How to Remove Soft Contacts
If you’re a new contact lens wearer, taking out contacts can seem challenging. But just like most things, practice makes perfect. Follow these steps every day and you’ll get used to removing contacts in no time.
Steps to Remove Soft Contacts
- 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.
- Raise Upper Eyelid
While looking in a well-lit mirror, use the index finger of your non-dominant hand to raise the upper eyelid.
- Pull Down Lower Eyelid
Use the middle finger of your dominant hand to gently pull the lower eyelid down.
- Remove the Lens
Use the index finger and thumb to gently squeeze the lens and pull it down and away from your eye. Make sure not to squeeze the lens to the point where the outer edges touch unless you are disposing of them.
- Clean or Discard
If you’re wearing daily disposable contact lenses or contacts at the end of their replacement schedule, discard them. If not, rinse, disinfect, and store the lenses for future use.
Follow these same steps again with the other contact lens.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How to take out contacts with long nails?
A: Use the flat part of your finger, not your fingertip to remove your contact lens. Your nail should be pointing away from your eye, not towards it. If that still doesn’t work, you can try using an inserter and removal tool instead of your fingers.
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. Using rewetting drops to add moisture to your eyes can also help with removing the lens.
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.