It’s happened to pretty much all of us. You either rubbed your eye or blinked the wrong way and your lens rolls or folds up. It then defies gravity and moves UP to the upper pocket above your eye and you start to panic. Will I need surgery to remove it? Is it stuck forever? What if it get’s lodged into my brain?!?
Let’s relax everyone. It won’t end up in your brain, or behind your eye or stuck back there forever. Sometimes you’re lucky and you’ll be able to blink it out. When that doesn’t happen, you can try flushing out your eyes with saline solution. When all that fails, visit a local Optometrist and we can usually find and removed the lens with a moistened cotton swab.
So, where does the lens go and how come it doesn’t end up in our brain? There’s a thin membrane known as your conjunctiva and it almost covers the entire surface of your eyes from the inside of the lids to the edge of your cornea. It folds over itself and forms a pocket above and below your eyes called a fornix. Imagine clear plastic wrap over your eye. That membrane and fornix keeps the lens from ending up behind the eyeball. It’s kinda like when you tuck your chewing gum way up in the space between your cheek and gums. It stops there and can’t go any further. Same goes for the contacts.
Hopefully, this will ease your worries the next time it happens.
Dennis Cheng, O.D.
390 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205