What should I do if a contact lens gets stuck in my eye?

What should I do if a contact lens gets stuck in my eye featured

Stay calm and avoid panicking

Getting a contact lens stuck in your eye can be a distressing experience, but it is important to stay calm and avoid panicking. Panicking can cause your eye to produce more tears, making it harder to find and remove the stuck lens.

Wash your hands thoroughly

Before attempting to remove the contact lens, it is crucial to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. This will help prevent any bacteria or dirt on your hands from transferring to your eye and causing an infection.

Try lubricating eye drops

If the contact lens is stuck, you can try using lubricating eye drops to help loosen the lens. Tilt your head back and place a few drops of the lubricating eye drops in your affected eye. Blink several times to distribute the drops and wait for a few minutes to see if the lens becomes easier to remove.

Use the “blink and slide” technique

If the lubricating eye drops do not work, you can try using the “blink and slide” technique to dislodge the contact lens. Look in the mirror and hold your eyelid open with one hand. With the other hand, blink rapidly and move your eye in various directions. The blinking and sliding motion may help the contact lens move or dislodge.

Seek medical help if necessary

If all attempts to remove the stuck contact lens fail or if you experience severe pain or discomfort, it is best to seek medical help from an eye care professional. They have the expertise and tools to safely remove the lens without causing any further damage to your eye.

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