How to Take Out Contacts: Step-by-Step Instructions – Healthline

September 14, 2021 by No Comments

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 45 million people wear contact lenses in the United States.
Although contact lenses often take the place of glasses, both forms of vision correction have different styles of wear and care.
Contact lens etiquette can feel overwhelming at first. But knowing how to safely insert and remove your lenses will become second nature with enough practice.
In this article, we provide step-by-step instructions for how to take out both soft and hard contact lenses, as well as how to handle any potential complications from contact lens use.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, there are two types of contact lenses that are commonly prescribed for vision correction:
Below, you’ll find step-by-step instructions for how to remove both soft and hard contact lenses.
Sometimes a contact lens can get stuck in your eye, causing discomfort or even pain. If this happens, don’t panic, as there are a few simple tricks you can try to dislodge the lens.
If you’re still unable to remove the contact lens by yourself, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor. They can perform an eye exam to determine where the lens is stuck and remove it safely.
It can take time to learn how to take out your contact lenses. If you’ve tried the methods listed above and are still having trouble, there’s another option you can consider.
Although this is not the preferred method of contact lens removal, a contact lens remover, called a “plunger” can be used when you’re not comfortable using your fingers to remove a hard contact lens. Here are instructions for this removal method.
Also, if you’re new to wearing contact lenses, here are some tips from the CDC that will help you take care of your lenses properly.
If you have any other major questions or concerns about contact lens insertion, removal, or safety, you can reach out to your eye doctor for help.
It’s important to practice caution when inserting and removing contact lenses, to avoid damaging your eyes. Here are some precautions to be aware of when taking out contact lenses:
The most important thing is to just be as gentle as possible around your eyes when you’re putting in and taking out contact lenses.
Contact lenses are a safe, popular alternative to glasses, especially when you practice good contact lens hygiene. However, you should schedule a visit with your eye doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
These symptoms may indicate an infection, damage to your cornea, or something else that requires medical attention.
When you’re new to wearing contact lenses, removing your lenses properly can take some getting used to.
There are multiple ways to remove both soft and hard contact lenses, depending on your preference. Always practice good hygiene when you remove your lenses to keep your eyes, and your lenses safe.
If you want to learn more about how to safely insert contact lenses, you can check out our guide here.
Last medically reviewed on February 1, 2021