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Remedies For Contact Lens Discomfort

Contact lenses are a popular corrective vision option. They offer individuals the opportunity to correct their vision in a discreet manner. This is why they are a favorite among individuals who think that they look awkward wearing glasses. Some contact lens wearers opt to choose contacts to enhance their appearance. These individuals may choose to wear colored lenses that enhance their eye color or change their eye color dramatically. 

It is imperative the contact lens wearers take appropriate care of their contacts as recommended by their chosen eye care center. This involves following the correct cleaning and replacement schedule. It also involves ensuring that vision-related appointments are not missed. Sometimes a need may surface between appointments if individuals experience eye discomfort when wearing their lenses. The following points represent things that may cause discomfort when wearing contact lenses. 


There are a number of allergens that may cause eye irritation. The irritation can be more unbearable for individuals who wear contacts because the human body may respond to the contacts and allergens as foreign materials. Dust and pollen are two examples of airborne allergens that may adhere to the surfaces of the contacts and cause itching to occur. These surfactants may also cause vision to be blurred due to the substances adhering to the contacts. Eye drops and/or eye protection such as sunglasses or goggles can prevent or reduce airborne allergens.

Improper Fit

An eye center will perform vision tests and get the appropriate measurements for contact lenses. This will vary from individual to individual. It is also why no one should wear another person's contacts even if the contacts are not for vision correction or have not been worn. 

Eye Infection

Anyone who wears contact lenses and suspects that they have an eye infection should cease wearing lenses until they can get their eyes assessed at an eye care center. Infections might present themselves as swollen eyelids, watery eyes, red eyes, itchy eyes, or difficulty opening eyes after sleeping. It is important to note that wearing lenses during sleep can contribute to eye infections if the lenses are designed to be removed during sleep. Improper cleaning schedules or unsanitary cleaning practices can also contribute to infections.

Dry Eyes

Some individuals have dry eyes whether they wear contacts or not. Certain lifestyle habits, medications, and diseases and conditions can contribute to dry eyes. An eye care center can prescribe eye drops to aid in lubricating eyes. Individuals may also want to consider rotating between glasses and contacts to give their eyes a rest.