As with anything you wear for extended periods of time, it’s possible that you’ll experience discomfort while wearing your contacts. It’s important to know what to do in order to prevent a minor discomfort from becoming a major problem.
It is not all that uncommon for people to feel discomfort, at times, while wearing their contact lenses.
You can easily tell if the lenses are what is causing the problem if, when you remove them, the discomfort subsides.
It is also important to note that occasional episodes of discomfort while wearing your lenses does not mean that you need to stop wearing contact lenses altogether. In most cases, a simple change to your lenses, lens care products, or daily habits will resolve the issue and allow you to wear your contact lenses in comfort.
There is a wide range of contact lens-related discomfort that you might experience. They include eye irritation or pain, the feeling of something in your eye, watery eyes, dry eyes, redness, unusual secretions, reduced vision (including reduced sharpness or blurriness), and light sensitivity. You can also experience mild discomfort with the lenses themselves.
Many cases of discomfort associated with contact lenses are due to improper care and management of your lenses. If they aren’t properly maintained, or are worn for longer than recommended, they can irritate your eyes.
Poor fit can also lead to discomfort. Be sure to get lenses of the right size and shape for your eyes, and never use someone else’s contacts.
Dry eyes are more likely to occur while wearing contact lenses if you already produce less tears than normal. This can be due to an underlying medical condition, or due to lifestyle choices (such as smoking, heavy computer use, heavy caffeine use, among others.)
Environmental conditions can lead to discomfort. Specifically, if you are sensitive to airborne allergens. They can stick to lenses and cause irritation for the wearer.
Finally, other underlying health conditions can play a role in eye discomfort, unrelated to the contacts themselves. Especially if a problem persists for longer than a day or so, consider seeing your doctor, and remove your contact lenses until you know what the issue is.
Especially if one is new to wearing contact lenses, they might experience slight discomfort at first as they get used to wearing them. Generally speaking, soft lenses require much less time to get used to than rigid lenses. If it is taking more time than expected to get used to wearing them, consult your eye care professional.
The best way to avoid most contact lens-related discomfort is to carefully follow both the recommendations of your eye care professional and the contact lens manufacturer. Additionally, make sure that your lenses are properly fit, and that if you have any allergies to materials commonly used in contact lenses of their cleaning solutions, you purchase lenses and a cleaning solution that will not irritate your eyes.
Apart from the initial short acclimation period, you should have no discomfort while wearing your contact lenses, and especially no persistent discomfort. It should be like your contact lenses aren’t even there. Make sure to properly deal with any discomfort, so that you don’t risk a bigger problem arising later on.
If you are experiencing any discomfort, be sure to mention it during your annual eye exam. Different lens types are better suited for different people, and our doctor can recommend a solution.
While you may experience some discomfort while wearing your contact lenses, such problems can be dealt with quickly, if you recognize the signs and know what to do. Our doctors are also always happy to help if a problem arises.