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What Happens When You Close Your Eyes Too Long While Wearing Contacts
How do you get rid of bloodshot eyes that may be caused by wearing contacts. Also, how long do contacts generally last?
See an eye doctor: If your eyes are bloodshot, then something is wrong. You may be wearing your contact lenses too much or the contacts may not be the right fit for you. Get cheked to make sure there is nothing more serious going on. ...Read more
Red eyes: Not wearing contacts usually allows the eyes to heal up fairly quickly. If only one eye is red or if there is discharge then you should see a physician as you likely have an infection. If the redness does not resolve in a couple of days then see your dr. ...Read more
It depends: It depends. If you are wearing soft contact lenses, generally 2 weeks is adequate. For toric contacts or gas permeable contacts, 3 or more weeks may be required. If you wore the old pmma contacts for decades, it could take longer. The best rule of thumb is to have the shape of the eye tested (topography) and have that repeated when out of contacts to prove that the shape is stable and not shifting. ...Read more
How long should I wait after my last dose of fluorometholone eye drops (prescribed for allergic conjunctivitis) before wearing contacts again?
Soon: This depends upon the appearance and comfort of the eye. You should avoid contact wear when the eye is red or getting redder, but when the red is fading and the other symptoms you may have had are fading, then you can wear the contact. ...Read more
They float away: If you open your eyes underwater with contact lenses, there is a very good chance you will lose them in the water. Wear swim goggles over your contacts or don't swim in them. ...Read more
Not possible: Only colored contacts can change the eye color. ...Read more
This is only my second day wearing contacts, and every now and then my eyes blur out and I have to blink a lot?
Give them time: Your eyes need to adjust to your new contacts. The lenses may not be the right fit or may be causing you to have dry eyes. If things do not improve within a few days, or you start having discomfort when wearing the lenses, discontinue wearing them and see your eye doctor. ...Read more
Problem with contact: If your eyes are watering, there is either a problem with the contacts or with your eyes. If the watering only happens with the contacts on, the problem likely lies with the contacts. See your eye doctor to determine exactly what the problem is. ...Read more
No: Just caused blurred vision, which presumably resolved when you switched them back to the correct contact in the correct eye. However, if eyes are red, painful, having discharge or vision remains poor even with changing back the contacts, the contacts should be removed and symptoms evaluated with an exam. ...Read more
How irritating!: Red eyes in this case mean one thing - your eyes are irritated. Now the trick is to find out why. It could be your lens solution, the wrong type of contact (you may need the more "breathable ones", the wrong fit, leaving them in to long, a crappy environment (to dry, smoky, etc.). I would talk to my ophthalmologist to make sure fit and style are right for you, then try gradually changing things. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Dry eye usually: Patients who wear contact lenses are at increased risk for developing dry eye, which can lead to contact lens intolerance. Patients will often report that their eyes feel irritated or dry as an early sign of dry eye. Additional signs can include blurred vision. Therapy with dry eye treatments and even punctal plugs can make a major impact in this condition. Please see your eye doctor. ...Read more
Irritation: Redness is a response to inflamation. Possibly due to many things. Over wear, infection, dryness, irritation from solution or drops, etc. ...Read more
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My eyes get very red from wearing contacts, what can I do to prevent this so I can still wear them?
Red eye: Contacts deprive the eye of oxygen. Things you can do to prevent red eye include limiting the number of hours per day you wear contacts, trying another type of contact with greater oxygen content, avoiding sleeping in contacts, using artificial tears such as theratears to keep the eyes moist, taking one day off per week to wear glasses only, don't rub your eyes. ...Read more
I've been wearing contacts for 3 years, and since I can remember my eyes always get red when I wear them. What can I do to stop the redness?
Change brands: Different brands work better for dry/sensitive eyes. Check back in with your optometrist and see which brands you find most comfortable. Switch to Dailies instead of extended wear lenses. Use artificial tears while wearing the lenses, don't use OTC redness relievers. Shorten wear duration, don't sleep, shower, or swim in them. Good luck. ...Read more
I've been wearing contacts for over a year now. But recently, my eyes get red whenever I wear them (red ring around both iris) please help! ?
Keep them out,: Use artificial tears a few times a day in both eyes; put cool compresses on the eyes; keep the contacts out of your eyes for about two weeks; are the contacts clean, are they one day use, or long-term use type? If the problem persists, see the eye specialist that prescribed the contacts for you. ...Read more
Eyes keep fogging while wearing contacts in summer. Cloudiness doesn't go away for hours after taking them out. Sun & light make it hard to see & burn?
Wear glasses: It would prudent to not wear contact lenses. ...Read more
Contact lenses cause your eyes to turn red and can be painful.
Basically the lenses are preventing proper oxygen delivery to the surface of the cornea. After a while, the corneas get irritated and the eye often turns red.
What's concerning (and you can't tell) is that the corneal cells may get sick or die without oxygen. You might develop an infection, such as a corneal ulcer...And can blind. ...Read more
First, take out CLs: Irritation can come from your cl cleaning solutions, the type of cls your wear, and whether your eyes dry out with them, and also from ocular surface disorders. An eye md can sort out the various causes and get you on a regimen so that you can be sucessful again with cls. You may need to stay out of cls for a few weeks while being treated, especially if you have allergies or dry eye. ...Read more
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