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Ultra-long nails have been trending for a while now. They look glamorous and attractive and can transform your mood, making you feel special every time you step out into the world. However, they come with a set of challenges and can be especially frustrating when trying to take out your contact lenses. It can be a painful experience, not to mention, dangerous if you accidentally scratch your eye. The good news is that it is possible to wear and take out contact lenses with long nails. We review some of the best ways to take out contacts with long nails to help minimize the risk of damage and infection.

How to Handle Contacts with Long Nails

If you have shorter nails, you can easily pinch the contacts out with two fingers. This method won’t work with long nails. Before we show you the methods, make sure you don’t have sharp edges on your nails. If you have broken a nail, file it to remove sharp or jagged edges.

Additionally, be sure to remove any makeup you may have before taking out your contact lenses. Make-up residue can stick to your lenses and cause irritation. It goes without saying that you should thoroughly wash your hands, including under the fingernails, before handling your contacts.

Lastly, only touch the contact lens or the white part of the eye, not the tissue overlying the iris and pupil (aka, cornea). This area is highly delicate and sensitive and scratching can not only be painful but can cause a serious infection.

How to Take Out Contacts with Long Nails

There are several approaches to removing contact lenses with long nails. You can try them all and then stick to the one that suits you best.

Method 1: The Pinch Method

This is the easiest method to take out contacts with long nails. Here are the steps:

  1. Place your thumb, with your nail facing downward, right below your eye.
  2. Place your index finger on your eyelid, with the nail facing upward.
  3. Now, gently squeeze your lower eye part and the eyelid between your fingers (like you’re pinching your eye, only gentler). The contact lens should pop out if done correctly.

Do not use too much pressure. The goal is to press the lens from either side so that it moves forward and comes out with ease. This method is fast, and you don’t feel your nails compared to the other methods.

Method 2: Using One Finger

Choose the finger you feel most comfortable using and simply take out the contacts. It will naturally stick to your finger and separate from your eye. Since your skin will be in direct contact with your eye, make sure to thoroughly wash your hands beforehand.

Method 3: The Rolling Method

  1. Use the padded part of your fingertip to gently press the contact lens down towards the lower eyelid. Angle your nails away from the eye.
  2. Keep pushing gently and slowly, but firmly until the lens comes into contact with the lower eyelid and you start to feel the resistance.
  3. Add a little bit of pressure, and the contact lens should roll out over the eyelid and out of the eye.

This technique might take a while before you can pull it off correctly. But once you master it, you’ll be able to do this quickly, anytime.

Damage to Contacts

If you’re new to the long nail club, you may struggle at first to remove the contact lenses safely. You’ll probably do some damage to the lenses every time you take them out. Eventually, you’ll get the hang of it.

Just be careful not to scratch your actual eyeball. Keep in mind that doing this regularly will have an impact on the effectiveness of the lenses. When starting out, you may have to use new lenses more frequently, especially if you want them to be at 100 percent capacity.

Every time you remove the contact lenses, examine them for damage. Long nails can be particularly harsh on contact lenses, and a damaged lens can cause irritation and potentially tear the cornea, leading to serious damage to your eye. If you notice any damage, discard the lens immediately and use a new one.

Storing Your Contact Lenses

Once you’ve removed your contact lenses, they will need to be safely stored until the next time you’ll need to use them. Some people simply use the old solution when storing the lens. The solution is meant to disinfect, and it can become contaminated with constant use.

Try to use a fresh solution after a while and close the lids of the contact case tightly before keeping it in a safe place.

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