How to Take Out Contact Lenses Step-By-Step

Replacemycontacts/ May 16, 2014/ Lens Care/

You’ve finally mastered putting in your contact lenses, but taking them can be an equally daunting task. While the process should be simple and smooth, there’s no denying that mastering this practice can be tricky at first. To help you cement a set routine and perfect this practice, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to removing your contacts (you can also check out our video on the same topic).

Blue_alarm_clock_(3)Step Number One
If you haven’t already done so, create an alarm or reminder that alerts you that it’s time to remove your lenses, whether it is a post-it on the vanity mirror or a notification on your phone. This is especially helpful if you are new to wearing contacts, as it is all-too-easy to drift off to sleep still wearing them. If you are buying a line that enables extended wear (like the Air Optix Night & Day Aqua), a note on the calendar should be made about when to switch out the pair.

Step Number Two
Start by washing your hands with soap and water. Keep in mind the following:
• Don’t forget to rinse all the soap from your fingertips. Even a small trace of soap or oil on your fingertips can have an adverse effect on a contact lens.
• When drying your hands make sure you use a lint free towel. Terry cloth towels can leave fibers. Choose a paper towel or a cotton or linen towel for this task.
• Make sure your hands are completely dry. Wet fingers will cause the contact lens to stick to your fingers.

Step Number Three
Cover the sink drain or close it. Contacts can be slippery and you don’t want to lose one down the drain.

Step Number Four
To avoid future confusion about contact lens is intended for which eye, only open one side of your case at a time. Fill your case to about the halfway point with solution before you take your contacts out.

Step Number Five
Stand in front of your mirror and blink your eyes several times to naturally lubricate the eyeball. Now look straight ahead in the mirror. Using the middle finger of your hand, pull your lower eyelid down, and then look up at the ceiling.

Contact-Lens-Care-Storage-TipsStep Number Six
For Soft Contacts:
Glance up and use the index finger of your other hand to slide the contact lens down from the pupil to the lower white part of your eye. Using the index finger and thumb of your lower hand, locate the contact and pinch it between your fingers and extract it. Make sure you use the fleshy part of your fingers and never use your finger nails, or else you may have to deal with a corneal abrasion. Remove the other lens following the same procedure.
If you are trying to remove the lens and you are having a difficult time, stop and rest for a few minutes. Do not keep trying to remove the contact if your eye is starting to feel irritated. Instead, try using a few drops eye drops of contact lens solution. Go back and repeat this procedure again in a few minutes. It’s natural to grow impatient or frantic, but refute the urge to rush or be more aggressive with your fingers.
For Hard Contacts:
Hard contact lenses can be removed by holding your hand out palms up. Bend over from the waist. Using your fingers, pull the upper and lower eyelids outward toward your ear with your eye wide open. By simply blinking while doing this, the contact lens should pop out and into your open hand. Remove the other lens following the same procedure.

Step Number Seven
Once removed, your lenses should be cleaned or, if you have a daily version like the Acuvue 1 Day Moist, disposed of. Cleaning your contact lenses the correct way is very important. Avoid common mistakes that can lead to introducing bacteria to your eye.

Safety Tips for Cleaning Contact Lenses:
• Disinfected your contact lenses and your lens case on a regular basis (click here for instructions).
• Do not place your contact lenses in your mouth. In fact, do not use your saliva to moisten your lens. By doing this you are introducing bacteria to your eye.
• Never “top off” old solution in your contact lens case. Instead, throw away old solution and replace it with new solution.
We hope this step by step guide has been helpful. For more information on contact lens safety, cleaning, or ways to enhance your vision health, contact us at either 1-888-727-5367 or