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Suggest treatment for stuck contact lens in left eye

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Posted on Wed, 13 May 2015
Question: Good morning. I need an Ophthalmologist...Last night I had a very hard time finding and retrieving my contact lens in my left eye... as I was searching... I thought I had my contact lens, but not sure it was my lens but possibly lifted up an edge of my cornea.. is that possible? Or maybe it was my contact lens and lost it again. I can see out of my left eye fine; no redness or irritation, no blure, but wondering if I damaged the cornea if it WAS the cornea... i eventually got my lens out after 20 minutes of probing. thank you
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Answered by Dr. V. N. S. Parinam (20 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Lifting cornea is practically not possible with hand

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I am trained Ophthalmologist.

It most probably be the sticky contact lens that was lifted from the cornea. Cornea is a structure that cannot be lifted from the eye with finger/hands. If you are able to see properly the contact lens is intact on the cornea. Since there is no redness or irritation even after probing your eye is saved from any injury. Generally the kind of description that you gave irritates the conjunctiva and traumatizes the structure. Traumatic conjunctivitis and keratitis are extremely common.

Never ever do this again. It means to Learn to find the contact lens easily while it is on and be gentle towards the eye as god has just given just two. Use the contact lens solution generously while removing the lens.


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. V. N. S. Parinam (39 minutes later)
thank you so much. I feel better with your answer. It's been very stressful here the last week, my dad died and I am in such a "worry mode". I put on my contact lens about 20 minutes ago and all feels comfortable. The only thing I noticed from the left eye this morning is just a little bit of crust at the end/outside of eye. I applied a lot of saline solution last night and systane to try to get that lens out. I learned my lesson. I need to take my contacts out before I take a shower. I have noticed in the past that water seems to dry out/stick the contact lens to the cornea. My right eye contact lens came out very easy. regards, XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. V. N. S. Parinam (7 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Wash hands before you remove contact lens

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I am sorry for the loss but I am glad that my answer reduced your worry a bit. Never use hand without washing it thoroughly. Sometimes our bad experiences are our best lessons. All the best.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Suggest treatment for stuck contact lens in left eye

Brief Answer: Lifting cornea is practically not possible with hand Detailed Answer: Hi, I am trained Ophthalmologist. It most probably be the sticky contact lens that was lifted from the cornea. Cornea is a structure that cannot be lifted from the eye with finger/hands. If you are able to see properly the contact lens is intact on the cornea. Since there is no redness or irritation even after probing your eye is saved from any injury. Generally the kind of description that you gave irritates the conjunctiva and traumatizes the structure. Traumatic conjunctivitis and keratitis are extremely common. Never ever do this again. It means to Learn to find the contact lens easily while it is on and be gentle towards the eye as god has just given just two. Use the contact lens solution generously while removing the lens.