Increasingly irritated eyes because of contacts

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by James Kilton, Oct 10, 2003.

  1. James Kilton

    James Kilton Guest


    This is new territory for me so I'm hoping to get some advice. I've
    been using soft contacts for around 2 years now. I tended not to
    notice them at first but things have gone somewhat downhill over the
    last year or so. My eyes are red and uncomfortable more often.
    Rewetting drops seem to help but I'm not sure if it's good to be using
    them 4-5 times a day. Generally they take away some of the
    uncomfortability but the redness remains.

    I only wear these things about 10 hours a day on weekdays (glasses the
    rest of the time). A lot of times it seems like my eyes get worse
    throughout the week and then better over the weekend while the
    contacts are out. I originally used the Opti-something no-rub
    solution in the green bottle. Changing to Renu's no-rub seemed to
    help for a while but then things seemed to revert. I've recently
    switched to a standard (i.e., not no-rub) Opti-One solution to see if
    perhaps the no-rub stuff is too strong for my eyes. It's too early to
    tell if this will help at all.

    Basically I guess I'm wondering what fellow sensitive-eye contact
    wearers are doing to battle this problem. Are there other cleaning
    solutions I should try? My concern has been a perceived solution
    strength vs. lense cleanliness tradeoff. One thing I've wondered is
    how wet the contacts should be when I insert them, the concern being
    that maybe too much of the cleaning solution is going into my eye from
    the start. I've tried putting them in fairly dry and immediately
    putting some rewetting drops in to compensate but I don't know that
    this helped to a noticeable degree.

    Any advice would be immensely appreciated.

    James Kilton, Oct 10, 2003
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    Dr Judy Guest

    So how old are the lenses and when did you last have your fitter check them.
    Non disposable lenses are good for about a year to 18 months, then need to
    be replaced as they get a build up of deposits that cannot be cleaned off
    and that will irritate the lids, blur vision and reduce oxygen transmission.
    Lenses and cornea should be checked yearly. The problem could be the
    lenses, the solutions or your eyes, see your fitter for diagnosis and

    Dr Judy
    Dr Judy, Oct 10, 2003
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  3. James Kilton

    James Kilton Guest

    I use ones that last 2 weeks, actually. I used to wear them for 3
    weeks since I don't wear them all day and only 5 days a week, but I've
    stopped doing that now that they're bothering me.

    James Kilton, Oct 11, 2003
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    Dr Judy Guest

    See your fitter to find out what is wrong.

    Dr Judy
    Dr Judy, Oct 12, 2003
  5. James Kilton

    drfrank21 Guest

    As Dr. Judy has stated you should be evaluated by your eye care provider.

    The possibilities I suspect are 1) a dry eye problem , 2) a solution
    sensitivity problem (switching to a h2o2 system may be the answer),
    or 3) a fit problem (ie cl's may be too tight). Of the three, my hunch
    is that of a solution sensitivity problem. The one day disposables may
    be a possible solution for you. That way the solution issue if minimal.

    drfrank21, Oct 13, 2003
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