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Pain from contact lenses
maryelizabeth38 posted:
For the past month and a half, I have had pain in my left eye when I wear my contacts. I will put the contacts in and it will start to hurt increasingly throughout the day. It feels as if my eye is scratched and it makes my vision in that left eye blurry. Once I take the contact out, the pain goes away within about 30 minutes. At first I thought that my contact was torn so I replaced it with a new one, only to have the same thing happen right away. Of course I have almost completely stopped wearing my contacts, but when I do try them, the problem exists. I would have gone to the eye doctor by now, but I do not any longer have eye insurance and it is very expensive. I am wondering what the problem is since it has not healed.
sam1985 responded:
These guidelines help to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable in contact lenses. If they're not followed, problems with vision, comfort and other safety issues can occur.

You should be aware that the following problems may occur:
  • Eyes stinging, burning, itching (irritation), or other eye pain
  • Comfort is less than when lens was first placed on eye
  • Abnormal feeling of something in the eye (foreign body, scratched area)
  • Excessive watering (tearing) of the eyes
  • Unusual eye secretions
  • Redness of the eyes
  • Reduced sharpness of vision (poor visual acuity)
  • Blurred vision, rainbows, or halos around objects
  • Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • Dry eyes
Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
Simple recommendation is that you absolutely can not wear contact lenses in the presence of any discomfort or eye irritation.

You were correct in changing to a new contact lens to determine whether the contact lens was damaged and was causing the irritation. That was not the cause.

There is no way to avoid visiting your eye doctor if you want to continue wearing contact lenses. He or she will re-evaluate the fit of the contact lenses and make sure there are not any problems like dry eye or contact lens induced inflammation which will prevent safe contact lens wear. A new contact lens material or fit may be recommended.
stellagonzalez responded:
Use moisturization as per suggested by your specialist, otherwise go for the specs.

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