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How to Remove Contact Lenses with Long Nails Safely

How to Remove Contact Lenses with Long Nails Safely - EyeCandys

Gorgeous long nails and stunning color contacts can coexist in harmony with just a bit of savvy. If you've ever found yourself struggling to remove your lenses safely without having your manicure tear them, we've got the ultimate guide for you. Here's how to keep your nails long and your vision clear.

Before diving into the techniques, remember: cleanliness is queen. Washing and drying your hands thoroughly is a must before touching your eyes or lenses. This step is crucial for preventing any unwanted guests (read: bacteria) from crashing your eye health party.

The Knuckle Pinch Technique

The knuckle pinch method is like the secret handshake of the long-nailed lens-wearing community. Here's how:

  1. Look upwards to create some space below your iris.
  2. Using your knuckles (not your fingertips or nails), lightly press the lower part of the lens and slide it sideways and downward towards the white of your eyes.  
  3. Using your knuckles again, gently pinch the lens out. The lens should easily detach from your eye without you having to put your nails near them!

Here's a handy video demonstrating the Knuckle Pinch Technique:

EyeCandys Contact Lens Applicator Tool Kit

Enter the stage: the EyeCandys applicator tool kit. This little hero, with its soft, silicone tips, is about to become your go-to for inserting and removing lenses, especially when you're rocking those fabulous nails. And the best part? We give any order over $40 this tool kit for free. 😉

Our tool kit comes with a pair of tweezers and a silicone-tipped applicator that resembles a mini toilet plunger. Take the lens out of the vial or contacts case using the tweezers. Place it the right-side up (the lens should be bowl-shaped and the edges should not flare out) onto the tip of the applicator. Then just use the applicator to lightly touch the lens to your eye. It should immediately adhere to your eye without much effort (just it would if you were using your finger pads). Here's a handy video showing this:

Nail Length: To Trim or Not to Trim?

We get it; your nails are part of your look. While trimming them might seem like an easy fix, it's not the only solution. It’s about adapting your routine without sacrificing your style.

Seeking Sage Advice

If you're experiencing consistent trouble or discomfort, it’s time to consult with your eye care professional. They can offer personalized advice and alternative solutions tailored to your needs.

Consider Daily Lenses

For an even simpler routine, why not consider daily disposable lenses? They offer the ultimate convenience, and there’s no need for removal at the end of the night. As always, chat with your eye care provider to see if they're a good fit for you.


Adapting to these methods may take a little practice, but they promise to keep your eye care routine in harmony with your personal style. Whether it's the pad pinch or the use of an applicator tool, the key is finding what works best for you.

Long nails and color contacts can indeed coexist smoothly. With these techniques, you're well-equipped to handle your lenses with care, ensuring your eyes — much like your nails — remain a focal point of your unique expression.

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Olivia Pauline

Olivia Pauline

Olivia Pauline has been navigating the world of vision correction for as long as she can remember. With a deep appreciation for both functionality and style, Olivia seamlessly switches between...

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The information in this post and all EyeCandys blog content is intended for informational and marketing purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. EyeCandys does not offer professional healthcare advice or practice medicine, optometry, or any other healthcare profession. Always consult with your ophthalmologist, optometrist or a qualified healthcare provider for any medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or questions regarding a medical condition.