How to remove protein film from contact lenses caused by crying

Written by ciele edwards
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Over time, contact lenses develop protein deposits due to impurities from your tears. These deposits build up on contacts over time, resulting in a film that can cause discomfort or blurred vision. Tear production is natural and serves to keep your eyes hydrated. When you cry, however, the production increases substantially, which can cause the protein film that would normally take weeks to develop to appear almost overnight. Proper cleaning will remove the film and allow you to see more clearly.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Contacts
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Contact case
  • Protein remover

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  1. 1

    Wash and dry your hands to avoid introducing potentially harmful bacteria to your eye.

  2. 2

    Place the contact in the palm of your hand, and rinse it with a sterile saline solution. Rub the contact gently in the solution with your finger. Rinsing a contact in sterile saline will remove over half of the protein deposits on the lens.

  3. 3

    Place the lens in a clean contact case filled with fresh saline solution.

  4. 4

    Repeat this process with both contact lenses.

  5. 5

    Place one or two drops of protein remover into the case with each contact.

  6. 6

    Allow the contacts to sit in the solution for a minimum of four hours. It's preferable to leave them overnight.

  7. 7

    Rinse each contact well with the saline solution to remove any residual protein remover, as it will burn when placed into your eye.

  8. 8

    Put in the contacts and make certain the blurry protein film is gone.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also add protein remover directly to the contact in the palm of your hand, rub it until you see bubbles, and then rinse the contact well.
  • Clean your contacts with protein remover regularly, even if you have not been crying or do not notice an apparent protein build up.
  • Do not add protein remover directly to your eye.

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