What To Do When Your Contact Lens Is Stuck

by Heather Creekmore on June 4, 2013

stuck-contactHave you ever tried to take out your contact lens and found it glued to your eyeball?

Or, worse, have you ever had your lens move somewhere in your eye where you couldn’t see or find it?

The first time both of these situations happened to me–I’ll be honest–I panicked a bit.  I worried that there was something terribly wrong with my eye and it would never come out.  That it would be stuck in there forever or that I’d have to go have something serious done to my eyeball in order to get it removed. (Perhaps I tend to overreact).

Now that I’ve got a few (say almost 20) more years of contact lens wearing experience under my belt though, I know how to handle this challenging contacts situation when it arises.

So here are a few tips from this experienced lens wearer:

Stay Calm and Stay Clean:

Relax your eyes, trying to blink a lot to restore moisture. Clean your hands well with soap and water.

Use Saline:

Part of the reason lenses get stuck to your eye is because of dryness.  For me, it happens most often when I try to take my lenses out right after a shower.  The tap water gets in my eyes and actually dries them out (because it lacks the salt content) making my contact feel like it’s glued on my cornea.  The easiest thing to do is to just put a steady stream of saline solution right on the lens (or use some rewetting drops if that’s all you have available).  Blink several times or close your eyes for a few seconds and usually the lens will loosen.

Search:

If your lens is off center in your eye and feels like it’s trapped high, low, or off to the side, after you moisten your eye again, try to look in the opposite direction of where you feel the lens may be.  So, if you feel like the lens is trapped high under your lids, try to look down and gently massage your lid downward to see if you can get the lens back to the front of your eyeball again.

Don’t worry, your contact lens cannot go behind your eyeball!

By using these steps, you should be able to safely remove it within a few minutes.  Your optometrist at your closest America’s Best can help you if this is a frequent problem.

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