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How do I find a lost contact lens in my eye?

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How do I find a lost contact lens in my eye?
I feel like it's been in there for more than a week, but I just can't find it. Is it even possible or am I imagining that?

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asked May 19 in Health by toasteburnish

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The best way to find a lens in a situation such as the one you are describing, is to let a professional have a look at it. If it is stuck under the eyelids (it is not possible for it to disapear behind your eyes) somewhere, it is best found by your optometrist using a fluorescent dye (no pain involved) that can be put into your eye. This will make the lens glow very bright when a special blue light is shone on the eye. This will make it easier to tell whether the lens is indeed still in your eye or not. If you ever suspect that your lens is still in your eye, call your optometrist for advice.
answered May 19 by Marko
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I think I lost my contact lens in my eye. How can I tell if its there or not?
Well about two weeks ago I was putting in my contact and I suddenly got up and realised it wasn't there. I looked everywhere and couldn't find it. I'm paranoid its in my eye. I can't feel it but I'm scared. I moved my eye up, down, left right and I can't see it.:eek: I've also been wearing contacts since.
answered May 19 by White Sox
If there is a contact lens or a bit of one stuck in your eye, believe me you will know about it. Torn lenses hurt like mad.
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Usually when someone asks, "Can contacts get lost in your eye?" they are wondering if it's possible for a contact lens to become dislodged from the front of the eye and get lost or trapped behind the eye. That can't happen.
 
The inner surface of the eyelids has a thin, moist lining called the conjunctiva. The continuous nature of the conjunctiva from the eyelids to the eyeball makes it impossible for anything to get behind the eye and become trapped there.
 
Sometimes, if you rub your eyes or get bumped in the eye when wearing a soft contact lens, the lens might fold in half and dislodge from the cornea. The folded lens might get stuck under your upper eyelid so that it seems to have disappeared.
 
If this occurs, you can usually find the lens by adding a few contact lens rewetting drops or artificial tears to your eye and then gently massaging your eyelid with your eye closed. In most cases, the folded lens will move to a position on your eye where you can see it and remove it.
 
If you can't find your "lost" lens with this technique, try to gently turn your upper eyelid inside out. (It's really not as gross as it sounds.)
 
The best way to do this is to place a Q-Tip horizontally over the outside of your lid. Then, while looking down, grab hold of your eyelashes, gently pull the lid down and quickly evert (flip inside out) the lid by folding it over the Q-Tip.
 
Keep looking down and tilt your head back. With your other eye open, you should be able to see the folded lens. Gently move the contact lens with your everted eyelid until it moves onto your eye so you can remove it.
 
If you cannot remove the lens from your eye with either of these methods, it's time to call your eye doctor. (Please do not fish around for hours with long fingernails pinching your eye to try to find the lens if you don't see it.)
answered May 19 by Doglover
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I've shoved my contact up under my eyelid many times (I guess I'm a bit clumsy) and several times couldn't tell if it was there. So yes, it's definitely possible.

What I've found is that it usually was folded in half and up above my eye. What's helped me is looking very closely in the mirror, sometimes I can see the edge peeking out from under my eyelid. I then can sometimes figure out how to get it out. I also got my contact out once when I just rubbed my finger from the top of my eye socket down to the bottom of my top eyelid. The contacted was just pushed out, this method is probably what I'll use if I lose my contact in my eye again.
answered May 19 by TheReaper

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