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Is it normal for my eyes to be bloodshot when wearing contact lenses?

Is it normal for my eyes to be bloodshot when wearing contact lenses?

No: Bloodshot eyes are a sign of irritation. You may be experiencing dry eyes, allergies to the contact lenses, contact lens intolerance or even infection. Stop wearing the lenses immediately, and see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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After 30 min of flying, I get dry, bloodshot eyes. Don't wear contact lenses on flight. I use refresh dry eye drops but the redness stays. Any ideas?

After 30 min of flying, I  get dry, bloodshot eyes. Don't wear contact lenses on flight. I use refresh dry  eye drops but the redness stays. Any ideas?

Dry air: Most airline cabins are pressurized to feel as if they're about 8000 feet in altitude. As such, the air is very, very dry. Keep using your drops, and consider closing your eyes (maybe using a sleep mask) and sleeping while you listen to some music. There is a moistening ointment, I believe, which might last longer than the drops while you're flying. ...Read more

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My contact lenses make my right eye bloodshot but not the left?

My contact lenses make my right eye bloodshot but not the left?

Contact: Get a cornea topography test. If contact lense is not in full contact with cornea then contact moves around causing irritation and red eye. ...Read more

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My right eye has been red and bloodshot for 2 days. There is no pus and my other eye is fine. It may have been caused by a contact lens?

My right eye has been red and bloodshot for 2 days. There is no pus and my other eye is fine. It may have been caused by a contact lens?

Possible bleed: if there is no pain and no change in vision it may just be a subconjunctival hemmorhage which usually gets better on its own. If not, you should see an eye doctor and have it examined ...Read more

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Is it normal that i cannot wear contact lenses because the optic zone is too small for my eyes?

Is it normal that i cannot wear contact lenses because the optic zone is too small for my eyes?

Large pupils: If someone has very large pupils, they may have symptoms from wearing contact lenses, but mostly at night when the pupil dilation is maximal. Soft contact lenses have very large optical zones, so it is hard to imagine that this would actually prevent you from being able to wear them. Rigid lenses, like gas permeable lenses, are much smaller can more problematic with large pupils. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have irritated eyes the first time you put in contact lenses?

It happens: Irritation is not "normal", but can result from the eye being unused to having a foreign body (the contact lens) in it! dry eye can make irritation more likely as can overwear during the initial period of use. Redness is a "red flag"! don't continue to wear the lenses without first checking with your eye are provider! ...Read more

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Is this normal that my eyes turn red when I wear my contact lenses for too long?

Is this normal that my eyes turn red when I wear my contact lenses for too long?

Maybe: It could be your eyes telling you they need a break, more common after extended wear or with underlying dryness. It could also be a reaction to solutions or protein buildup on the lenses. You need a thorough exam to diagnose. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get red and itchy eyes when wearing contact lenses for more than 8 hours?

Contact lenses: It may not be "normal" but it sure is common. Contact lenses can irritate the eyes due to dryness, allergy or poor material or fit. Sometimes contact lens intolerance can develop. It is important to have the underlying condition treated(allergy etc.) and to be sure that the fit, material and handling are all optimized and to minimize use time if possible. ...Read more

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