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    Eye Sensitivity
    An_257055 posted:

    I have been wearing contact lenses for over 10 years and recently I have been noticing sensitivity when I'm not wearing them.

    For example, some days I wear glasses just putting on face moisturizer or eye makeup will irritate my eyes and they start tearing up. Also, even if those have not been applied, I can feel a slight burning/stinging feeling in my eye that gets relieved when I close them.

    It almost seems as if my eyes have gotten used to having that extra barrier when wearing my lenses. Should I be worried? Should I stop wearing contacts?

    I haven't found any similar cases/answers online yet. Any help would be appreciated.
    Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
    There are situations in which a soft contact lens can act as a "bandage" providing a protective barrier between your opening and closing eyelids and an overly sensitive eye. Indeed, in certain circumstances we will use contact lenses with minimal or no optical power with excellent oxygen transmission properties as "therapeutic bandage contact lenses" to allow the healing of corneal surface conditions.

    That being said, I am wondering whether you have an ongoing irritation of the surface of your eye. This warrants an examination by an ophthalmologist. As a general principle, you should not wear contact lenses in the presence of any eye irritation.
    stellagonzalez responded:
    Have you used eye drop for your eyes, I guess it give some relaxation to your eyes.

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