Do Your Contact Lenses Cause Discomfort?
Millions of people wear contact lenses, most with very successful results. Unfortunately, contact lenses may cause discomfort for some wearers, which may dramatically impact vision or the ability to continue use of contacts.
There are many causes of contact lens discomfort, including:
- Improper fit
- Incorrect positioning on the eye
- Failure to adhere to suggested wear time
- Deformed or damaged lens
- Dust and debris
- Extended computer use
- Smoking and alcohol consumption
- Certain medications
Fortunately, there are also many ways to deal with contact lens discomfort, including:
- Regular cleaning: Even the smallest spec of debris on your lenses can lead to discomfort. Cleaning and disinfecting your lenses regularly can help to remove debris and build-up, and may extend the life of your lenses. Be sure to use a contact lens cleaning solution compatible with your contact lens material and never re-use contact lens cleaning solution. Your eye doctor can recommend the appropriate solution for your contact lenses.
- Cutting down on wear time: The longer you wear your lenses during the day, the higher the risk of discomfort. Consider cutting down the amount of time you wear your lenses each day, and never exceed the maximum wear time suggested by the manufacturer.
- Try eye drops: Dry contact lenses and eyes can cause discomfort. Try using a contact lens approved eye drop to lubricate your eyes and contacts.
- Replace your lenses: Torn and dirty lenses can cause serious discomfort or, even worse, damage to your cornea. Replace your lenses as the manufacturer suggests, and whenever a lens is torn or deformed.
- Visit your eye doctor: If your discomfort is continuous and you have tried various methods to find relief with no results, it may be helpful to visit your eye doctor for advice. If you experience pain, discharge or loss of vision, visit your eye doctor immediately. In some cases, the type of contacts you are currently wearing may not be right for your eyes – your doctor can help you explore other options that may work better for you.
At Uptown Eye Care, we know how important contact lenses are to your daily life, and are always happy to help you address eye discomfort caused by your lenses. We take the time to help you find the cause of your discomfort and to search for solutions.
Visit us at Uptown Eye Care: 560 Cedar Street, Monticello, MN 55362 or call our office at 763-271-2020 to discuss your ongoing eye discomfort and learn more about possible solutions.