Contacts make eyes *less* bloodshot?

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by Bill, Mar 17, 2006.

  1. Bill

    Bill Guest

    I'm currently wearing Proclears, and I tolerate them pretty well. I've
    noticed a curious thing...my eyes become more white when wearing the
    lenses than without them, particularly at the beginning of the day. It
    seems like before I put them in, and after I take them out, my eyes
    become more bloodshot.

    Is this something I should be concerned about? Usually shouldn't it
    should be the other way around (the contacts should cause redness, not
    alleviate it)?

    Thanks -- Bill.
     
    Bill, Mar 17, 2006
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    CatmanX Guest

    Just be thankful. If there is no discomfort and redness, then all is
    well.

    dr grant
     
    CatmanX, Mar 17, 2006
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  3. I think that's a bad answer. His post indicates red eyes after contact
    lens removal, which means the contacts are likely masking an
    inflammatory process. He needs to find out what's causing it.

    w.stacy, o.d.
     
    William Stacy, Mar 17, 2006
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  4. Bill

    plpfoot Guest

    You are probably not blinking as much and holding your eyes open more
    widely when you are not wearing your contact lenses, thereby allowing
    your eyes to dry more causing more redness. With the contact lenses in
    place you can see more easily and therefore blink more naturally. You
    could also be irritating your eyes removing the contact lenses.

    Ted.
     
    plpfoot, Mar 18, 2006
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  5. Bill

    CatmanX Guest

    Is it? They are redder before and after lens wear. Does that mean there
    is and underluying tear film problem that is being fixed by the CL's?

    If the lenses were the issue, they would be red during wear and also
    some degree of discomfort.

    dr grant
     
    CatmanX, Mar 18, 2006
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  6. In my experience, when the epithelium is being damaged or has been
    damaged, whether by the CL or by something else, the CL will mask the
    problem while worn, which is why we use bandage CLs. Often times the
    pain and redness of a substantial abrasion will be entirely masked by
    the CL. Unfortunately, similar masking can even happen when an ulcer is
    forming. I am ALWAYS alarmed when a patient presents with a history
    like this.

    w.stacy, o.d.
     
    William Stacy, Mar 18, 2006
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    Neil Brooks Guest

    I tend to agree ... from my personal experience. Since there's some
    evidence of epithelial damage to my corneas (BAK??), My eyes look and
    feel significantly better in the CL's than I do without them.

    My uneducated opinion would be that he needs some quality fluorescein
    time under Ye Olde Slitte Lampe.

    YMMV....
     
    Neil Brooks, Mar 18, 2006
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  8. Bill

    Neil Brooks Guest

    ObThat, incidentally, I'm in the process of ordering a compunded drop
    from Leiter's Pharmacy in Northern Cal. They can access both
    Hyaluronic Acid (0.5%) (allegedly just an all-around beautiful thing,
    ophthalmically) and ophthalmic castor oil (improves tear stability
    issues caused by MGD) and will whip up a bottle of drops for me.

    Fingers crossed....
     
    Neil Brooks, Mar 18, 2006
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