How to Remove Stuck Contact Lenses
Contact lenses improve your vision without the hassle of eye glasses. However, even the convenience of contact lenses can come with hiccups from time to time. Dealing with stuck contact lenses is something that many people have had to deal with. It can be scary, but stuck contact lenses can be removed with minimal pain.
Why Are They Stuck?
One reason contact lenses become stuck is dry eyes. This can happen if you have worn your lenses too long or if the air is particularly dry. Apply rewetting drops to the eye and allow them to rehydrate your eye before trying to remove the lens. If you try to remove the stuck contact lens with dry eyes, you can irritate your eyes, and might have even more trouble removing it.
Removing Contact Lenses
The first thing to do is stay calm. If you get frustrated, you may have even more trouble getting it out. Your contact lens cannot get stuck behind your eye. It may move toward one side, but it will still be reachable by you. Remember that you will be able to get your contact lens unstuck. It is also important to make sure your hands are clean any time you remove or insert your contact lenses, whether they are stuck or not.
A good way to remove a contact lens that has stuck to your eye is to move it to the lower corner away from your nose, then pinch it with your thumb and forefinger to peel it from your eye. If you cannot move the lens, another method for removing it involves blinking. Place your forefinger and thumb on your upper and lower eyelids over the edges of the contact lens. Press your lids very gently with your fingers and blink. Be sure to have a clean, soft cloth handy for when the lens comes out of your eye.
There are also tools designed to help you remove contact lenses. If you are concerned about lenses getting stuck on your eyes, keeping one of these tools in your bathroom might help. There are tools designed for both soft and hard contact lenses.
If you continue to have trouble with stuck lenses or cannot get your lens out of your eye, call your eye doctor. If your contact lenses are getting stuck, it may be the type of lens you are using. Your doctor may want to examine your eyes or try a different brand or type of lenses for you.
Contact lenses can sometimes get stuck on your eyes. It is not usually something that will happen every day, but if it does happen, you do not have to worry that there is something seriously wrong with you or your lenses. Though it can be worrisome when it happens, a stuck contact lens does not necessarily mean a trip to your eye doctor’s office.