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Why do my contacts hurt?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Wrong fit

Contacts can hurt for different reasons.
The most common include dry eyes, old or dry contacts, poorly fit contacts or a torn lens. Any of these can lead to corneal irritation, scratches and ultimately infection. Your best bet is to discard them and try a new pair. If they are still uncomfortable, you should see an eye doctor to evaluate your corneas and re-fit your lenses.

In brief: Wrong fit

Contacts can hurt for different reasons.
The most common include dry eyes, old or dry contacts, poorly fit contacts or a torn lens. Any of these can lead to corneal irritation, scratches and ultimately infection. Your best bet is to discard them and try a new pair. If they are still uncomfortable, you should see an eye doctor to evaluate your corneas and re-fit your lenses.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Cornea scratched?

The cornea (clear part of the eye where the contact lens sticks to) is very pain-sensitive.
If one has pain after putting in a contact lens, there may be a torn contact lens, some dirt or an eyelash under the contact lens, a scratch on the cornea, or an infection of the cornea. The contact lens should be taken out right away, and rinsed and examined. If the eye still hurts, a doctor can evaluate.

In brief: Cornea scratched?

The cornea (clear part of the eye where the contact lens sticks to) is very pain-sensitive.
If one has pain after putting in a contact lens, there may be a torn contact lens, some dirt or an eyelash under the contact lens, a scratch on the cornea, or an infection of the cornea. The contact lens should be taken out right away, and rinsed and examined. If the eye still hurts, a doctor can evaluate.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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