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Doctor insights on: Why Are My Eyes Irritated From Wearing Contact Lenses

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Dr. James Mirabile
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What are the signs that my eyes are irritated from wearing contact lenses?

What are the signs that my eyes are irritated from wearing contact lenses?

Redness/ pain: Contacts commonly cause eye irritation, especially if worn for too long or if you sleep in them. Redness, blurred vision, pain, and overall irritation are common symptoms. The longer you wear your contacts, the worse it will get. It should feel better the longer your contacts are out. If your symptoms do not go away with the contacts out see your eye md as this may be a more serious problem. ...Read more

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New to contacts, second day wearing them. eyes are bloodshot and irritated?

New to contacts, second day wearing them. eyes are bloodshot and irritated?

See Eye Doctor: See your eye specialist. He/She will be able to advise you. Do not wait, as things could get worse. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Sometimes my eyes are blurry while wearing contacts, why is that?

Sometimes my eyes are blurry while wearing contacts, why is that?

Something in eye!!: Because you have something in your eye. Seriously this is the answer. It it also the same answer as to why contacts cause dry eyes, red eyes, discomfort, pain, eye infections such as keratitis, on and on. ...Read more

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My eyes are getting smaller. What is the reason? I am wearing contact lenses.

My eyes are getting smaller. What is the reason? I am wearing contact lenses.

Contact lenses: Your eyes just appear smaller because the eyelids are less open. Try using frequent artificial tears and giving yourself a short break from contact lens wear. ...Read more

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How to stop eyes from being watery when wearing contacts?

How to stop eyes from being watery when wearing contacts?

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

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I wear contact lenses and often suffer from itching and red eye..What is going on?

I wear contact lenses and often suffer from itching and red eye..What is going on?

Probably allergy: Sounds like you could be allergic. It could be due to solutions, the lenses (giant papillary conjunctivitis) or even unrelated to both. I would check with your eye doctor on this. ...Read more

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What are the most comfortable everyday wear coloured and vision contact lenses?

What are the most comfortable everyday wear coloured and vision contact lenses?

The right ones: The most comfortable contacts are the correct ones that are fit to your eyes. Your eye doctor will help you with this ...Read more

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Why do I see the sides of my vision foggy while wearing some colored contact lenses?

Why do I see the sides of my vision foggy while wearing some colored contact lenses?

Possibly reacting: It is possible that the lenses you bought online are old rather than fresh, or that they are preserved in a chemical like thimerisol to which you're having an allergic reaction. Also possible that the fit is wrong, or that your eyes are too dry to wear them. Contact an eye care professional and have them evaluate you and the lenses. ...Read more

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Can wearing contacts stop your eyes from getting watery when chopping onions?

Can wearing contacts stop your eyes from getting watery when chopping onions?

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

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Why do my eyes get tired from wearing contacts?

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

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My contacts lenses are causing my eyes to become bloodshot. Why is this happening?

Stop using them: They may not be the right fit or you may be over-wearing them. See your eye doctor. ...Read more

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What can be done for eyes that get so dry from wearing contact lenses?

What can be done for eyes that get so dry from wearing contact lenses?

Contact: Try rewetting drops w contacts on, tears when contacts out. Give eyes a break w glasses. Punctal plugs, restasis, lid hygiene can help in different scenario. Sometimes changing contact lens material can help. ...Read more

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I have conjunctivitis from eye makeup so can I wear my contacts?

I have conjunctivitis from eye makeup so can I wear my contacts?

Hold off: Conjunctivitis, an infection of the lining of the eye, will heal best if the eye does not have a contact lens in place. Hold off on wearing your lens until the redness is almost gone. You probably should discard your makeup if that is the source. ...Read more

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Is wearing colored contact lenses bad for your eyes?

Is wearing colored contact lenses bad for your eyes?

No: But you must be careful where you get them and the quality of the lenses. Most problems occur due to infection or expiration of the lenses. Also, some people's eyes may be more sensitive than others. If your eyes become red, take them out. ...Read more

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Could contact lenses stop people from being cross eyed?

Could contact lenses stop people from being cross eyed?

In some cases: If the crossing is due to undercorrected farsightedness, then contacts (or glasses) will help keep the eyes straight. ...Read more

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Can you wear contact lens when your eyes are red?

Can you wear contact lens when your eyes are red?

Not a good idea: Redness is a sign of a problem. As a general rule, anytime your eye is red, the first that you need to do is to take the contact lens out. There is strong likelihood that the redness is due to the contacts and keeping it in will only aggravate the situation (although your eye may feel better wearing the contacts). See your eye md for an evaluation. ...Read more

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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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