How to Handle Contact Lens Discomfort
Ever feel like something's not quite right with your contact lenses? If so, you're not alone. Plenty of people who wear contacts experience contact lens discomfort at some point.
Episodes of contact lens discomfort usually don't mean you no longer are a good candidate for contact lenses or that you have to permanently stop wearing contacts. It's likely that a simple change to your lenses, care products or daily habits will make your contact lenses much more comfortable.
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Detection and Treatment of Contact Lens Discomfort
To accurately determine the specific causes of your contact lens discomfort and appropriate remedies, you need to see your optometrist or ophthalmologist. A visit to your eye doctor also will rule out the possibility that your discomfort indicates a more serious underlying problem.
Remember: If your eyes don't feel good, look good, or see well, you need a checkup by an eye care professional. Sometimes a minor contact lens irritation, if left untreated, can develop into a more serious problem occasionally one that can be sight-threatening.
For helpful tips on how to handle uncomfortable contact lenses, choose a statement below or go directly to Remedies for Contact Lens Discomfort.
- My eyes are red, painful, swollen and/or produce discharge.
- My eyes burn when I put in my lenses.
- When I wear contacts, I always feel like something's in my eye.
- I smoke and/or drink a lot of coffee or alcohol.
- I'm taking over-the-counter or prescription medications.
- When wearing contacts, my eyes occasionally feel dry.
- I can't wear my contacts as long each day as I'd like.
- I have allergies.
- I have other medical problems.
- I don't follow my doctor's contact lens care instructions.
- I spend time in dry or dusty environments.
- I use my computer a lot.
[Page updated December 2015]