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How to handle contact lens discomfort

Posted on 01 October 2013

There is nothing worse than when your contact lenses don't work, or don't feel good. It affects your vision, of course, but discomfort also affects your general outlook and attitude and long-term discomfort can greatly affect your quality of life over time.

But what are you supposed to do with contact lens discomfort, anyway? And how exactly can you handle it to ensure that you get the most out of your contact lenses while solving this problem, keeping your eyes healthy and ensuring good vision over time?

Here are just a few simple ways to handle contact lens discomfort and ways to ensure you get the most out of your contacts without worrying about your vision in the long run.

Talk to an eye doctor

First and foremost, it is important to go to your eyecare practitioner if you have long-term contact lens discomfort. An optometrist or ophthalmologist may be able to diagnose problems that you otherwise would never have been made aware of. In doing so, the eyecare professional can provide solutions for you that may involve changing contact lens brands and other suggestions for improving the symptoms and avoiding discomfort.

Eye drops, eye drops, eye drops

Eye drops are your friends when it comes to contact lens discomfort. By using eye drops, you keep your eyes hydrated and healthy and you avoid other major problems that relate to dried out eyes and dried out contact lenses. Use eye drops liberally to ensure that you get the most out of them and keep your eyes moist and healthy to avoid long-term discomfort problems with your lenses. If your lenses tend to develop deposits after some hours of wear, consider using an eye drop such as "Blink'n'Clean" which will help remove deposits while still wearing the lenses. 

Back-up pair of glasses

Consider using a back up pair of glasses to avoid wearing your contacts each and every day. Even just wearing glasses one or two days a week can greatly improve and help your discomfort symptoms and give your eyes enough of a break to ensure good health for your lenses and vision.

Take them out!

Finally, make it a point to wear your lenses for no more than 12-14 hours a day, if you can help it. Sleeping in your lenses, or wearing them excessively increases the risk of developing ocular irritation that can be associated with dryness. 

All in all, it is important to recognize that there can be a wide variety of causes and issues behind contact lens discomfort. Eye drops and back-up pairs of contacts and glasses can work very well when it comes to finding a high quality alternative and a legitimate solution to your contact lens problems. But it is also important to remember that something more serious may be going on over time. For that reason, you must remember to talk to your eyecare professional about long-term discomfort, in order to see if there is anything significant that you need to do or change to improve your vision and experience with lenses over time.         

Author: Kay Green