Eye care: What to do if your contact lens gets lost in your eye

What to do if you lose your constact lens in your eye.
Many people who wear contact lenses eventually do get their contact lost in their eye. Getting it out can be relatively simple, if you know what to do.

First, make sure the contact really is lost in your eye. Search the entire area around you to make sure that it hasn’t fallen without you realizing it. Sometimes people poke and prod their eyes for several minutes, then discover the contact has been on the floor or stuck to their clothing the entire time. Avoid this by carefully checking the surrounding area and your own clothing. Contacts will usually cling to clothing if they happen to fall on it; or will fall to the floor. If you need to, remove your other contact lense (if you have one in already) and put your glasses on. Lack of depth perception through wearing only one contact doesn’t help!

Eye care: What to do if your contact lens gets lost in your eye

Once you have determined that the contact is NOT anywhere around you, see if it’s lost if your eye (of course, if you can feel it in there, you may know this right off – however, it’s not always possible to feel it).

First, close your eye and use the pad of your index finger to stroke gently over the lid. If the contact is bunched up inside your eye lid, then this will smooth it out. You’ll know it worked if you open your eye and you can suddenly see! If you can’t, but you can feel the contact, then try this again, while moving your eye back and forth, up and down, as you smooth your eyelid. This gives the contact a greater surface to move over, and may help it settle down better.

If you find the contact this way, remove it if it’s at all uncomfortable and wash it, then try putting it back in. If it’s gotten torn, throw it out.

If you still can’t find the contact, roll your eye upwards and use your finger (make sure your hands are clean) and run it along the bottom of your eye, pulling the lid down and searching for the contact. Then, pull at the corner of your eyes as look in the opposite direction. Pick your eyelid up and pull it away from your eye, and try to blink (but don’t let yourself). Move your eye around as you do this.

It’s virtually impossible to PERMANENTLY lose a contact in your eye. But if you’re SURE the contact is in your eye and you can’t get it out (within a reasonable amount of time – when your eye becomes red and sore to the softest touch, it’s time to stop), go see your doctor. If this happens, you’ll probably be wearing glasses for awhile to let your eye heal (if it’s only red and sensitive, this might just be a couple hours).

You will get your contact out eventually. It’s common for people to lose contacts in their eye at one point or another. To prevent it from happening, be careful when you put your contacts in. If you blink in the middle of trying to put it in (before it’s settled), it may be more likely to get lost. Some people need to look up when they put contacts in (they are designed to shift with your eyes, and will settle themselves in the proper location, no matter where you first put them in). Others can simply look straight at the contact and still get it in all right. Eye doctors usually tell you to look straight at it; this doesn’t work for everyone. Finding a better method of putting them in might prevent you from losing your contacts in your eye in the first place – usually.

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