It is never safe to wear ripped contact lens and it is impossible to fix ripped contact lenses. So if you discover your contacts have torn while it is in your eye, it is imperative to immediately remove them, because the jagged edges may cause corneal abrasions.
Continue to read below if you are willing to improve your contact lens practices for a better experience the next time.
Table of contents
- What Causes Ripped Contact Lenses?
- Can I Still Wear Torn Contact Lenses?
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes
What Causes Ripped Contact Lenses?
Different brands of contacts mean different designs, materials, and thickness. Soft contact lenses are very pliant, but they can also be very prone to scratches and tears.
The same goes for RGP or rigid gas permeable lens. These may not be soft or pliant enough to tear. The idea is that we want to avoid contact lenses from coming apart into two pieces or more.
Long nails and jagged nails can cause scratches, and yes, tears. Keep your nails trimmed if you can. If you love to bling your nails as much as you love wearing color contact lenses, then consider using an contact lense handler.
This is a tool that looks like a very mini plunger. Use forceps to gently place your contact lens upon the bowl-shaped part of the plunger.
Then move the plunger toward your eye and gently place the contact lens upon your iris. In this way, you avoid having to your long nails come into contact with your contacts.
Inexperience May Lead To Ripped Contact Lenses
Inexperience can play a role in contact lens breakage. Some brands are prone to tears, while others are a little hardier. We would recommend practice and lots of tender loving care when handling your lens. For example, when pinching them to pick them up, pinch with gentle pressure.
Remember to breathe and remember the basics of removing contact lenses and inserting them. When you do, you are well on your way to longer-lasing usage of your contact lenses.
Improper usage that lead to ripped contact lenses
Now, you know how to handle your lens, next comes correct methods to care for them.
Contact Lenses Are Not Fully Soaked
When it is time to put your lens away for the night, do you check to see that your lenses are completely immersed in contact lens solution?
Accidentally Screw The Contact Lenses With Cap
The thing is, sometimes we miss seeing the contacts at the edge of the case when we screw on the cap. When we do so, the contacts gets chipped. Chipped lenses are easier to tear.
Forget To Replenish Solution
Dried out lenses are also easier to tear. We may forget to soak them in solution, and if you try to rehydrate them later, it will never fully do so and will lose their original form. These contact lenses have become compromised, so please throw them away and remember to always soak your contact lenses when it is time to do so.
Stretching Contact Lenses
Do not stretch your contact lens, even if it’s for fun. These are medical devices so please treat them with due respect. When it is time to do so, please replace your old contact lens, as older lens are more likely to tear.
Also Read: How to Remove Stuck Torn Lens from Eye?
Can I Still Wear Torn Contact Lenses?
We understand you might have purchased lenses by making a good saving throughout the month but we warn you against wearing damaged contacts.
When lenses tear, it is harder for them to remain centred on your iris. This defeats the purpose of wearing colored contacts for a new or jazzed up look.
Besides this, ripped lenses can be a real risk to your eye. We have mentioned removing them immediately when you discover a piece has broken away. It may take some time, and may require your eye doctor having to step in to remove them safely.
One way to avoid this situation is simply to check your lenses for scratches, chips, or tiny tears before you wear them!
Today’s contacts are nothing expensive and with a little hunt you could be lucky enough to grab a deal online. Always have spare pair of contact lenses for a rainy day. Annual replacement contacts are no more than $20 that you could cut down even more on cost by ordering in bulk.