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    Ok, I am a paranoid person anyway but I think this would be enough to put any first time contact wearer off...Last night my contact lense got lost in my eye :eek:.

    I am on a trial with specsavers and I've got on with them quite well, apart from the fact that I find it difficult to get them out sometimes. So, anyway, I was getting them out and got the left one out ok but when I came to the right, I was getting it out and I must have blinked and somehow I knew it wasn't on my eye anymore because my sight was blurry but I also
    knew it hadn't come out either because it was nowhere in sight...

    Anyway after nearly having a breakdown due to fear and my dad helping me search around on the floor for it even though I was sure it hadn't come out, I decided to go to A&E because it wasn't anywhere on my eye but I could still feel it and knew it was somewhere in there!
    So, after waiting 4 hours, waiting to see the doctor, sitting next to a smelly tramp and a druggy wanting their fix, I was finally seen at 4am by a foreign doctor who could hardly understand english and kept asking me to repeat myself and did not know what a contact lense looked like or how big it was YES you heard that right a doctor who knew nothing about contact lenses!! He looked in my eye and rolled my eyelid back and everything and said he was certain it wasn't there, because judging by how big I'd told him it was, it would be impossible to miss,even though he didn't know exactly what he was looking for).

    Anyway, he thought that it must have fallen out and my eye hurt because I had stratched it trying to get the lense out... he wanted to put orange die in my eyes to show up the stratch but I told him, WHAT if the lense was still in there, it was hardly advisable to put die in there because you aren't supposed to get water and other chemicals on them and he said 'what you don't wash your face?' and I said NO not with contacts in!!! Anyway he didn't seem to understand and was certain it wasn't in my eye and still wanted to put the die in so my dad basically said LETS GET OUT OF HERE! So we left and guess what, low and behold when I got home and looked in my eye for about the hundredth time that night, guess what? I saw something in my eye, I turned the light off, yelled at my dad to get a torch and got the screwed up damn piece of plastic out, it MUST have been stuck behind my eyelid and had got dislodged when the doctor (if i can call him that) poked around in my eye.

    So anyway, I feel like I've been put off for life now, but I really don't want to rule out contacts because I hate wearing my glasses. Has anyone else ever got it stuck in their eyelid or anything similar and does it mean that your eyes don't suit it and you should just give up or is it quite a common thing to happen and shouldn't put me off? I am definitely going to go to specsavers and tell them what happened but I just wondered what experiences anyone else had had?
    Sorry for the length of the post. Thanks for any replies!
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    Sometimes they get stuck in my eye but i cant say i've ever been to A&E :confused:
    You just have to poke around- there's no where for the lense to get lost in your eye so its just there somewhere.

    I did have a mare once though - I was rather drunk and decided to take my lenses out - I was adamant it was still in and i was like "ive got it, i can feel it" cos i kept grabbing onto it - mum tells me its on the floor - i'd been grabbing my eyeball :-\ :puke: hurt for days....
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    I got my mum to take me to A&E once because i thought i still had my contact lense in and they poked around for ages and put orange dye in my eye which was disgusting. Then concluded that it was not there. Was very embarrassing but i am the biggest hypercondriact ever lol
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    just wear glasses more and you'll stop noticing them.

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    Please stop panicking. It happens occasionally. I've had contacts for 7 years and it's happened a couple of times. The best thing to do is give yourself an eye bath and just thoroughly rinse your eye with clean water. It should come out. One time it didn't come out and I wasn't sure whether it was there or not, so I went to bed on my side and in the morning it had slipped down to the corner of my eye and I was able to take it out.

    PS - If I had been in your situation I would have demanded to see a doctor who actually spoke English. Just stand there and make a huge fuss until you're allowed to see another doctor.
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    Something like this happened to me. I wore daily disposables and they're much thinner than normal contact lenses, so once when I was taking them out, I blinked and the contact lens tore and there was like a third of the contact lens stuck to my eyeball. I had the other piece in my hand and thought it must have dropped on the floor, but I searched the floor and there was nothing there, so the only possibility was that a bit was stuck in my eye. I spent about an hour and a half trying to get it out, and I thought I had lost it in my eye as well, but after much perseverance, I managed to scoop it out of my eye. I was to blame mainly because I had been in the shower with my contact lenses (trying carefully not to get my eyes wet) but somehow the steam from the shower made the lenses soften and stretch, so when I came out, it dried up and cracked, hence the splitting.

    A word of advice: never wear your contacts in the shower even if you intend to avoid getting your eyes wet.

    But I still use contact lenses every day, lol.
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    It's safe to say that all posts in this thread have scarred me from even contemplating on using contact lenses. :eek: *shudder*
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    (Original post by Bless the Child)
    A word of advice: never wear your contacts in the shower even if you intend to avoid getting your eyes wet.
    Oooh okay. I did it twice but I always get sth in my eyes/lashes anyway and it bothers me so I just take them out for half an hour. Didn't know it makes them softer, but then I have monthly's and you can fold them in half and they still don't tear so...

    *crosses fingers sth horrible like that never happens :eek:
    I've had mine for 2.5 years (I think??) and sth similar never happened and I hope it never does cos I'd totally freak out.

    :hugs: to the OP (that is some lame doctor :p: )
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    (Original post by swirl)
    It's safe to say that all posts in this thread have scarred me from even contemplating on using contact lenses. :eek: *shudder*
    Aw lol sorry, I never thought I'd be able to use them either because of anything going wrong but I convinced myself that I was worrying for no reason and that if loads of people wear them, they can't be that bad! Probably part of the reason why it happened is that I wasn't calm enough and blinked at the wrong time.

    Its just hard not to panic when your a first time wearer, I would have put my head underwater for it to float out or something like someone said but Specsavers told me you're not supposed to get them near water, ever, so I thought that option was out. I really didn't want to go to A&E but I knew that it was nowhere within the area in my eye, and I knew it hadn't fallen out so it had to of been behind my lid and I just wanted it OUT! Ouch at the person who split it in their eye sounds even worse...

    I'm sure they're not that bad if you use them properly, I guess you've just got to be really careful. I still reckon I'll end up trying them again so don't let me put you off!
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    Seriously, get dailies.
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    mine were dailies...
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    Tinted lenses? Mine are slightly blue tinted (monthlies) and aren't noticeable normally.
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    I went to sleep with mine in and it kind of welded to my eye, I had to pick at it to get it out, that kinda made me feel ill, then another time it had fallen out and I hadnt realised so I was still poking about, again it made me feel kind of sick, I'm going to stop wearing them now and hopefully get some daily ones in a few months time
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    That's unlucky. Don't let it put you off though. I hated lenses at first- my eyes kept watering, they turned really red and it felt like there was lots of dust in my eye even after a while. I don't use them everyday but I use them when I'm going out. If you know how to insert and take them out and get into a routine about it you should be fine. Don't give up though. Keep trying with them!
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    It's happened to me a couple of times, and honestly there's no need to worry. There is no way a contact lens can get stuck behind your eye - it's probably just there in the top or bottom and you can't spot it. It will always come out eventually.

    The biggest problem, however, as others have noticed is when you can't tell if it's fallen out or is still there. It sometimes feels like it is still in your eye cos you make it feel sore trying to find it!
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    (Original post by synaesthesia)
    Tinted lenses? Mine are slightly blue tinted (monthlies) and aren't noticeable normally.
    Mine too. But that doesn't mean they can't accidently get lost in your eye anymore!
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    Eh, don't worry about it. I have blue dyed two weekly lenses, and have had them for, uhhh....nearly a year now? They have screwed themselves up in the top of my eyes before, normally only if I've been rubbing my eye a lot. It's not that bad, I just sort of push it down by stroking downwards on my eyelid, if that makes any sense.

    They are so much more practical than glasses in my opinion, especially if you're in the rain, cooking or doing sport. Yay sight! And peripheral (sp?) vision is always fun.
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    When I was trying contact lenses for the first time (at optician) I had real trouble with getting it out so I was digging for it and when I finaly got it I discovered that it has split into half and the other half was still in my eye under the eyelid. Optician said she has never witneses anything like that and had to fish to get it out for good 10 minutes using some special equipment allowying to see my eye clearly.
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    (Original post by zoea85)
    Ok, I am a paranoid person anyway but I think this would be enough to put any first time contact wearer off...Last night my contact lense got lost in my eye :eek:.

    I am on a trial with specsavers and I've got on with them quite well, apart from the fact that I find it difficult to get them out sometimes. So, anyway, I was getting them out and got the left one out ok but when I came to the right, I was getting it out and I must have blinked and somehow I knew it wasn't on my eye anymore because my sight was blurry but I also
    knew it hadn't come out either because it was nowhere in sight...

    Anyway after nearly having a breakdown due to fear and my dad helping me search around on the floor for it even though I was sure it hadn't come out, I decided to go to A&E because it wasn't anywhere on my eye but I could still feel it and knew it was somewhere in there!
    So, after waiting 4 hours, waiting to see the doctor, sitting next to a smelly tramp and a druggy wanting their fix, I was finally seen at 4am by a foreign doctor who could hardly understand english and kept asking me to repeat myself and did not know what a contact lense looked like or how big it was YES you heard that right a doctor who knew nothing about contact lenses!! He looked in my eye and rolled my eyelid back and everything and said he was certain it wasn't there, because judging by how big I'd told him it was, it would be impossible to miss,even though he didn't know exactly what he was looking for).

    Anyway, he thought that it must have fallen out and my eye hurt because I had stratched it trying to get the lense out... he wanted to put orange die in my eyes to show up the stratch but I told him, WHAT if the lense was still in there, it was hardly advisable to put die in there because you aren't supposed to get water and other chemicals on them and he said 'what you don't wash your face?' and I said NO not with contacts in!!! Anyway he didn't seem to understand and was certain it wasn't in my eye and still wanted to put the die in so my dad basically said LETS GET OUT OF HERE! So we left and guess what, low and behold when I got home and looked in my eye for about the hundredth time that night, guess what? I saw something in my eye, I turned the light off, yelled at my dad to get a torch and got the screwed up damn piece of plastic out, it MUST have been stuck behind my eyelid and had got dislodged when the doctor (if i can call him that) poked around in my eye.

    So anyway, I feel like I've been put off for life now, but I really don't want to rule out contacts because I hate wearing my glasses. Has anyone else ever got it stuck in their eyelid or anything similar and does it mean that your eyes don't suit it and you should just give up or is it quite a common thing to happen and shouldn't put me off? I am definitely going to go to specsavers and tell them what happened but I just wondered what experiences anyone else had had?
    Sorry for the length of the post. Thanks for any replies!
    Just because he's a foriegn doctor you're saying all that stuff. The orange dye is an indicator which clearly shows the location of objects in your eye, It's not just some random guy putting stuff in your eye.
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    (Original post by Godsize)
    Just because he's a foriegn doctor you're saying all that stuff. The orange dye is an indicator which clearly shows the location of objects in your eye, It's not just some random guy putting stuff in your eye.
    I'm not saying all that stuff because hes a foreign doctor...I commented that he was foreign because I was trying to get across why he couldn't understand what I was saying. A lot of the doctors that come over here from other countries do not seem properly qualified and can't diagnose their patients properly as shown by the fact that he didn't even know what a contact lense looked like and didn't even spot it in my eye when he looked.

    I have nothing against doctors from other countries but if they don't have the proper experience and can't understand their patients, I don't think that they should be dealing with the public in this country.

    I understand now that the orange die is not just a random suggestion of his, but he was suggesting that to see the phantom stratch when I obviously still had the lense in my eye which could have been dangerous, he also suggested washing my eye out with water and said he was certain the lense wasn't there. Hardly someone I'm going to trust is he??? Please don't start off a debate about being politically incorrect, it's hardly relevant from what I've said but I guess theres always people waiting to jump on that bandwagon.
 
 
 
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