Removing Your Contact Lenses

As you follow these steps, remember to go slow and be gentle. Just like when you put your lenses in, always start with the same side, right or left. This will help avoid switching your right and left lenses.

And always wash your hands first!

Step 1:
Stand in front of a well-lit mirror.

Step 2:
Look upward.

Step 3:
Using your non-dominant hand, raise your upper eyelid away from your eye with your index finger.

Step 4:
With your dominant hand, use your middle finger to pull your lower eyelid down.

Step 5:
With the tips of your index finger and thumb, gently squeeze the lens to pull it down and away from your eye. Don’t squeeze so hard that it folds or pinches.

Step 6:
Place the lens in the palm of your other hand and cup that hand slightly. Squeeze fresh multipurpose lens solution onto the surface of the lens. See Caring for Your Contact Lenses for more details on how to clean and disinfect your lenses.

Step 7:
If you’re using contact lenses meant to be worn for multiple days before replacement, make sure you put them in a case that has “L” for left and “R” for right clearly marked, so you don’t mix them up. Follow the instructions that came with your cleaning and disinfecting solution.

You’ll be a contact lens pro in no time. But just in case you need some help at first, these tips can make removing your contact lenses easier:

  • If your lens is difficult to remove, try a few rewetting drops into your eye. Dry eyes can make removing the lens harder.
  • Sliding the lens toward the white of your eye and/or toward your lower eyelid can make it easier to remove. The lens and the colored part of your eye are the same shape, which helps the lens stay in place. Moving the lens toward the white of your eye can help separate it from your eye for easier removal.
  • New lenses take some time to get used to. Don’t rush. Take your time when first removing new lenses.
  • If the edges of your lens stick together, add a drop of fresh lens solution and gently rub the lens in your palm until the edges separate.

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Caring for Your Contact Lenses

Cleaning and disinfecting your contact lenses with multipurpose solution

Cleaning and disinfecting your lenses is one of the most important things you can do. Improper handling and cleaning of contact lenses is a major source of eye infections and other problems. So make cleaning and disinfecting them part of your daily routine when you remove your lenses at the end of the day.

Of course, if you’ve chosen daily disposable lenses, you can skip all of this!

Step 1:
Once you have the lens out and in the palm of your hand, cup your hand slightly and squeeze fresh contact lens solution onto the surface of the lens. Follow the instructions on your multipurpose solution for how many drops you should use.

Step 2:
Rub the lens in this small pool of cleaner. Follow the directions on your multipurpose solution for how long to rub and rinse your lenses. Make sure you are getting both sides of the lens clean.

Step 3:
Put the lens in your storage case, cover it with more fresh lens solution, then cap it. You should follow your multipurpose solution's instructions on how long to soak your lenses to disinfect them.

And that’s it! Always keep your lenses in their case and covered with fresh lens solution when you’re not using them.

Taking care of your lenses

Contact lenses are delicate, but they’re also highly precise medical devices. You have to treat them with some care to get the most out of them. 

  • Always wear your lenses on the schedule that your eye care professional prescribed. Trying to stretch them for longer wear periods is bad for your lenses and your eyes.
  • Be gentle! Today’s soft contact lenses can tear. If one of yours does, throw it away. When you’re handling your lenses, don’t squeeze them, and watch out for anything that can snag them, like jewelry or a fingernail.
  • Use fresh contact lens solution every time. Not tap water. Not used solution. And definitely not your saliva. Using only fresh solution will minimize the risk of germs and other contaminants getting on your lenses.
  • Rub and rinse, even on so-called “rub-free” care systems. Following the lens solution directions, clean and disinfect your lenses in fresh solution, rinse in fresh solution, then rub and rinse again in more fresh solution. Research shows this is still the best way to keep them clean. If you are using a solution that contains peroxide, always follow the instructions and read the warnings and precautions on the bottle or box. Never put peroxide solution directly in your eye.
  • Rinse out your lens case with lens solution after every use, then leave it uncapped and upside down in a clean, dry place when you’re wearing your lenses. The American Optometric Association recommends replacing your case every 3 months.

And as always, Kim's Optical is your best source of information and help. Always follow his or her instructions, as well as the instruction insert that came with your lenses, the directions on your lens case, and the instructions on your contact lens solution. They all work together to keep your lenses, and your eyes, in the best possible shape.

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How to Put Your Contact Lenses In

Before you put your lenses in for the first time:

  • Always keep your glasses with you. You may sometimes need to give your eyes a break from your contact lenses and you’ll want your glasses handy.
  • Stock up on contact lens solution. You don’t want to wait until the end of the day to find out that you’re out of solution. And never use water to clean your lenses! It can contaminate them and harm your eyes.
  • Always wash your hands with a plain soap and dry them thoroughly first. This will make your lenses easier to handle and will prevent them from being smudged or contaminated with germs. Look for a soap that says “oil-free.”
  • Don’t ignore discomfort. If your lens causes pain, this can mean a speck of debris is on your lens or another problem. Always remove the lens, clean and disinfect it, and check it for scratches or tears before reinserting it.

5 steps to putting in your lenses


Step 1:
Remember, always wash your hands first.
Washing your hands with an oil-free soap can prevent germs from getting on your lenses and also help keep them free from smudges or oily film.


Step 2:
Start with the same eye every time.
Just like lenses in your glasses, your left and right contact lenses are made differently to give you the best possible vision correction for each eye. Always start with the same lens every time so that you don’t accidentally switch them. Tip: If you’re right-handed, start with the right lens. If you’re left-handed, go lefty first.

Step 3:
Scoop the lens out carefully.
Put the lens on the end of your finger and hold it up to the light so you can see it clearly. Is it curved upward like a bowl? Then you’re almost there! Check it for tears or scratches, clean and disinfect it with lens solution, and you’re ready.

Step 4:
Insert the lens.
Use your free hand to hold up your upper eyelid. Use the middle finger of the hand holding your lens to pull your lower eyelid down. Holding the lens on the tip of your index finger, place it on your eye. Once inserted, look from side to side to position the lens over the colored part of your eye. Make sure the lens is comfortably seated on your eye, so it doesn’t pop out.

Step 5:
Now blink and you’re done.
Just blink naturally and take a look in the mirror. If everything looks and feels okay, enjoy your glasses-free, clear vision and go about your day!

Putting in contact lenses is not a natural thing to do at first. If you’re having trouble, remember these tips:

  • Contact lenses can be sticky. If your fingertip is wet, your lens may stick to it instead of your eye. Try drying your finger on your wrist so that the lens will release easily. On the other hand, if your eye is dry, the lens may not stick to it. Use 1 or 2 rewetting drops in your eyes and try inserting the lens again.
  • Be sure you’re keeping both eyes open while putting your lenses in. Closing one eye can be tempting as you try to focus on what you’re doing, but your eyes work together. Closing one will cause the other to narrow, leaving less room to get that lens in there.
  • Pay attention to what your eyes are telling you. Discomfort can be a sign that your lens isn’t properly inserted, that there’s a bit of debris on the lens, or that your eye isn’t getting the amount of oxygen it needs. If you do feel discomfort, remove the lens, check it for tears or scratches, then clean and disinfect it and reinsert it. If discomfort persists, stop wearing the lenses and talk with your eye care professional.

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