The Best Way to Remove Hard Contact Lenses From Eyes

Hard contact lenses, also known as Rigid Gas Permeable lenses, are made of a hard plastic that allow oxygen to reach your eyes. Hard contacts do a better job of correcting some vision problems than soft lenses. When you first receive your hard contacts, you should practice putting them in and taking them out until you're comfortable with the procedures. Ohio State University's Casey Eye Institute recommends removing your hard contact lenses from your eyes every evening before bed. Sleeping in your contacts can lead to ulcer, infections and compromised vision.

Learn how to remove hard contact lenses. Credit: adrian825/iStock/Getty Images

Step 1

Wash your hands with soap and water. Dry your hands. You want to keep germs and bacteria away from your lenses. Use a soap that doesn't contain moisturizers, which can coat your contacts when you handle them.

Step 2

Cup your left hand under your right eye. Bend your head over the cupped hand.

Step 3

Look down at your cupped hand. Place your right index finger alongside your eye.

Step 4

Pull the corner of your eye outward by applying pressure on your index finger. Blink. The hard contact lens should pop out, into your cupped hand.

Step 5

Repeat this procedure with your left eye, cupping your right hand under the eye and tugging at the corner of the eye with the left index finger.


Your contact may not pop out if your eyes are too dry. Use wetting drops in your eye before you attempt to remove the contact if this is a problem for you.

Always insert and remove your contacts in the same order, to help you keep track of which contact goes in which eye, since the prescriptions for each eye may be different.

Always clean your contacts and store them in wetting solution in a case after you remove them from your eye.

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