19 doctors weighed in:
Can a contact lense get stuck behind your eye?
19 doctors weighed in

Dr. David Sachs
Ophthalmology
10 doctors agree
In brief: No
I get this question answered often but, no a contact lens can not get stuck behind your eye.
It usually just falls out or can get stuck under your upper eye lid.

In brief: No
I get this question answered often but, no a contact lens can not get stuck behind your eye.
It usually just falls out or can get stuck under your upper eye lid.
Dr. David Sachs
Dr. David Sachs
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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
7 doctors agree
In brief: No.
The membrane surrounding the eye, the conjunctiva, prevents objects from going behind the eye.
If you think you lost a contact in your eye, it would be very irritating and you should be able to grasp it by looking all the way up or all the way down.

In brief: No.
The membrane surrounding the eye, the conjunctiva, prevents objects from going behind the eye.
If you think you lost a contact in your eye, it would be very irritating and you should be able to grasp it by looking all the way up or all the way down.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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Dr. Benjamin Chun
I have seen cases where it can get stuck behind your eyelid in the folds, where you would have a tough time seeing it on your own. In those cases where you can't see it, your eye doctor can flip your eyelids to see if its there and remove it.
Dr. Chris Oh
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Physically it is important for a lens to get stuck "behind" your eye because it cannot get there in the first place due to normal anatomy.
You may have corneal abrasion if you have scratchy sensation or "fullness" feeling - you should have your cornea thoroughly examined.

In brief: No
Physically it is important for a lens to get stuck "behind" your eye because it cannot get there in the first place due to normal anatomy.
You may have corneal abrasion if you have scratchy sensation or "fullness" feeling - you should have your cornea thoroughly examined.
Dr. Chris Oh
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Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Impossible
There is no 'opening' for the lens to slip behind the eye.
It will either be hidden under the upper or lower lid in a little cyl-de-sac known as the fornix.

In brief: Impossible
There is no 'opening' for the lens to slip behind the eye.
It will either be hidden under the upper or lower lid in a little cyl-de-sac known as the fornix.
Dr. William Goldstein
Dr. William Goldstein
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Dr. U Krishnan
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
The surface of the eye is covered by the conjunctiva.
This surface forms a barrier and prevents things like contact lenses from getting behind the eye.

In brief: No
The surface of the eye is covered by the conjunctiva.
This surface forms a barrier and prevents things like contact lenses from getting behind the eye.
Dr. U Krishnan
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Dr. Mark Pyfer
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
A soft contact lens can roll up and go under the eyelid, but cannot get lost behind the eye.
You should see your eye doctor to remove it if your eye is irritated. Most of the time the lens ends up lost somewhere (on the floor, in the sink, stuck to your clothing, etc.) while you were trying to remove it, and it is not really still in the eye. Your doctor will look under magnification.

In brief: No
A soft contact lens can roll up and go under the eyelid, but cannot get lost behind the eye.
You should see your eye doctor to remove it if your eye is irritated. Most of the time the lens ends up lost somewhere (on the floor, in the sink, stuck to your clothing, etc.) while you were trying to remove it, and it is not really still in the eye. Your doctor will look under magnification.
Dr. Mark Pyfer
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
In brief: No
The front of the eye is sealed from the back by a continuous apron of conjunctival lining.
A contact lense or anything else for that matter cannot penetrate behind unless there is a traumatic defect in that lining. Contact lenses including rigid lenses are too soft to cause such trauma.

In brief: No
The front of the eye is sealed from the back by a continuous apron of conjunctival lining.
A contact lense or anything else for that matter cannot penetrate behind unless there is a traumatic defect in that lining. Contact lenses including rigid lenses are too soft to cause such trauma.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. David Speck
Ophthalmology
In brief: Not likely.
There is a tube of skin called the conjunctiva that extends from the edge of the iris, goes halfway back along the surface of the eyeball, and then turns around forward to join the inside of the eyelids.
Unless you tear through this skin (which would bleed and hurt a lot), there is no way for a contact to go more than half way back on the eyeball.

In brief: Not likely.
There is a tube of skin called the conjunctiva that extends from the edge of the iris, goes halfway back along the surface of the eyeball, and then turns around forward to join the inside of the eyelids.
Unless you tear through this skin (which would bleed and hurt a lot), there is no way for a contact to go more than half way back on the eyeball.
Dr. David Speck
Dr. David Speck
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