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Ever have a Contact Lens Stuck in Your Eye?

You Are Not Alone.

It is not uncommon to have a contact lens stuck in your eye, especially among new contact lens wearers. We are always willing to help, should you ever experience an eye emergency and need our help with your contact lenses.

eye dropperLet’s first debunk the myth that a contact lens can move behind your eye. Don’t worry, this cannot happen. Below, we will discuss some tips for how to remove your “lost” contact lens.

  1. Do not rub your eye.
  2. Before you attempt to remove the lens, wash your hands thoroughly.
  3. By gently feeling around your eye, try to determine the location of the contact lens.
  4. If the contact is located in the center of your eye:

a) Rinse your eye for a few moments with a steady stream of saline solution, multipurpose contact lens solution or rewetting drops. Do NOT use water from the tap. This will rehydrate the lens and facilitate its removal.

b) Then, close your eyes and gently massage your eye until you begin to feel the lens move. Frequently blink after each rinse. And it may take a few attempts before the lens comes out.

c) Once you have located the lens and it moves around freely, remove it as you normally would.

5. If the contact is off-center:

a) Follow the rinse instructions above.

b) Move your eye in the opposite direction of where you think the lens actually is.

c) Massage your eyelid to help the contact move to the center of the eye

If none of the above are successful, or you are experiencing eye pain or red eyes, then contact us immediately to have one of our eye doctors remove the contact lens for you.

Brampton Vision Centre

Call: 888-981-9724

Mississauga Vision Centre

Call: 888-658-5141