Ripped Contact Lens
Soft contact lenses wearers have all experienced the frustration of a ripped contact lens. Most of the time this can be avoided by proper handling, but sometimes a tougher lens brand maybe just what the doctor ordered to help prevent damage to the lens and your eye.
- If your lens is torn in your eye. Wash your hands and lubricate your eye with solution to help bits of the lens from sticking to the surface of the eye. Pull your lower lid down and use the index finger and thumb to remove larger pieces of the lens and look for any remaining smaller fragments. If you can not do this call your eye doctor or find an eye doctor offering emergency eye care to remove the lens fragments and possibly prescribe an antibiotic depending on how much damage was done.
- Do not continue to use a ripped or torn contact lens. This can compromise the cornea and lead to an ulcer, not to mention discomfort and light sensitivity.
- Do not fold or crease the lens. If the lens rolls up or folds over on itself, put it in solution and gently rub the lens which will allow it to unroll and unfold.
- Do not use fingernails. Natural nails or fake tips can cause nicks in the lens which over time will develop into a ripped contact lens.
- The lenses should remain lubricated and moist. a dehydrated lens is easier to tears and rip.
- Is it time for a different lens? Not all contact lenses are equal. Your eye doctor often uses information like your occupation, life style and how well you handle the contacts to make recommendations on which lens maybe best fit for an individual patient. Some lenses are stiffer and others are more flimsy or floppier. The modulus is the determining factor for this the higher the modulus the better a lens holds its shape and often easier for patients to insert. The lower the modulus the the more limp the contact is and tend to be weaker and more dry.
We alway recommend our patients have a pair of back-up glasses available should they damage their eyes and can not wear contact lenses for a period of time. Contact lenses offer us convenience of stable vision, but they do have their cons as well. Our Doctor and staff are here and ready to help. We accept most insurance and vision plans. Call us today (918)893-3769 and allow our staff to check on your benefits. We look forward to serving your family’s eye care needs.