How to Take Out Hard Contacts If They Are Stuck

Updated April 17, 2017

At times, hard contact lenses may become stuck to your eyes due to dryness or extended periods of use. Also called gas permeable lenses, hard contacts can provide clearer vision than soft lenses but they can be harder to remove. Hard contacts are also smaller than soft contacts, which makes them harder to grab. If your hard contacts become stuck in your eyes, do not panic and follow the steps below to remove the lenses.

Wash your hands with to prevent any dirt or bacteria to get into your eyes. Try to use a fragrance-free soap to avoid irritation.

Position your body over a flat surface. Stand over a bathroom counter or dresser so your contacts won't fall onto the floor by accident.

Add a couple drops of solution to wet your eyes and then rub your eyes gently. Your contacts may be stuck due to dryness.

Try to remove your contact lenses. If you want to take out your right lens, cup your left hand underneath your eye to catch the contact once it falls out. Then, place your right index finger on the right side of your eye and pull the skin taut. Blink a few times. The contact should fall into your cupped hand. Repeat the steps for your left eye.

Use a miniature suction cup (or plunger) to take out your lenses if they are still stuck. Miniature suction cups can be very effective in removing hard contacts that are stuck. First, wet the suction cup with some contact solution. Second, place the cup over your contact lens. Third, remove the lens and place it in your contact case. \n\nYou should have received a mini suction cup from your optometrist when you first obtained your contact lenses. If you lost this device or did not receive one, you can purchase it at your local drugstore.


If your hard contacts become chipped or broken, do not put them in your eyes. See your optometrist to acquire new lenses.\n\nMiniature suction cups should be used only for hard contact lenses, not soft ones.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap\nWater\nContact solution\nContact case
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A native of Washington, D.C., Caroline Tung Richmond has worked as a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles have appeared in both print and online publications such as the "Baltimore Sun," "Highlights" and She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University.