I Think I Got a Contact Stuck in My Eye–Now What?

I Think I Got a Contact Stuck in My Eye–Now What?

They may stick to the inside of your eye and fold in like tacos, and then disappear beneath your eyelids. They can slide in, slide, or splash.

However, in reality, they shouldn’t. If this is the case with your contact lenses, then something is not right. Contact lenses should be able to float over your eyeball, and slide a tiny bit with each blink, but generally, they should remain in line with your eyeball. You should be able to see them and remove them with ease.

If not initially, don’t put the lens back in. According to a recently published BMJ piece an eye doctor in Britain was forced to undergo cataract surgery delayed because doctors discovered 27, or contact lenses, inside her eye which is not only alarming but also increases the risk of developing a bacteria-related infection. This is what you can do to avoid it.

Help me fix my contact!

If you are able to detect your contact lens but it’s not moving the contact may have become dry and lost elasticity. This is usually due to having slept or snoozed with your lenses on or weren’t taking proper treatment of your lenses. “You have a little gap where the eyes don’t close all the way, and a little bit of air comes in,” Explains Kim Le, MD, an ophthalmologist for children at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

This air causes dry contact lenses and strips their elasticity which could leave contacts stuck to the eyeball, she claims. However, even if the contact lens is moistened, if it’s not fitting properly-like if it’s too tight-it could be difficult to remove she says.

So, how do you remove a contact lens from your eye? Don’t attempt to remove the lens out, as this could scratch the cornea. Instead, you should moisten your eyes until the contact becomes easy to remove. “Use some rewetting drops or artificial tears that are made for contact lens wearers to try to float the lens and lubricate the eye so you can remove it safely and comfortably,” states Thomas Steinemann, MD, the clinical spokesperson of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

If none of this works consult an eye health specialist. It’s best to consult one regarding getting new lenses that will fit better is, of course, you’ll promise to not rest for a while.

Help–my contact disappeared!

But what happens if the contact lens just disappears? You can discern if the contact lens remains in your eye by looking in the region of your eye where the dark and white parts meet as advised by Dr. Le. If you’re still not able to notice it, turn your eyelids upwards to see whether it’s hidden there Try using saline drops to rid it. (Your contact lenses won’t get “lost” behind your eye due to the structure of your eyelid and eye therefore keep looking and rinse. If you are unable to locate the contact lens or remove it, contact the eye specialist.)


Usually, the eyes and you will be fine. However, not all the time. “Contact lens-related problems are rare, but they [can be] devastating,” claims Rajiv Shah, MD, an assistant professor of ophthalmology and ophthalmology, at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. An example of this is a woman who was a regular user of sleeping with contacts who eventually developed a corneal ulcer and was forced to postpone her honeymoon, as per the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Fortunately, she was able to keep her vision, but each year, one out of 500 people wearing contacts develops an eye infection, which can lead to being blind, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How to take the best care of your contacts

Contacts that have become stuck or damaged-as well as eye infections can be treated with a little more care. “A lot of people who wear soft lenses wear them with kind of a callous disregard for hygiene or care of the lens,” says Dr. Steinemann. Even if your contact seems extremely comfortable, it’s still not able to keep up with the demands. Contact lenses worn by more than 90% of those who wear contacts require a regular routine. Don’t keep your contacts in your eyes for more than a day.

“If you over-wear the lens and don’t remove it, there’s a higher chance of buildup on the lens,” Dr. Steinemann. The tears’ proteins can be stuck onto the lens causing irritation to the eye, or making the lens slip or slide down, the doctor adds.

“The cornea is the windshield of the eye,” Dr. Shah. “If you don’t pop out the lens, [the cornea] doesn’t have an opportunity to breathe.”

Remove your contacts before the time of bed, and be sure to wash them in a proper manner put them in your hands with a bit of multi-purpose contact lens solution, and rub them. “Rubbing the lens is a good thing,” advises Dr. Steinemann. “You’re taking the grime off the surface.”

Then, fill the case of your lenses with fresh solution, and then let your contacts rest while you work. The next morning, you can remove them from the case, clean them in disinfecting solution for your contact lenses, and put them into your eyes.


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