How to get a broken contact lens out of your eye

Unfortunately, accidents are a part of life. And with contact lenses, you might find that every now and again your lenses tear while you’re putting them in.

Torn or damaged lenses might not only interrupt your vision, but could also be extremely uncomfortable on your eye and should be removed quickly to prevent any further discomfort.

There’s no need to worry though, as torn contact lenses are rare and become even more unlikely as you get used to contact lenses. All you need to do is follow a few simple steps to safely remove the broken lens from your eye.

  1. Apply some rewetting drops to your eyes – this will make it easier for you to remove the pieces of the lens
  2. Gently massage the lower and upper eyelids until you feel the pieces have come loose
  3. Carefully turn your eyelid inside out and remove any fragments of the lens that are attached
  4. Rinse your eyes with saline solution to ensure hygiene

You can repeat these steps until you’re confident all of the contact lens has been removed. If, after a few tries, you’ve been unsuccessful, it’s best to visit your eye doctor as soon as possible.

Can a contact lens get stuck behind my eye?

No, this is a common myth that aims to explain when someone may not able to feel their contact lens on their eye. In fact, the more likely explanation is always that the lens has either slipped to the side of the eye or has fallen out.

It’s important to remember that while a contact lens can become dislodged and move around your eye uncomfortably, it is impossible for the lens to go behind your eye.

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