As a long time wearer of soft contact lenses, I do not believe an eyewash would remove a soft contact lens. They are sometimes remarkably difficult to remove for routine cleaning!
You have to pinch them a bit to break the suction that keeps them on your eye.
I've never worn hard lenses but I imagine they might be easier to remove with an eyewash.
Although a contact lens should be removed if a chemical is splashed in the eye, consider that it is one more barrier between the chemical and the eye itself.
Personally, I would flush first and then remove, then flush some more.
I have been told that the water pressure from the eyewash will knock out the contacts during rinsing that is a reason contacts are allowed now. At at no time should the hands make contact with the eyes. Everyone please correct me if I am
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On Feb 22, 2018, at 6:19 PM, Murphy, Dr. Ruth Ann <rmurphy**At_Symbol_Here**UMHB.EDU> wrote:
Is there any word on OSHA's requirement as to when contact lenses should be removed while using an eyewash? The ACS Safety Video "Starting with Safety," states the following. "If you are wearing contacts get them out as soon as you've given your eyes a good initial rinsing and then continue washing for at least 15 minutes then see a doctor." On the other hand, someone told me OSHA requires rinsing the eyes 15 minutes before attempting to remove the contact lenses. Thank you!
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