nails, you are using a rather central part or the finger surface a little below.

Actually, gel nails should even be still more compatible with contact lenses than natural nails, because natural nails are more sharp-edged than the gel nails and so, they can destroy the lenses more.
2012-05-10 at 23:00

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