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How to Remove Hard Contacts

If you’re a new contact lens wearer, taking out contacts might seem challenging. Just like most things, practice makes perfect. Follow these steps and you’ll get used to removing contacts in no time.

Steps to Remove Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) Contacts

  1. Wash Hands
    Wash Hands Use fragrance-free hand soap and warm water to wash hands for at least 20 seconds. Dry hands with a lint-free, microfiber towel.
  2. Pull Your Eyelid
    Pull Your Eyelid While looking in a well-lit mirror, place your index finger on the outside corner of the eyelid and gently pull it so it is tightly stretched against your eye.
  3. Cup Your Hand
    Cup Your Hand Place your other hand in a cupping position below the eye.
  4. Blink
    Blink Blink hard enough for the contact lens to fall out. Make sure your cupped hand is ready to catch it or have a clean, lint-free towel below.
  5. Clean or Discard
    Clean or Discard If the RGP contacts are at the end of their replacement schedule, discard them. If not, rinse, disinfect, and store the lenses for future use.
  6. Repeat
    Repeat Follow these same steps again with the other contact lens.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is removing soft contact lenses different from hard contacts?

A: It’s easiest to squeeze soft contacts when removing them, but rigid gas permeable contacts should not be squeezed since they’re made from a harder plastic and aren’t as flexible.

Q: What’s the easiest way to take out contacts?

A: If you can’t perform the steps above with ease, you can try using an inserter and remover tool.

Removing your contact lenses before activities such as sleeping or swimming is essential to help avoid eye infections. If you are still having trouble removing your contacts, talk to your eye care professional.

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