Contact Stuck or Lost in Your Eye: What You Should to Do

Last updated on April 4th, 2017 at 04:31 pm

Having a contact stuck in the eye happens to nearly all contact lens users eventually. Getting rid of a stuck contact lens is easy once you find out a couple of suggestions.

And do not fret– a contact lens can not get lost behind your eye.

Removing A Soft Contact Lens Stuck In The Eye

Typically, the contact stuck in the eye is a soft lens. The first step is to wash your hands thoroughly. Then identify the location of the contact lens in your eye.

If the contact stuck in your eye is appropriately fixated your cornea, the lens has probably dried. This in some cases happens if you go to sleep while using your contact lenses.

In this case, rinse the stuck contact and your eye for a couple of seconds with a constant stream of sterile saline, multipurpose contact lens solution or contact lens rewetting drops. Then close your eye and gently massage your upper lid till you feel the lens relocation.

If the lens remains stuck, repeat this washing step numerous times, blinking often after each rinse to assist the lens move. It might take numerous rinses and up to 15 minutes for the lens to end up being rehydrated so it’s movable.

Once the lens moves easily, eliminate it as you generally would.

If your eye feels dry or irritated after eliminating the contact lens, lubricate your eye with sterilized saline or synthetic tears. If your eye stays inflamed or you develop red eyes, see your eye doctor right away. This may be a sign that you have a corneal abrasion that may need medical attention.

If the contact stuck in your eye is off the center of your eye, move your eye in the opposite direction of where you think the lens might be. For example, if you believe the lens is stuck under your upper eyelid, look down.

Contact Stuck or Lost in Your Eye What You Should to Do

Among the simplest solutions to removing your contacts successfully is to buy a contact lens eliminator, which are economical, and can be purchased at AC Lens. Elimination not only can help eliminate contacts, but also avoid lens tearing, which can cause lens pieces getting stuck at the top of the eyelid.

Carefully massage your eyelid and blink frequently to move the lens to the center of your eye so you can remove it. If required, rinse your eye with sterilized saline, multipurpose solution or rewetting drops to loosen up the lens.

If an off-center soft contact lens remains stuck far behind your eyelid, attempt putting a new contact lens on the eye and blink typically. This can assist “draw out” the stuck lens to the center of the eye where it can be quickly gotten rid of.

Eliminating A GP Contact Lens Stuck In The Eye

If the contact stuck in your eye is a gas permeable contact lens, the elimination method is different. You want to prevent rubbing your eyelid, as this may cause the rigid gas permeable (GP) lens to abrade the eye.

If the lens is stuck on the white of the eye, use the pad of your fingertip to carefully push your eye simply outside the edge of the lens to break the suction that is keeping the contact stuck in the eye.

Another alternative is to use a small “suction cup” device sold in the contact lens care area of drug stores. Carefully press the concave end of this device onto the center of the GP lens, and it will stick to the lens. Then gently pull the lens off the surface of your eye.

When The Contact Stuck In Your Eye Will not Come Out

If none of these methods work, call your eye doctor immediately to arrange to have the doctor or a member of his/her personnel get rid of the lens for you.

Alik Muradov (Eyexan Team Member) / author of the article
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