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My soft contact lens ripped as I was removing it from my eye.

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My soft contact lens ripped as I was removing it from my eye. About 1/3 of the lens is still on my eye and I cant get it out. what should I do?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. James replied 5 years ago.

Dr. James : Hello.
Dr. James : The brand name is XXXXX XXXXX
Dr. James : Do you have any eye pain now?
Customer:

No

Customer:

What should I do?

Dr. James :

I'd recommend you try to flush out your eyes. You can use the multi-purpose contact lens solution if that is what you use. If you use a hydrogen peroxide base cleaner, don't rinse with that.

Dr. James :

Otherwise, regular water should be OK.

Dr. James :

With out pain, you might have already blinked it away.

Dr. James :

You should be able to go to sleep and see an optometrist in the morning.

Dr. James :

so he can check under the eyelid.

Customer:

I have lots of saline solution but do you think it will just wash out?

Dr. James :

Yes, it can wash out.

Customer:

Will having a lens with a torn edge in my eye overnight damage the cornea?

Dr. James :

There is a chance it may scratch your cornea.

Dr. James :

It doesn't appear to be touching the cornea now since you don't have any pain.

Dr. James :

You can use a thick lubricating ointment to keep it from scratching.

Customer:

Is it a substantial enough risk that I should go to an emergency room tonight? I have visions of sitting there for hours while others go first.

Dr. James :

I'll let you make that call on weather you need to go to the ER.

Dr. James :

It should be OK with the lack of pain to be seen by an optometrist in the morning.

Customer:

Why would part of a lens casue pain when the whole one doesnt?

Dr. James :

When you have the whole lens on, it nicely drapes over the whole cornea. With only part of it there with jagged edges, it has potential to poke and scratch the cornea causing pain.

Customer:

that makes sense.

Dr. James :

Do you have any other questions for me?

Customer:

No. Thank you.

Dr. James :

You're welcome.

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