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Tips For Removing a Stuck Contact Lens

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Old 12-28-2007, 11:46 AM
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Default Tips For Removing a Stuck Contact Lens

I've been studying the age-old question of what to do when it seems like you've got your contact lens stuck in or even behind your eye. I've pretty much come to the conclusion that you really can't lose you contact in your eye in such a way that you can't get it out without major surgery. Most of the time the lens is already out, but it just feels like it's still there. Kind of like when you wear a baseball cap for a long time, then you take it off and it feels like it's still there.
Be that as it may, I came across a couple of things that I'd like to ask the panel about. First is the notion of your body "rejecting" the contact lens as a foreign body. Does anyone know how this works?
Secondly, one reader on another site suggested that you use your multipurpose solution to rinse your eyes because the lens absorbs the solution, swells up and gets more slippery to that it can be removed more easily. (I'm assuming this only works for soft lenses, right?) Any comments?
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Old 01-02-2008, 12:06 PM
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Hi Bootz. I've got a few other suggestions that may work. I'm not suggesting that people intentionally get their contacts stuck so they can try these things, I just would like to add to the list.
One thing I heard was to look down to the floor, and then press your index and middle fingers in just under the upper part of your eye socket. Then all you do is look up and your fingers should catch the lens and push it out from under your eyelid.
I suppose you could reverse the procedure if you find your contact lens has worked its way under your lower lid. Me, personally, the lower lids are a bit puffy, so that may not work as well.
The other thing I found would be to lid down on your back and put drops in your eyes. The lens will then "float" up and out from under your eyelid.
If you've tried any of these tricks, or the one suggested by Boots, please let us know how it worked out. Thanks.
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Old 01-02-2008, 06:04 PM
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Well, I don't know about the suggestion Bootz or K-9 made, but I found another one. It's a gizmo called "Contact 2." It's a specially designed pair of plastic tweezers that allows you to easily remove a contact lens. I've never tried it, but it looks like it might work pretty well.
Anyone else?
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:30 AM
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Well, I don't know about the suggestion Bootz or K-9 made, but I found another one. It's a gizmo called "Contact 2." It's a specially designed pair of plastic tweezers that allows you to easily remove a contact lens. I've never tried it, but it looks like it might work pretty well.
Anyone else?
I tried to find a picture of those "Contact 2" tweezers, but no luck.
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Old 10-25-2011, 12:05 PM
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I tried to find a picture of those "Contact 2" tweezers, but no luck.
I couldn't find anything, Bootz. Not even a mention of those tweezers on line.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:15 PM
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I couldn't find anything, Bootz. Not even a mention of those tweezers on line.
I guess we both struck then, huh?
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Old 10-28-2011, 09:22 AM
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Well, I don't know about the suggestion Bootz or K-9 made, but I found another one. It's a gizmo called "Contact 2." It's a specially designed pair of plastic tweezers that allows you to easily remove a contact lens. I've never tried it, but it looks like it might work pretty well.
Anyone else?
These are some good suggestions. Thanks, everybody.
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:06 PM
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How about more suggestions for a lens that is just stuck right where you've worn it all day, not an unusual place, but it just won't come off/out?

It's really safe to put solution into your eye?
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:15 PM
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How about more suggestions for a lens that is just stuck right where you've worn it all day, not an unusual place, but it just won't come off/out?

It's really safe to put solution into your eye?
well this happens with certain brands of lenses. I had this problem with bioinfinity.
what brand are you using?
Yes, use solution or rewtting drops and wet the lens. Then with a clean and DRY hand, remove the lens
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well this happens with certain brands of lenses. I had this problem with bioinfinity.
what brand are you using?
Yes, use solution or rewtting drops and wet the lens. Then with a clean and DRY hand, remove the lens
Now for a moment of "deja vu."

So to be clear, you said it was okay to put the stuff you clean your lenses with directly into your eyes? Isn't there something that comes in a similar looking bottle that you can't get in your eyes? Something that has a red tip on the bottle?
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:37 AM
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Now for a moment of "deja vu."

So to be clear, you said it was okay to put the stuff you clean your lenses with directly into your eyes? Isn't there something that comes in a similar looking bottle that you can't get in your eyes? Something that has a red tip on the bottle?
:-)

Are you talking about rewetting drops? Then yes, ideally, the drops should be used. But what is the wearer does not have a botthel of rewetting drops? My doctor told me it is ok to use the CL solution - it is by no means harmful on eye
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:56 AM
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Are you talking about rewetting drops? Then yes, ideally, the drops should be used. But what is the wearer does not have a bottle of rewetting drops? My doctor told me it is ok to use the CL solution - it is by no means harmful on eye
If you have a single-solution cleaning system based on hydrogen peroxide, do NOT use that. Have you seen the film "Little Big Man" where they hang him up by the nipples with eagles' talons ? Imagine that in your eye. Don't ask me how I know.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:57 AM
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Are you talking about rewetting drops? Then yes, ideally, the drops should be used. But what is the wearer does not have a botthel of rewetting drops? My doctor told me it is ok to use the CL solution - it is by no means harmful on eye
Okay, well, if your eye doctor gave you the okay, then I'm not going to argue. Some people come on this forum and say "I know I'm supposed to do that with my lenses, but I like to to this." Usually someone then comes along and asks "Is your doctor okay with that?" That's a very good question. Doctors tend to take the most conservative route, and I think it's a good idea. If they're wrong it's usually best to err on the side of caution.

Check with your doctor, kids.
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:44 PM
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Okay, well, if your eye doctor gave you the okay, then I'm not going to argue. Some people come on this forum and say "I know I'm supposed to do that with my lenses, but I like to to this." Usually someone then comes along and asks "Is your doctor okay with that?" That's a very good question. Doctors tend to take the most conservative route, and I think it's a good idea. If they're wrong it's usually best to err on the side of caution.

Check with your doctor, kids.
Also, if your doctor turns out to be wrong, then he can usually fix it. If you go against doctor's orders and something goes wrong, the doctor can and probably will say "I thought I told you to . . . "
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:19 PM
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If you go against doctor's orders and something goes wrong, the doctor can and probably will say "I thought I told you to . . . "
No, I wouldn't want to go there, KITT. You're right.
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Old 12-03-2011, 08:24 PM
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Since I posted that question :

"Is it really OK to put solution into your eye?"

there was a big discussion on another thread about how solution even though it can remove proteins and clean the lens (using the rub method, depending on what your doctor told you), this stuff is not necessarily harsh chemical(s) that will damage other things, such as the eye itself. Someone pointed out that when you put a lens into your eye, you get a little solution in there anyway, since it just came out of solution

(this is of course if you use the multi purpose solution instead of clear care)

Still, I feel like we would have heard more about putting solution into our eyes if it was widely accepted. I want to use Clear Care, but it sounds so complicated, so many different steps. How many different containers do you need? Do you need to purchase saline, hydrogen peroxide + the Clear Care stuff, and cases for all of these different steps too?
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Old 12-03-2011, 08:28 PM
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sorry for that digression, and questions.

back to getting a stuck lens out of one's eye............
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Old 12-05-2011, 01:01 PM
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I want to use Clear Care, but it sounds so complicated, so many different steps. How many different containers do you need? Do you need to purchase saline, hydrogen peroxide + the Clear Care stuff, and cases for all of these different steps too?
Did you know that there's a page on Facebook that tells you how to clean your contacts with Clear Care? Here's what it says:

To ensure proper disinfection of your lenses you must follow the instructions completely. Do not skip any steps. Always wash and rinse your hands before handling your lenses.

1. Remove and place each lens into the appropriately marked L/R domed lens holder. Rinse with Clear Care® for 5 seconds.

2. Fill the lens case to fill line with Clear Care® and place the lens holder in the case.

3. Tighten the cap and store lenses for at least for six (6) hours or overnight. DO NOT SHAKE THE CASE.

Your lenses are ready to wear after soaking for 6 hours. No final saline rinse is necessary.


I hope that was the information you were looking for.
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Did you know that there's a page on Facebook that tells you how to clean your contacts with Clear Care? Here's what it says:

To ensure proper disinfection of your lenses you must follow the instructions completely. Do not skip any steps. Always wash and rinse your hands before handling your lenses.

1. Remove and place each lens into the appropriately marked L/R domed lens holder. Rinse with Clear Care® for 5 seconds.

2. Fill the lens case to fill line with Clear Care® and place the lens holder in the case.

3. Tighten the cap and store lenses for at least for six (6) hours or overnight. DO NOT SHAKE THE CASE.

Your lenses are ready to wear after soaking for 6 hours. No final saline rinse is necessary.


I hope that was the information you were looking for.
Really? That was on Facebook?

Cool.
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Really? That was on Facebook?

Cool.
And for Best Use of an Iconic Icon in a Forum Post, the winner is . . . John316!
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Old 01-24-2012, 03:37 PM
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Really? That was on Facebook?

Cool.
You "like" that, don't you John316?
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You "like" that, don't you John316?
Yeah. Big Like!
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:55 PM
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This is what I'm sayin'.
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Did you know that there's a page on Facebook that tells you how to clean your contacts with Clear Care? Here's what it says:

To ensure proper disinfection of your lenses you must follow the instructions completely. Do not skip any steps. Always wash and rinse your hands before handling your lenses.

1. Remove and place each lens into the appropriately marked L/R domed lens holder. Rinse with Clear Care® for 5 seconds.

2. Fill the lens case to fill line with Clear Care® and place the lens holder in the case.

3. Tighten the cap and store lenses for at least for six (6) hours or overnight. DO NOT SHAKE THE CASE.

Your lenses are ready to wear after soaking for 6 hours. No final saline rinse is necessary.


I hope that was the information you were looking for.
That sounds pretty simple. Just one container and no other products to buy.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:44 PM
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And for Best Use of an Iconic Icon in a Forum Post, the winner is . . . John316!
Thank you so much, 3scompany. I'll put this Big Giant Thumb right on my mantle.

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Old 02-18-2012, 08:18 PM
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To Starr and everyone else who posted on this:

Thank you for explaining about Clear Care
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