How to Remove Contact Lenses With Long Nails

by mommadechic
Take Out Contacts With Long Finger Nails

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Flashback to 2008-ish. I was around 14 years old and dying to shed my shy, geek status. I set out to accomplish that goal by ridding myself of glasses and getting contacts. 

Off to the optometrist I went and when I was unable to get the contacts in and out myself at my appointment they sent me home with some overnight lenses to practice with. 

After two weeks of practicing for hours everyday I was still unable to get those suckers out. Gross, huh? Well the Doc thought so too and an appointment was made so that the eye doctor could take them out for me and I would go back to my trusty glasses. 

But in the immortal words of Marilyn Monroe, “Guys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses.”

That was not going to me! I made a last ditch effort and finally conquered the contact lenses. 

Having contacts didn’t make me any less shy and boys didn’t make passes but the victory was still momentous and some confidence was gained. 

Unable to Remove Contacts with Long Nails

How To Take Out Contacts With Long Nails

I’ve now had contacts for over 15 years and have gotten mostly used to touching my eyes on the daily.  But there is one thing I was never able to solve — how to remove contact lenses when you have long nails.

To be honest I didn’t worry about this for a long while. The square and squoval shapes that were popular during my high school years never had any appeal to me. 

Fast forward to the present day however and I am in love with the ballerina/coffin nails. 

And so I have been facing a dilemma for the past couple of years…how to get my coveted nails without ripping my cornea off every night?

I practiced with press on nails but always had to end up either cutting them or removing them completely at bedtime. I tried lots of different finger holds but just couldn’t get a good grip.

The Q-Tip Method for Removing Contacts with Acrylic Nails

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Then as fate would have it I came across the q-tip method for removing contacts.


The Q-tip method is so simple and goes as follows:

Grab an earbud and bend it

How To Take My Contacts Out With Acrylic Nails

I bend mine into three roughly equal pieces — two sides and a center.

Dip Q-tip in contact solution

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This step is optional but wetting your q-tip first will help keep fuzz off your lenses.

Pinch to Remove Contact Lenses

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Bring the q-tip up to your eye and pinch as though you were using your fingers. This does take a little practice to get the motion and angle right but is so easy once you get the hang of it.

Give yourself a pat on the back, you’ve successfully removed your contact lenses with long nails.

Take Out Contact Lenses With Q-Tip

Head over to the opposite eyeball, repeat, and relax. You’re all done.

Speaking of acrylic nails….

I’ve been practicing a new technique for doing your own acrylics at home.

Dip Nails!

That’s what you see me modeling in these photos. Obviously I have a lot of practice to get them actually looking good but I can’t wait to master the technique and show you all how to do them. And maybe also teach you to avoid some of the pitfalls that I’m currently figuring out!

This also leads me to one of my biggest nail style tips. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — nude nails! They match everything and if you do a crappy job (cough, cough) or they start to chip it is way less noticeable than if you had used a dark or bright color.

How To Take Out Contacts With Long Acrylic Nails

Well folks, that’s all for today but I hope that this is helpful for some of you and let me know in the comments if you want to learn to do dip nails!?!

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Jennifer August 2, 2020 - 5:55 am

Try Polygel for the nails. You can get a starter kit on amazon for about $30 that comes with everything. Super easy to use (slight learning curve) and pretty amazing results.

mommadechic August 21, 2020 - 7:00 pm

Thanks for the idea! I will have to look into Polygel 🙂

Lesley September 10, 2020 - 7:03 am

I wanted to thank you for posting this tip. I have found it very useful!

mommadechic September 11, 2020 - 11:37 pm

I’m so glad you found it helpful! It was a total game-changer for me!


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