Tips for insertion and removal of RGP lenses
Always insert, remove and clean your right lens first to avoid mixing up your lenses.
If you drop your lens, even onto the paper towel, use saline solution to rinse.
Allow your lens case to air dry while you’re wearing your lenses and replace with each new bottle of solution.
If using a suction plunger to remove the lens, make sure you slide the lens off to avoid breaking your lens. Air filled suction tools can simply be squeezed to release the lens.
If the lens lands on the white of your eye, rather than the cornea (central, coloured part), make sure you look in the opposite direction to where the lens is sitting. You can move your head so that you are still looking in the mirror in this new position. Then you can either remove the lens with the suction tool and try again, or, use your eyelids to guide the lens into the correct position.
If your lenses sting or hurt after insertion, remove immediately and rinse with saline. If using a peroxide system, check that you have allowed at least 6 hours for neutralisiation. Try inserting again and if pain or stinging persists, remove the lenses and contact your practitioner.
When adjusting to RGP lenses for the first time, you can expect a certain amount of discomfort, as if you have something in your eye (you do!) Build up wearing time gradually over a week, adding an extra hour each day. Properly-fitting RGP lenses should be comfortable once this initial breaking-in period is complete.