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Best Ways to Remove Contact Lenses Quickly

Elsie Goycoolea
By Elsie Goycoolea. Updated: August 31, 2020
Best Ways to Remove Contact Lenses Quickly

One of the benefits of wearing contact lenses is that you can put them on just after you wake up and forget about them for the rest of the day. However, you still need to remember to remove your contact lenses before you go to sleep at the end of the day. While some people claim that they sleep with their contact lenses on, it is still recommended that you remove them in the evening so that you can rest your eyes properly and avoid conjunctivitis. When you are tired at night you want to remove your contact lenses quickly and there are several ways you can hit the hay faster.

On this OneHowTo article we share the best ways to remove contact lenses quickly for those nights where you just want to go to bed.

Steps to follow:


The first and most important step to remove contact lenses quickly is that you wash your hands prior to removing your contacts and that you have your contact lens case along with your contacts lens solution on your countertop. You don’t want to remove your contact lenses and then run around with your contacts on your fingers looking for the case.


Whenever you are ready, pour some drops of the solution in your eyes. That way you are hydrating your eye and already starting to clean your lenses. It is useful to do this process with your face looking up and in front of a mirror.

Best Ways to Remove Contact Lenses Quickly - Step 2

There are several quick ways to remove your contact lenses. The first way is by using your fingers to gently grab the contact lens. With your non-dominant hand use your index and thumb finger in the form of a C-shape to open up your eye. Then use your index finger and thumb finger of your dominant hand to gently pinch the contact lens. It will very easily stick to your fingers.


If you have long nails or if you don’t have double-jointed fingers, you may be better off trying a technique that doesn’t risk you scratching or damaging your cornea. For this method, you still have to open your eye as in the previous step but since you are only using this hand you can use your dominant index and thumb finger. First pull up your upper eyelid and then pull down your lower eyelid. Then slowly start to exercise some pressure while you close your eyelids so that the contact lens "pops out" as a result of the squeezing motion.


Once you remove each contact lens pour some solution on your contact lens case and then pour some drops on your lens. After you remove both lenses close the lid and keep them by your sink so you can quickly put on your contact lenses in the morning.

If you are using disposable contact lenses you can skip this process and proceed to throw away the lenses. The next day you will have to use a new pair of lenses.

Best Ways to Remove Contact Lenses Quickly - Step 5

As you get used to wearing contact lenses you will see how you will eventually put them on and remove them faster after some practice. If you have all your equipment clean and ready you will also win over some time.

There you have some quick and easy techniques to remove your contact lenses.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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