Tackling Contact Lens Discomfort

Posted by CooperVision on Friday, May 4, 2012

Contact lenses are normally comfortable for patients to wear, but contact lens discomfort can occur. Contact lens discomfort may be caused by a poor fit with the contact lens, dry eye syndrome, environmental allergens, or an underlying condition. An eye care professional can typically assess what the issue of contact lens discomfort is and help to find a solution.

Patients should always care for their lenses, follow a proper maintenance, and replacement schedule. However, even with a consistent regimen, contact lens discomfort may happen from time to time. Some symptoms of contact lens discomfort are:

  • Red eyes
  • Itchy or burning sensation
  • Tearing of the eyes
  • Painful swollen eyelids
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes

If a patient is experiencing any of these symptoms or any discomfort, he/she should contact an eyecare professional. An eyecare professional can tell if the issue be resolved easily, or if it is part of an underlying condition of the eye. It is important to talk to an eye care professional because sometimes a minor issue can turn into a more serious eye condition if left untreated.

However for immediate relief from contact lens discomfort, here are some tips for patients:

  • Remove the contact lens.
  • Inspect the contact lens for any rips or tears. Don’t reinsert in the eye if there are any rips or tears. Contact an eye care professional.
  • If the contact lens has an eyelash, dirt, or foreign body, simply clean the lens, rinse and disinfect it. Reinsert the lens back in the eye. If the contact lens still feels uncomfortable, remove the lens immediately and contact an eye care professional.

CooperVision has a variety of options for comfortable contact lens wear. For more information, contact an eye care professional to learn more about options for comfortable contact lens wear.


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