Getting a contact lens stuck in your eye happens occasionally and can be uncomfortable and irritating. Here are some quick and easy solutions for releasing a troublesome lens. It is normal when you first start wearing contacts to have a little bit of trouble inserting and removing them. Here are some common questions regarding getting a lens stuck in your eye and how to deal with it. If you fall asleep in your lenses, avoid pulling the lens out right away.
How to Remove a Stuck Soft Contact Lens
What happens if contacts get stuck in eye?
But even if you wear your contact lenses correctly, you may experience challenges at some point when trying to remove them. The most popular type of contact lens is called a soft contact lens. Soft contact lenses tend to be more comfortable and easier to wear than other kinds of lenses. This lens consists of a soft, flexible plastic that lets air flow into the eye. Most are made from a material called silicone hydrogel, which lets as much air flow to the eye as possible.
Removing a stuck soft contact lens
Are you a student? While it's easy to insert and remove contact lenses after sufficient practice, occasionally, you may have one that seems stuck. The first time this happens, you might be alarmed. Before you attempt to remove your stuck contact lens, stop! Yes, you need to wash your hands. Do so in a thorough fashion and dry your hands on a lint-free towel. You want to make sure that contaminants don't add to the existing issue. Most times, the contact gets stuck while centered on your cornea.
Read our important medical disclaimer. Contact lenses can often become displaced. The first step is to be sure the contact lens is still on the eye. The contact lens can fall out of the eye and it may be assumed that it has merely moved under the eyelid. It is important to note also that the contact lens can only go as far as the crease in the conjunctiva under the upper eyelids and it cannot go behind your eye. To remove the lens you should first wash your hand carefully and relax the eyelid and see if you can feel the lens through the eyelid. It may help to apply some sterile saline or artificial tears to help float the contact lens out from under the eyelid. If a corner of the lens can be visualized in a mirror you can use a finger to slide it back down over the cornea where it can be removed normally. If the lens is suspected to be under the upper eyelid, it may also help to bring the lens in to view by looking downward as far as possible.