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How to remove contact lenses

How to remove contact lenses

Following on from our post guiding you on how to insert your contact lenses, here is another guide, this time on how to remove contact lenses when you’re done using them for the day.

  • Wash your hands
  • To begin with, make sure your hands are clean to avoid dry eyes or eye infections caused by harmful bacteria. Your eye health is vital! 

    Wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap and then dry them with a lint free towel or air dryer, making sure that you avoid touching anything other than your contact lenses. 

  • Prep to remove the contact lens
  • Before you start removing the contact lens, you need to prep. The main thing to do is to make sure your eye is as enlarged as possible to make it as easy as it can be to get a grip of the contact lens and not to irritate your eyes.

    To enlarge your eye, use your non-dominant hand to hold the top eyelid up, before placing your fingers at the base of your top lashes and rest against the bony part under the eyebrow.

    Place the middle finger of your dominant hand in the middle of your lower eyelid, at the base of where lashes grow from, and gently pull down your lower eyelid.

  • Removing the contact lens
  • Look straight ahead and place your non-dominant index finger and thumb either side of the coloured segment of your eye.

    Bring the fingers together to pinch the contact lens off of your eye.

    If that doesn’t work, you can try pulling your lower lid down with your non-dominant hand, before using the index finger of your dominant hand to slide the lens down.

    3 strokes should be sufficient. Once the lens has slid down the eye, you should be able to pinch it off.

  • Dispose of the contact lens
  • Once removed, make sure to dispose of your contact lens in the bin, ideally recycling, but not the sink or the toilet!

    Don’t forget to keep the contact lens blister so that it can be recycled safely via our WALDO contact lens recycling scheme, which you can read about here - link to recycling blog.

    Need more help? Book a complimentary and private virtual appointment with our in-house Optician here.


    And if you accidentally sleep in your contact lenses, read more about what to do here.

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