While some people suffer from contact lens irritation. any discomfort you experience could just be a sign you’re not wearing them properly. If you’re experiencing any problems with your contact lenses, there are ways they can be addressed.
- Lenses That Don’t Fit Right
Everyone is born with differently shaped eyes. Very seldom will your eye shape ever be a consideration unless you wear contacts. But if you try to buy contact lenses without a proper contact lens fitting exam, you’re apt to end up with uncomfortable lenses. And that could be the least of your troubles. From poor vision to damaged corneas to blindness!
Dr. Bosak will measure each eye and ensure you get contacts that fit your eyes’ unique shapes.
- User Errors
One common reason your contacts can feel uncomfortable after insertion is having the lenses inverted or inside-out. Be sure the lens forms a smooth cup. If your contacts have any ridges, they are inside out.
Another common error is putting the wrong contacts in your eyes. Switching left for right isn’t a big deal if both eyes have the same prescription. However, if each of your eyes are different, switching the lenses can leave them feeling uncomfortable.
To avoid that confusion, develop the habit of inserting and removing your lenses the same way every time. If you always start from the right to the left or vice versa, you’re less likely to get them mixed up.
- Dry Eye
Tears act as the glue that connects your contacts to your eyeballs. If you experience dry eye, your contacts can start rubbing against your eyes, causing irritation. If you wear contacts, make it a habit to always keep a bottle of artificial tears on hand.
Continually dry eyes can be the result of several things. Aging can be a factor or something more serious, like diabetes or lupus. If you’re concerned about constant dry eyes, let us know.
- Wearing Your Contacts Longer Than Recommended
If you leave your contacts in longer than instructed, your eyes will protest. Also, If you try to extend the lifespan of your contacts, to save money, you risk infection or damage to your eyes. Always replace your lenses on the schedule you are given.
- Allergic Reactions
If you live in a dusty or allergen plagued area. Dust, allergens, and other pollutants can stick to your contact lenses. Not only can this dry out your eyes, but it can also scratch them.
To avoid this, disinfect your lenses daily. Flushing your eyes with artificial tears prior to inserting your contacts can also help soothe irritation. Avoid antihistamines unless necessary, since they tend to further dry out your eyes.
- Not Following Proper Care Instructions
If you don’t wear daily disposable lenses, you need to follow a routine to take care of your contacts. This means cleaning them every night and regularly washing your lens case. If you try to cut corners, you could end up with irritated eyes or a nasty infection. Always use fresh lens solution and handle your contacts only after thoroughly washing your hands.
- Eye Infections
Contacts themselves are safe and will not cause an eye infection if used properly. If you suspect you have an infection, don’t delay a call to our office. Infections are easily treated but ignoring the symptoms can lead to permanent eye damage. In some cases, blindness can result.