My Contact Lens is Stuck Behind My Eye!
No it isn't. It might feel like it is, but it really isn't behind your eye. How do we know? Because it CAN'T get behind your eye. At the back of your eye are muscles known as the rectus muscles. Your lens cannot get past these to get to the back of your eye. So don't panic. The lens isn't loose in your head.
What can happen is that lenses can get stuck under your upper eyelid. Normally, they come loose again within a few hours or sometimes a few days. They won't cause you any harm there (well, not if you've been cleaning them properly,) but they can be uncomfortable.
If it is very uncomfortable or your eyes start to go red, go and see your optician and they will remove it.
Otherwise, there is no real need to seek medical help. It will come out eventually, but if you want to help it on its way, there are some things you can do to remove the contact from your lid.
Removing the Lens from Your Eye Lid:
- Close your eye and gently, very gently, massage around the eyeball. This should bring the lens back to the front of your eye.
- Put a few drops of saline solution into your eye and blink. This should help move the lens back to the front of the eye.
- If you can use your contact lens cleaning solution in your eyes (CHECK the label first) put a few drops of the cleaning solution in your eyes and blink. Again this should help move the lens back to where it should be.
- If you have re-wetting drops, put some of these into your eye and blink. Again, this should help bring the lens back to the front of your eye.
- With your eyes open and your head still, look down as far as you can. Now with your fingers gently push the upper part of your eyelid (the bit under your eyebrows, on the bone) upwards. Keeping your fingers there and your head in the same position, look up. Remove your fingers from your upper lid and look down again. Repeat a few times and the lens should come free.