Contact lens removal: the "chopstick" approach

Pediatr Emerg Care. 2012 Jul;28(7):707-8. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e31825cfead.


A case of adherent soft contact lenses in an apprehensive adolescent patient is described, along with a description of a novel technique for contact lens removal. After topical anesthesia and saline irrigation, the lenses were successfully removed, atraumatically, using a pair of saline-soaked cotton-tipped applicators held in a chopstick fashion.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Contact Lenses, Hydrophilic*
  • Eye Foreign Bodies / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Surgical Instruments