How to Remove a Contact Lens Lost in the Eye

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If a contact lens gets lost in your eye, it will never go further than your eyelids. Calmly and carefully remove your lens with the useful tips provided by a certified ophthalmic assistant in this free video on how to remove a contact lens lost in the eye.

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Hi, my name is Cristen with Cool Springs Eye Care in Franklin, Tennessee, and I'm going to talk to you about how to remove a contact lens that's lost in your eye. It's important to remember that contact lenses cannot get lost in your head. Your eye is closed off with the tissue that holds it in your head. So, if a lens gets stuck under your eyelids, it's never going to go any farther than that. If a lens is lost underneath your eyelid, a couple of things that you can do before you see your eye doctor would be to pull back your lids and just look around. You can even shine a light at your eyelid tissue to see if you see the reflection of the lens, and you may need to tilt your head and look in the mirror different ways to try to find the lens under your eyelids. A lot of times, you may think that the lens is lost in your eye, and it's actually already come out. If you spent some time trying to get the lens out of your eye, your eye may still feel irritated, and you may feel like you have a lens in there when there really isn't one there. So, if you do feel like you have a lens in your eye, or you have irritation and you can't get a lens out, always see your eye doctor so that they can look with their special instruments and remove it if they need to.

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