4 Best Ways to Remove Contact Lenses (Blink Method, Beginner & Stuck Lenses)

22nd Mar 2024

Removing your contact lenses shouldn't feel like a battle at the end of a long day.

For anyone who wears contact lenses, knowing how to remove them safely is as important as learning to insert them.

Whether you've just started wearing lenses or have been a long-time contact lens wearer but still dread the lens removal process, you can try different removal techniques to make it a stress-free routine.

Here are the 4 best ways to remove your contact lenses (step-by-step):

If your contact lenses are stuck, skip to Method # 4.

Each method requires washing your hands thoroughly before removing your contact lenses. Dry your hands well with a lint-free towel to avoid any residue from getting into your eyes.

Method #1 - Beginner’s Method

  • Step 1: Stand or sit in front of a mirror. Tilt your head down while looking into the mirror.
  • Step 2: Carefully touch your contact lens with your index finger.
  • Step 3: Gently slide the lens down toward the lower part of your eye.
  • Step 4: Use your thumb and index finger to lightly pinch the lens and lift it away from your eye.

Method #2 - The Slide Method

  • Step 1: Use your non-dominant hand to pull down your lower eyelid gently.
  • Step 2: With your dominant hand, use your index finger to touch the bottom of the lens and slide it down to the lower white part of your eye (sclera).
  • Step 3: Gently pinch the lens between your thumb and index finger, then remove it from your eye. Only touch the lens, not your eye surface.

Method# 3 - Blink Method (without pinching and touching)

  • Step 1: Using your thumb and index, gently pull your upper eyelid up and your lower eyelid down.
  • Step 2: Turn your gaze to the far side. (as far as you can)
  • Step 3: Relax and blink gently. This will help nudge the lens out of your eye.

The lens should pop out on its own without needing to touch your eye.

Method #4 - How to remove stuck contact lens

  • Step 1: Look straight down.
  • Step 2: Blink naturally. Often, your eyelid will catch the edge of the lens and start to slide it towards the front of your eye. Sometimes, the lens might reposition itself correctly on the cornea, fold, or even fall out on its own.

Alternative Method:

If the lens remains stuck, remain calm and keep looking down. Feel where the lens position is.

Use your finger to lightly press on your eyelid. Be gentle to avoid discomfort or pushing the lens further back.

If the lens doesn't come out immediately, repeat the blinking process until it moves into a position where it can be easily removed or falls out on its own.

If you’ve tried all types of methods and your lenses are still stuck in your eyes, please consult your optometrist immediately.

Important Safety Note

While these methods can be effective, always proceed with caution. Stop immediately if the lens does not come out easily or you experience extreme discomfort.

Consult your optometrist to help you demonstrate safe removal techniques and to help prevent any potential damage or infections associated with improper lens handling.