A Step-By-Step Guide To Putting In & Taking Out Contact Lenses

Things to remember

If a contact lens is irritating your eye after putting it in, take it out and make sure it’s not inside out or defected.

Also, keep in mind, astigmatism and multifocal contact lenses often take a couple minutes to settle for clear, comfortable vision!

Taking Out Your Contact Lenses

Step 1

Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water.

Washing hands to take out contact lenses

Step 2

Dry your hands with a clean towel.

Drying hands to take out contact lenses

Step 3

Fill your contact lens case with fresh contact lens solution. Note: You can skip this step if you wear daily contact lenses.

Filling contact lens case

Step 4

Hold your upper eyelid with your alternate hand to prevent blinking. It’s best to hold your eyelid as close to the white part of your eye as you can.

Step 5

Use the hand you’re taking out your contact lens with to pull down your lower eyelid. Again, it’s best to hold your eyelid as close to the white part of your eye as you can.

Step 6

Slide the contact lens off the center of your eye using your pointer finger.

Step 7

Pinch the contact lens between your thumb and pointer finger and remove it from your eye.

Step 8

Place the contact lens in your contact lens case for proper storage. Note: You can place your contact lens in the trash if you wear daily contact lenses.

That’s it! You’re now ready to put in and take out your contact lenses like a pro! If you have any questions, make sure to talk with your eye care professional. Good luck!

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Ryan Corte, OD
Dr. Ryan Corte was born and raised in Novi, MI where he attended Novi High School. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science in 2008. He also attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he graduated with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2012. Dr. Corte completed an Optometric Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013. During his residency, he obtained advanced clinical competency to practice optometry at the highest level as well as provided educational assistance and supervision of third and fourth year students as a clinical faculty member. He now practices just north of Charlotte, NC at Northlake Eye. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Corte has contributed to optometry through multiple leadership roles. He is a former Executive President of the American Optometric Student Association and is currently serving on the Young ODs and Membership committee of the North Carolina Optometric Society Optometric. He also was a senior journalist for NewGradOptometry.com and is a co-founder of CovalentCareers.com. Dr. Corte thrives on involvement and looks forward to remaining very active throughout his professional career. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.