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7 Common Contact Lens Problems

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If you wear contact lenses, then you know how convenient and easy they are to wear. But sometimes, things don’t go so smoothly.

Here are 7 common problems that can arise while wearing contact lenses and, pardon the pun, their solutions.

     1.Itchiness and Burning

If you’re allergic to the contact lens material or to your lens solution, you may experience itchiness and burning after wearing your contacts for a short period of time.

Speak to your optometrist about other brands of contacts or solutions that won’t irritate your eyes.

Burning and itchiness that is accompanied by a mucous discharge could indicate something more serious than allergies, so make sure to contact your eye doctor for prompt treatment.

     2.Grittiness

If you’ve ever felt like there was a grain of sand stuck in your eye, then you know how annoying grittiness can be.

If something is stuck under your lens, it can cause grittiness. Try removing your contact lens from the affected eye and clean it on both sides with solution. Store the lens in its case, then flush your eye with cool, sterile water.

If your grittiness is recurring, then you may want to visit your eye doctor to rule out conditions like dry eye syndrome and allergies, which can also cause discomfort.

     3.Redness

Irritated eyes usually look red and feel uncomfortable. A buildup of smoke particles, dust, pollen, and dirt on your contact lens can redden and irritate your eyes.

Contact lens hygiene is your best bet for countering red eyes. And make sure to use a contact lens solution that has been approved by your optometrist.

     4.Blurred Vision

Contact lenses that become damaged or aren’t properly cleaned can cause blurred vision.

Additionally, overwearing your contacts can lead to something called “corneal hypoxia,” which means that your cornea is starved of oxygen.

Corneal hypoxia requires treatment, which your eye doctor can provide.

     5.Hard to Insert

Ill-fitting contacts are usually hard to put in, so if you’re experiencing any trouble, confirm with your eye doctor that your lenses are the right fit for you.

People with smaller eyes may also have trouble inserting their contacts. No matter how big or small your eyes are though, try to avoid blinking when you insert them. If this is difficult, you can try gently holding your eyes open.

     6.Eye Dryness

In some cases, contact lenses can interfere with the eye's natural hydration process. Over time, dry eye syndrome can develop, causing uncomfortable symptoms like dryness, redness, itchiness, grittiness, and watery eyes.

Your eye doctor will thoroughly assess your condition and suggest the appropriate treatment. Dry eye syndrome can be caused by several factors, and treatment may vary from patient to patient.

     7.Hard to Remove

Having trouble getting your lenses out? Don’t worry — even experienced contact lens wearers struggle with lens removal from time to time.

Try the following for an easier removal process:

  • Apply a drop or two of artificial tears to your eyes — contacts tend to get stuck on dry eyes
  • Slide the lens to the white of your eye (sclera) before pulling it off
  • Pull the lens downward towards your bottom lid

If trouble persists, speak with your optometrist for further assistance.

Optix Family Eyecare in Plainview is here for all of your optical needs, from contact lenses to eye exams and more.

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