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  • David Chia, M.D. FACS

You can't lose a contact behind the eye

Updated: Dec 22, 2023

It is not possible for a contact lens to get lost behind your eye. The conjunctiva, the clear membrane covering the white part of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids, forms a barrier that prevents foreign objects, such as contact lenses, from moving behind the eye.


If you're having difficulty finding a contact lens, it's more likely that it has moved around the front of your eye, under your eyelid, or fallen out.


Contact lenses can sometimes get stuck under the upper eyelid due to a few reasons:

  1. Blinking: When inserting a contact lens, it's essential to blink to allow the lens to settle properly on the cornea. However, sometimes blinking can cause the lens to move upwards and get trapped under the upper eyelid.

  2. Dryness: Dry eyes can contribute to contact lenses sticking to the surface of the eye or getting caught under the eyelid. If your eyes are dry, the lens may not move as freely, increasing the likelihood of it becoming trapped.

  3. Incorrect placement: If the contact lens is not placed correctly on the cornea during insertion, it may fold or move as you blink, leading to it becoming lodged under the upper eyelid.

  4. Foreign body sensation: Sometimes, the sensation of having a foreign object in the eye may lead to increased blinking or rubbing, causing the lens to move and become trapped.

If you find that your contact lens is stuck under your upper eyelid, you can try the following steps to retrieve it:

  • Wash your hands: Make sure your hands are clean and dry before attempting to touch your eye.

  • Look in the mirror: Use a well-lit area and a mirror to visualize your eye.

  • Pull your upper eyelid: Gently pull your upper eyelid upward while looking down. This can help expose the trapped contact lens.

  • Blink and reposition: Blink a few times or move your eye in different directions to encourage the lens to move back onto the cornea.

If you're unable to locate the lens or experience persistent discomfort, it's important to consult with an eye care professional for assistance. We can examine your eye and help address any concerns related to your contact lenses.




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