Many times, when someone asks, “Is it possible for contact lenses to get loss inside the eye?” They want to know if a contact lens can detach from the front of the eye and get lost or caught in the back of the eye.
The good news: It is impossible.
The inner layer of the eyelids has a thin, moist coating called the conjunctiva. On the back of the eyelids, the conjunctiva folds back and becomes the outer covering of the white part of the eyeball.
Since, by nature, the conjunctiva is continuous from the eyelids to the eyeball, no object can go behind the eye and get trapped there.
What Should you do if you Think One of Your Contact Lenses is Missing Inside the Eye
If you rub your eyes or get hit in the eye when you are wearing soft contact lenses, a lens could bend in half and separate from the cornea. The folded lens may get stuck under the upper eyelid and appear to be gone.
Generally, if this happens, you will have the sensation of having something in the eye. Vision professionals call this sensation “foreign body sensation.
In Most Cases.
- the Bent Lens will Move to a Position in the Eye Where you can See and Remove it.
- If this occurs, you can find the lens by adding a few drops of contact lens moisturizer and then gently massaging the eyelid with your eye closed. In most cases, the bent lens will move to a position in the eye where you can see and remove the lens.
- If the lens remains folded in half, soak it in a contact lens solution for a few seconds, then gently rub it back to its original shape.
- If you can’t find the “lost” lens with this technique, try gently turning the eyelid from the inside out.
- The finest way to do this is to lay a swab horizontally on the outer side of the eyelid. Then, looking down, hold the lashes, gently pull down on the eyelid and quickly turn the eyelid (inside out), folding it over the swab.
- Keep looking down and tilt your head back. With the other eye open, you should be able to see the folded lens. Carefully move the contact lens while the eyelid is upside down until it moves over the eye so that you can remove it.
- If you cannot remove the lens from your eye with one of these methods, ask someone for help or call your vision health care professional for assistance.
Tips for putting on and taking off contact lenses
- Wash and dry your hands before putting on or taking off contact lenses.
- Any particles in your hands when you touch the lenses could end up in your eyes. Wash your hands with an antibacterial wash and dry them thoroughly before touching your contact lenses.
- Avoid using oil-based or scented creams or soaps before touching lenses, as they could contaminate or stain them with an oily film.
- Always start with the same eye when putting on your lenses.
- When putting on contact lenses, always start with the same eye. This will reduce the chances of confusing the lenses. Yes, just like shoes, the left eye lens and the right eye lens are different.
- Place the contact lens in the palm of your hand.
- Hold the contact lens by placing it in the palm of your hand. Gripping it with your fingers will increase the chances of scratching it with your fingernails. Nails can damage the surface of the lens and are also a nest for bacteria.
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