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Can Contact Lenses Fall Out?

Can Contact Lenses Fall Out?

Can Contact Lenses Fall Out?

Contact Lenses and Sport

Contact lenses are designed to fit perfectly in your eyes. Therefore, it's highly unlikely that they will just randomly fall out during the day. The only times contacts actually fall out of a person's eyes are connected with some kind of external trauma.

Athletes that wear contacts are more likely than normal contact wearers to have their lenses fall out. Anyone who plays a high-contact sport such as football or hockey is at a higher risk for injuries. Severe trauma to the face could cause a lens to pop out at practice or during a game. This is why it's important for athletes to let their Optician know all about the sport they are playing. Your optician should be able to pick out a contact lens best able to withstand the shocks of your chosen sport. And, of course, always wear proper protection while playing your sport. If possible, wear a high-quality eye guard. Generally soft lenses are recommended for sport, as they are very stable and unlikely to fall out.

Besides athletes, ordinary contact wearers could experience their lenses falling out during the day. Although this is quite rare, it is not impossible. One common reason a contact would fall out of a person's eye has to do with adverse weather. Strong gusts of wind tend to make a person's eyes water. The excessive moisture in the eye could cause a contact lens to slip out of place and fall.

Another reason contact lenses could fall out of a person's eye has to do with excessive eye rubbing. Doctors advise contact lens wearers to be conscious about how often they rub their eyes. If rubbing the eyes becomes a habit, this could loosen the lens and cause it to pop out. Also, rubbing your eyes is just a bad habit for overall eye health. It's much easier for bacteria to travel from your hands to your contacts as you rub your eyes. If you can, resist the immediate urge to rub your eyes. You'll be better off in the long run.

As mentioned before, contacts are designed to stay perfectly in position. As long as you had a professional contact fitting done, you shouldn't have any problems with your soft contact lenses falling out. Gas permeable lenses, on the other hand, have a tendency to fall out more frequently than soft contacts. The most common way for a gas permeable lens to fall out of the eye is due to direct trauma. Even though gas permeable lenses fall out more frequently, it's still quite rare that they will detach from the pupil for no reason.

If you have any problems with your contacts falling out frequently, you should discuss this with your optician right away. The best explanation for this phenomenon is that something went wrong in your contact lens fitting. Contacts should fit comfortably in your eyes and they should only become more fixed and stable with time. The fact that contacts would fall out frequently is a sign that something went wrong at your fitting. Call your Optician immediately to address this issue.

Author: John Dreyer Optometrist Bsc(Hons), MCOPTOM, DipCLP
Created: 19 Oct 2017, Last modified: 7 Apr 2020