dry eyes/contact lens problem

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by Becky, Sep 17, 2003.

  1. Becky

    Becky Guest

    Over a period of several years, I have tried the following brands of
    contacts:
    Accuvue 2
    Accuvue One Day
    Proclear Compatibles
    Focus Night and Day

    I was fitted for the Focus Night and Day about 5 weeks ago. I wore
    them as a daily wear lens, cleaning with Aosept Clear Care. They were
    very comfortable and I was thrilled to find a lens I could wear
    comfortably. Unfortunately, that lasted for only 3 weeks. I began
    using Thera Tears drops for comfort some during the day, but they
    still were not comfortable, so I discarded them and tried a new pair.
    This new pair also was not very comfortable. I have noticed that when
    this happens and my eyes feel dry, my vision is not so wonderful,
    either, and I wonder if my eyes are being damaged.

    I am 50 and female, and understand that is likely the source of my dry
    eyes. I really don't mind my glasses terribly most of the time, as my
    presciption is low, -1.25. However,I am very active and there are
    times when I don't like to wear them, and they are inconvenient
    (white-water rafting, kayaking, fishing, amusement parks---just a few
    off the top of my head). Does anyone have any suggestions or
    experience with this? I was wondering if a daily disposable in another
    brand might work better than Accuvue. My optometrist seems open to
    letting me try different brands. Thanks!
     
    Becky, Sep 17, 2003
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  2. Becky

    Milkphish Guest

    Try a daily wear lens instead of a disposable lens, that might help.
    Disposable lenses are made very cheaply. Essentially, they are
    "stamped" out of large sheets of polymers. The edges on these lenses
    are actually very "sharp" when compared with a traditionally made
    daily wear lense. (If you let a disposable lense dry up you'll see
    what I'm talking about as the edges tend to "roll up" in a wavy
    pattern). Imagine, now, your lense drying out - this is essentially
    what your eyelids are rubbing against and may be be the underlying
    irritant.

    Also, you might be overusing your "comfort" drops. Many drops contain
    harsh chemicals that when overused can create strange effects with
    your eyes and the ocular environment. You might want to quit using
    your "comfort" drops for 2 weeks and see what happens. When your eyes
    dry out, simply remove your lenses and rewet with your normal solution
    and re-insert. This should alleviate many of the problems, and within
    a week your eyes should feel better. You're probably not damaging
    your eyes, but your eyes are being irritated by either: (1) the drops;
    (2) the lenses; or (3)the dryness.

    Hope this helps.
     
    Milkphish, Sep 19, 2003
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