A 36-year-old member asked:
can wearing contacts stop your eyes from getting watery when chopping onions?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Andrew Shatz answered
26 years experience Ophthalmology
It may make it worse: The chemicals released when cutting into onions can be absorbed by contact lenses. They will then retain the chemicals longer, causing the irritation to persist.
Answered on Jul 20, 2012
Dr. Stephen Hamilton answered
32 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: The lenses can block the vapors from contacting your corneas. I have heard from patients after lasik that they noticed a big change when chopping onions since they are no longer wearing contacts.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012
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