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Is it normal to have irritated eyes the first time you put in contact lenses?
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Dr. Glenn Pomerance
Ophthalmology
In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Glenn Pomerance
Dr. Glenn Pomerance
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Dr. Randall Wong
Ophthalmology
In brief: Absolutely
The cornea is a tissue that has no blood vessels, but like every other tissue in the body, it needs oxygen.
When you put a contact lens on the eye, it has to get used to a change in which oxygen is delivered to the cornea. The eye becomes pink/red due to the change in oxygenation. With time, tolerance to the lens builds up and the redness and grittiness disappear.

In brief: Absolutely
The cornea is a tissue that has no blood vessels, but like every other tissue in the body, it needs oxygen.
When you put a contact lens on the eye, it has to get used to a change in which oxygen is delivered to the cornea. The eye becomes pink/red due to the change in oxygenation. With time, tolerance to the lens builds up and the redness and grittiness disappear.
Dr. Randall Wong
Dr. Randall Wong
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