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2.12 Removal of Dislocated Contact Lens


The patient may know the lens has dislocated into one of the recesses of the conjunctiva, and complain only of the loss of refractory correction; or he may have lost track of the lens completely, in which case the eye is a logical place to look first. Pain and blepharospasm suggest a corneal abrasion, perhaps from removal attempts.

What to do:

What not to do:


The deepest recess in the conjunctiva is under the upper lid, but lenses can lodge anywhere; there have been rare cases of lenses perforating the conjunctival sac and migrating posterior to the globe. Be sure to evert the upper conjunctival sac by pushing down with a cotton tipped applicator.

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