theo e. obrig, inc.
contact lens specialists
Susan E. Mazure, FCLSA
Stephen G. Cogger, FCLSA
Obrig Contact Lenses


How To Remove Your Soft Contact Lenses

*note - gas permeable lens removal instructions are coming soon

You have your contact lenses on, maybe you have worn them a good portion of the day and now it is time to remove them.

The first step is to wash your hands. Just as when you put your lenses on, you want to use a soap that does not have excessive perfumes or moisturizers, such as aloe, in it.

You now have clean hands and are positioned in a clean area with a mirror. If you need a good mirror, you can click here for a good selection

Avoid Injury:
        check to be sure the lens is still there before removing it

Remember the lens is resting in front of the colored area of your eye. If you are not sure the lens is still there, cover the other eye and check your vision. If you can see clearly, the lens is there. (If you are nearsighted, look far away to test if the lens is still on, if you are farsighted, look up close)

Steps to remove your soft contact lens

Some possible challenges and solutions:

If you have trouble keeping your eye open, use your other hand to hold the upper lids and lashes while the hand that is getting the lens also holds the lower lid.

If you aren’t able to slide the lens, remember to stare in the mirror. If you lose your focal point in the mirror, then your eye has moved and hence the lens has also moved. It is very important to keep focused on one spot through the entire process.

If you have trouble picking up the lens, try sliding even further to the white of the eye. The further from the cornea you are able to slide the contact lens, the easier it will be to pick up.

If you have long nails, do not use them to pick up the lens. Rather, slide the lens all the way down to the lower lid and let it roll over the lid. The lens will basically be pushed out of the eye and end up on your finger or lower lashes.

If your eye starts to irritate, you probably rubbed too much along the lower lid margin. This tends to sting after a while. Take a break and come back later.