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Why Your Contact Lenses May be Causing You Discomfort

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Contact lenses have been a boon to people who require corrective lenses but are unable to wear eyeglasses (for whatever reason). Because they are discreet, they don’t alter your appearance, and they can be worn in situations where eyeglasses can not be.

However, sometimes contact lenses can be uncomfortable. This discomfort can be mild, or it can be debilitating. We encounter this scenario often and work with our patients to relieve their discomfort so they can continue enjoying their contact lenses without compromise.

Signs and Symptoms of Contact Lens Discomfort

You may experience some of the following:

  • A stinging, burning, or itchy sensation in the eyes
  • A feeling of a foreign body in the eye
  • Redness of the eye or surrounding tissues
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Excessive tearing, watery eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Symptoms similar to dry eye

If you are experiencing those (or similar) symptoms, remove your contact lenses and do not put them back in until you have come in for a contact lens exam. During this exam we will investigate to try to determine the cause of the irritation.

Reasons Your Contact Lenses Are Uncomfortable

There may be no clear cut cause of your discomfort. However, the items below are known to cause problems for some people.

Contact Lenses that Do Not Fit Properly

Poor fit in your contact lens is the main reason lenses cause discomfort. Every eye is a little different, and it’s important that the lenses you choose are a good fit for your eye. This is a big part of the contact lens exam- we are assessing your eyes to find the right shape and size of lens to ensure optimal comfort.

Allergies, Dry Eye, or Other Underlying Problems

Sometimes the problems are unrelated to the lens, but rather associated with another eye problem. Dry eye, for example, can make contact lenses extremely uncomfortable. During the exam we will also look for other conditions that may be influencing your contact lens comfort.


Allergic conjunctivitis – aka, eye allergies – can cause symptoms not dissimilar from dry eye. It can also make wearing contact lenses quite uncomfortable.

Foreign Bodies in the Eye

Many people are not aware when they have a foreign body in the eye. It may seem obvious to some, but there are situations where something may not be causing problems until a contact lens is placed on top of it. We will check for this during your assessment.

Getting a Handle on Contact Lens Problems

We will work with you to find a solution to your discomfort. In the interim, be sure to wear your eyeglasses as opposed to contact lenses- the last thing you want to do is aggravate the issue further (and cause more problems in the process).

Remember: we are here to help you and are experts in our field. Let’s work together to improve your eyesight and your quality of life.