How To Remove Your Contact Lens

June 21, 2024


  1. Before removing your contacts always wash your hands with soap and water. Wipe your hands dry to minimize the amount of water that could contaminate your contact lenses.
  2. Another important tip for removing (and inserting) contact lenses is to start with the same eye every time. This reduces the chances of an accidental switcheroo.
  3. Sitting in front of a well-lit mirror, especially in the beginning. Look upwards. Take your non-dominant hand and use your index finger to raise your upper eyelid away from your eye.
  4. With your dominant hand, use your middle finger to pull down your lower eyelid.
  5. With the pads of your index finger and thumb, gently squeeze the lens to pull it down and away from your eye. Don’t fold or pinch with more force than necessary.
  6. Place the lens into the palm of your other hand. You’re done!

At the Contact Lens Guru we recommend to use your fingers to handle your contact lenses. We do offer some devices for contact lens handling and this is mainly for patients with extra-long fingernails’.

  1. Removing of your corneal rigid gas permeable contact lenses there are two main options.
  2. The blink method, seat yourself at a table covered with a clean towel and lean over until you are looking down at the surface.
  3. Place your index finger at the outer junction of your upper eyelid and lower eyelids.
  4. Stretch the skin outward and slightly upward while keeping your eye open wide.
  5. Blink briskly and with effort.
  6. The contact lens will be squashed between the top and lower eyelids and the lens will pop out onto the clean surface of the towel, or into the palm of your hand.
  7. The alternative removal method is the two-finger method.
  8. This is utilizing the top and lower lid margins to squeeze the lens out.
  9. Using the right hand on the lower lid of the right eye and the left hand on the lid margin of the top lid of the right eye.
  10. Make sure your fingers are manipulating the lid margins (where your eyelashes originate on your lid margin)-open the lids wide, push the lids on to the eye.
  11. Slowly bringing the top and lower lids towards each other-sandwiching the lens and it will pop out on to your towel.


How to remove contact lenses
At the Ezekiel Eyes lens handling appointment, we will supply you with a small silicon-based suction cup to help you to remove your contact lens safely.
If you do use your suction cup rinse the suction cup in warm water and store it back into its container.
Not all of our patients will take their contact lenses home on their first visit-it takes time and there is no rush.
Still having trouble removing your contact lenses? 
Consider lubrication eyedrops to help increase your contact lens movement and therefore contact lens removal.
Dry eyes can allow your contact lens to stick a little more closely and this may hempen your removal. rushing.
If edges of your lens stick together, add a drop of fresh soaking contact lens solution and gently rub until they separate.
If your contact lens simply vanishes, look around the coloured and whiter parts of your eye.
If you don’t see it, it is not going to roll back into your brain and kill you.
The inner surface of the eyelids has a thin, moist lining called the conjunctiva.
At the back of the eyelids, the conjunctiva folds back and becomes the outer covering of the white part of the eyeball.
The continuous nature of the conjunctiva from the eyelids to the eyeball makes it impossible for anything to get behind the eye and become trapped there.
If the lens is still on the eye, you will get the feeling that something is in your eye.
Flip your upper eyelid to see if it’s hiding there then try saline drops to flush it out.
Most contact lenses have a slight blue handling tint that can reflect in the light and help to identify your contact lens in your eye.
If you are unsure, please contact Ezekiel Eyes for help in locating your contact lens.

In addition to owning and managing Ezekiel Eyes, Damon is a contact lens consultant to various research organisations. He regularly lectures and conducts workshops in contact lens practice throughout Australia, Asia and the United States. Damon graduated from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Optometry in 1989. He is now married with two children and enjoys running, hockey, swimming, piano, travelling and trekking.

Damon’s professional associations include:
President of the International Society of Contact Lens Specialists
Practising Fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society
Fellow of the Cornea & Contact Lens Society of Australia
Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
Member of Optometry Australia
Member of the Orthokeratology Society of Australia
Member of Alcon Australia advisory panel