How Can I Get a Stuck Contact Lens Out?

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How Can I Get a Stuck Contact Lens Out?
A stuck contact lens can be easily removed. (contact lens image by vladislav susoy from

Maybe you slept with your lenses in and weren't supposed to, maybe it has been too long since you cleaned your lenses and they have extra deposits on them or perhaps you even forgot you were wearing them. Whatever the reason, it is possible for a contact lens to get stuck in the eye. This can be a frightening situation, however, it may not be as serious as you think. Removing a stuck contact lens requires calm and patience on your part. The situation could get worse if you do not remain relaxed and focused. There are a few ways of safely removing the lens yourself.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Saline solution
  • Hand towel

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    Removing a Stuck Contact Lens

  1. 1

    Wash hands and thoroughly dry them with a towel.

  2. 2

    Rinse affected eye with saline solution by tipping your head back and pouring a small amount into the eye. Allow the saline to rinse over the eye and drip out. Use a towel to catch drips.

  3. 3

    Close your eyes and let the lens reappear under the lid. You may feel it slide back into place or you can check by opening your eye and looking and/or feeling for it with your finger.

  4. 4

    Open your eye. If you can see the lens, gently remove it using the tip of your finger.

Tips and warnings

  • The lens should come out with lots of saline flushing. If you can't see the lens and can't feel it, it is possible that the lens has already been dislodged without you noticing.
  • Do not continue to scratch or rub at your eye if you have been unsuccessful in getting the lens out. This can result in serious damage to the surface of your eye. If a lens is stuck for more than 24 hours or if you are in extreme pain, seek the advice of an eye doctor or go to the emergency room.

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