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What To Do If Your Contact Lens Gets Stuck In Your Eye

Getting a contact lens stuck in your eye is a very common, albeit alarming problem. You might have been simply rubbing your eyes and forced your contact to the side, or you might have accidentally slept in your contacts and woken up with one of them no longer visible in your eye. If this happens, don't panic. Follow these steps to get your contact out of your eye in the shortest time possible.

1. Rinse Out Your Eye

The first step is for you to rinse out your eye. You can either use a saline solution or you can just use your contact lens solution because it will definitely be sterile. Tilt your head back and hold open the eye that has the contact lens stuck in it. Start pouring the saline solution or your contact lens cleaning solution into your eye. Pour the solution into your eye for several seconds. Then, close your eyelid and put your finger on the outside of your upper eyelid. Start moving your finger around your upper lid carefully and gently. Do not put a lot of pressure on your eye or else you could damage it. Try to feel for the approximate location of the contact.

2. Blink

Open your eyes and start to blink rapidly. Do this for at least ten seconds in order to see if you can loosen your contact lens. If your contact does not come out, open your eye wide and start to rinse it out again. Follow the steps above and continue blinking until the contact come out. You need to make sure that your contact lens is moisturized so that it is slippery enough for it to come out on its own. This can take time. Don't panic.

3. Remove the Lens

Once any part of the lens comes to the front of your eye, put a finger on it and slowly move it over so that enough of it is in front of your eye for you to grab comfortably. Remove the contact and store it in a solution for a few minutes in order to give it time to come back to its normal shape and to get enough moisture in it so that it doesn't get stuck again. 

For more information about what you should do if your lens gets stuck or for tips on how to avoid this situation in the future, talk to an optometrist like Robert A. Marini, OD.