Getting Contact Lenses Stuck in the Eye

Many new contact lens wearers worry about getting the lenses stuck behind their eyes. While lenses can become dislodged and get stuck under your eyelid, it's impossible for your lenses to get stuck entirely behind your eyes.

One of the easiest solutions to removing your contacts effectively is to buy a contact lens remover. Removers not only help remove the contacts, but can also prevent the lens from tearing, which can lead to lens fragments getting stuck at the top of the eyelid.

Facts and Myths of Getting Lenses Stuck

  • Fact: Contact lenses CAN get dislodged from your eye.
    This typically happens due to some type of physical contact. Occasionally, torn contacts my leave a small piece of the lens in your eye.
  • Myth: Contact lenses can get stuck behind your eye permanently.
    Contacts can get stuck under your eyelid, but it's not possible for them to go behind your eye, as your eyelids actually connect with your eye itself forming a barrier that prevents objects from going "behind" your eye.
  • Fact: Contact Lenses can remain in your eye for extended durations.
    While this is very rare, some people may get a lens fragment or a lens stuck under their eyelid without realizing it. Lenses typically can be removed from beneath your eyelids by rinsing out your eyes with solution and by massaging your eyelids until the lens pops free.
  • Myth: Lenses stuck in your eye is a serious health risk.
    While having a lens stuck in your eye for a long period of time isn't good for you, it typically won't cause your eye any harm outside some mild irritation, and the sensation of having a foreign object in your eye. If you are having trouble removing your lens, talk to your eye doctor for assistance.

How to Remove a Contact Lens Stuck in Your Eye

  1. Apply rewetting drops to your eye. Be liberal with the drops as the more moisture increases the chance that the lens will dislodge from your eyelid.
  2. Massage the upper and lower portions of your eyelid until the lens dislodges. This may take a bit of work, and it's important not to use force on your eyes.
  3. Gently grab your eyelid and turn it inside out. Look in the mirror for any lens fragments and carefully remove them. Rinse your eyes with saline solution afterwards.
  4. See your eye doctor if the above techniques do not work. It's important to note that your lens may have fallen out without noticing if you do not feel anything foreign in your eyes.