7 Common Contact Lens Problems By Gordon Wong, OD on June 22, 2020

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Although contact lenses are a very freeing alternative to glasses, issues can still arise when wearing them. Here in La Jolla, CA, our optometrists Dr. Gordon and Wildon Wong explore some of the most common contact lens problems and explain how to avoid them.

#1: Dry Eyes

If your lenses lose water while you are wearing them, they tend to draw moisture from the eyes and dry them out. The best way to combat this problem is to stay hydrated and use lubricating drops when necessary.

#2: Red, Itchy Eyes

Irritants can become trapped between the contact lens and your eye. Among the most common of these are dust, smoke, smog, pollen, and makeup, all of which can cause the eyes to become red and itchy. It is important to remove your lenses regularly and clean them according to your Carmel Valley, CA doctor’s recommendations. This not only makes them more comfortable to wear, but also reduces the risk of bacterial infections.

#3: Blurred Vision

If you have blurry vision that only occurs when you wear your contacts, then it probably means they are dirty or damaged. Make sure to thoroughly clean your lenses before wearing them. 

If you notice vision changes even when wearing new contacts, though, it could indicate a more serious condition. Schedule a visit with your optometrist right away.

#4: Light Sensitivity

When contacts are worn for prolonged periods of time, corneal abrasions or ulcers can form. Corneal abrasions can also develop due to dirt, sand, foreign particles, and even certain medications. This can cause the eyes to become increasingly sensitive to light. Try to reduce how long you wear your contacts to address this issue. 

#5: Discomfort Near the End of the Day

Some individuals have a sensitivity to contacts. Many routinely report having discomfort at the end of the day. There are a couple of ways to address this issue. First, try taking your contacts out after you get home from work instead of waiting until you go to bed. If you still have discomfort, ask your optometrist about specially designed lenses that allow more oxygen to permeate the eyes.

#6: Burning Eyes

If your eyes burn when you put your contacts in, it could indicate that they are contaminated. Contacts absorb dirt, oil, fluids, makeup, face creams, and other substances. To prevent burning, wash your hands thoroughly before handling your contacts. Make sure that all soaps are free from fragrances and dyes. You can also try daily disposable contact lenses if you prefer.

#7: Conjunctivitis

Despite clean habits, some patients develop conjunctivitis when wearing contacts. This is most often due to preservatives in the contact lens solutions. Should this occur, your optometrist can offer alternative cleaning methods to keep your contacts clean and keep your eyes healthy. In the meantime, topical steroids and ocular lubricants can heal the eyes and provide relief.

Contact Our Practice to Learn More

Are you having issues with your contact lenses? If so, reach out to one of our knowledgeable team members at GW Eye Associates. Contact us online anytime or call us at (858) 454-4699.

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Our team at GW Eye Associates in La Jolla and Del Mar can provide a wide range of high-quality eye care services. Dr. Gordon G. Wong and Dr. Wildon C. Wong have over 45 years of combined experience and belong to several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Optometric Association

For more information about our services, contact our office online or call us at (858) 454-4699 today.

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