Q: What happens to your eye if you can’t remove a torn contact? Will the eye flush it out eventually or will this cause permanent eye damage? I have a torn piece of contact in my right eye and can’t find it to get it out and don’t know what to do.
A: I know it sounds pretty awful to think that a piece of plastic is floating around in your eye. Trying to manually remove is probably more aggravating then simply letting it be. Rest assured that the little piece of lens, if it is on your eye somewhere, will eventually get flushed out.
Consider it similar to getting a lash or piece of dust in your eye. Your eye senses the “foreign body” and produces a mechanism to flush it out. Usually this is excess tearing which will goop up the foreign body (piece of contact lens) and it will eventually fall out.
Your eye will be safe and unharmed. As long as your eye is not bothering you, it should be ok to place a new lens on.