How to Find a Lost Contact Lens

Lost a contact? It might not be gone forever! If you’ve already tried searching around on your hands and knees (and you’re only reading this with one eye), try one of these tricks, which can help locate a missing contact, fast!

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin
How to Find a Lost Contact Lens

What to Do If You Can’t See

For people with bad vision, the most immediate concern when you lose one of your contacts might be that you can’t see! To make it easier, use your phone. By turning on its camera and then putting a couple of inches in front of your face, you’ll be able to see the room around you—at least well enough to look for your missing contacts!

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How Find a Lost Contact Lens

It sounds counterintuitive, but the best thing to do if you’ve lost a contact is to turn out all the lights. Yes, really! Then grab a flashlight (or use your phone again) to shine the light over the area where you lost the contact. Continue in a slow sweep until you see a glint—there’s that darned thing! The contact will reflect back the light, unlike everything else around it.

Lost Contact Last Resort

If you’ve tried everything and you can’t stand crawling around, one-eyed, any longer, there’s an ultimate contact-finding solution you can try: Get an old nylon stocking or piece of pantyhose and secure it over the end of your vacuum hose using a rubber band. Then run your vacuum where you think you lost the contact. The power of the vacuum will suck it up, but the lens will stick to the stocking.

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About the Author

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin are the proud parents of three boys and more than a dozen books. After saving thousands per year using everyday tips and simple lifehacks, they started their own business in the hopes of sharing their knowledge with others. They have been known to go into their friends' refrigerators to turn their eggs upside down so that they last longer.

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