Changing your eye colour for the day is a fun and simple way to give your look that extra oomph! Many people don’t realise that color contacts aren’t just for Halloween and there are hundreds of colors and styles to try.

If you’re new to wearing non-prescription colour contact lenses, then putting them in and taking them out can be a bit of a daunting process. Even for people who wear contact lenses frequently, removing them can seem fiddly! Here’s our guide on how to successfully remove the lenses once you’ve finished wearing them and remember; practice makes perfect so the more you wear your lenses the easier it will get.

Steps to Remove Your Contact Lenses

  • What you’ll need:
  • A Mirror
  • Lens Solution
  • Lens Case
  • Step 1: Before you remove your contact lenses, remember to wash your hands with warm soapy water. It’s extremely important to make sure your hands are clean before handling your lenses and this applies to both putting them in and taking them out.
  • Step 2:Make sure you have a well-lit mirror to look into while you take your lenses out. Bathroom mirrors are great, but in case your roomie is in there - you can always use a mirror in your room!
  • Step 3: Standing or sitting in front of your mirror, look upwards and tilt your head back slightly.
  • Step 4: With your non-dominant hand (so left hand, if you’re right handed - right hand, if you’re left handed) use your index finger to pull your eyelid up.
  • Step 5: Now comes the balancing act! Use the middle finger of your dominant hand to hold your lower eyelid down.
  • Step 6: Hovering over your eye, pinch your dominant hand’s index finger and thumb and gently squeeze the lens so that you can simply lift it out of your eye. This part might take you a couple of times if it is your first time removing lenses - but don’t panic! Just try again and you’ll soon get the hang of it.
  • Step 7: If your lenses have a lifespan of a month, 90 days or a year then you'll want to keep them safe and clean for the next time you use them. Clean your lens with solution before placing it into solution in your color contact lens case and screwing on the blue cap.
  • Step 8: Now repeat on the other eye!

What to do if you Can’t remove your contact lenses?

If you’re new to removing contact lenses and are having trouble taking them out then the important thing is not to panic. Here’s some tips on how to get them out a little easier:

  • Tip 1: Try sliding the lens to the white part of your eye and try the step-by-step process with it on this part of your eye.
  • Tip 2: Try to pull the troublesome lens towards your lower eyelid . This can help to lift it off the surface of your eye if it’s getting a little stuck.
  • Tip 3: Sometimes eyes can be dry and this causes contact lenses to want to stay put. Using eye drops can make it easier to lift the lens from your eye.

Color Contact tips to Remember:

Never sleep in your contacts and always take them out before you go to bed. You could risk getting an eye infection if you leave your colour contacts in overnight.

If you’re worried about putting lenses in then go to your optician. They can show you how to put your lenses in and take them out as well as advising about proper care for your color contact lenses.