quick contact lens question

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by liz.goldstein, Sep 1, 2006.

  1. Hi...I've received a lot of great answers on here before, I figured I'd
    try again.

    So after all the questions I asked previously, I eventually did end up
    getting contacts, and I'm happy with them. (They're Acuvue Oasys, 2
    week disposables...I'm supposed to open up my new set tomorrow).

    I just took one of my lenses out (admittedly I left it in for too long
    as I was out all day and writing a paper...next time I'll set a timer
    to go off), and although it didn't hurt while it was in, as soon as I
    took it out, my eye started hurting. I put some moisturizing drops in
    and it's starting to feel better. (And I won't wear my contacts this
    weekend to give myself some time away from them.)

    Also...my optometrist showed me a picture of what I shouldn't see in my
    eye (basically, the picture was really bloodshot.) Is it normal to be
    able to see *some* redness (I guess they're the blood vessels) in
    there? I'm trying to find pictures of what's expected and what's not,
    but I'm having trouble.

    I'm at school and I won't be able to get to my optomentrist at home for
    a while, so I figured I'd ask for advice around here until I can find
    someone out by school to see.

    liz.goldstein, Sep 1, 2006
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  2. As I've posted here before, I've refit a lot of people with oasys and
    I'm getting a little bit nervous about it due to all the keratitis I've
    seen with the lens. Not sure if it is totally due to this, but
    apparently quite a few of the problem cases have not been digitally
    cleaning (rubbing) the lenses after wear, and quite a few have been
    using generic solutions. Avoid those two issues, and maybe the problem
    will clear. maybe not. Have your doc take a look if you're not a lot
    better by tomorrow or the next day, for sure...

    w.stacy, o.d.
    William Stacy, Sep 1, 2006
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  3. Whoa whoa whoa, I'm supposed to rub the lenses after I take them out? I
    was told just to rinse and put in the case. They won't rip?
    liz.goldstein, Sep 1, 2006
  4. liz.goldstein

    LarryDoc Guest

    There are only a few reasons why your eye would hurt upon removal of the
    lenses: (in order of likelihood)

    1. The lens was dry and you irritated or actually removed a bit of the
    superficial cornea epithelium. Eye gets red, feels like something is
    still in there, gets better in a couple of hours, maximum. Fix is to
    put a drop of saline or contact lens appropriate drops in, wait 30 secs
    and remove lenses. Short term: wait at least 12 hours before wearing the
    lens again. If still hurts or feels like something's not right the next
    day, or does not get better in 2 hours, seek immediate medical
    attention! You might have an infection.

    2. Your finger touched your eye in the process of removing the lens.

    3. Lens was not clean when put in and slowly irritatde the cornea during
    the day, not noticed until removal. Then as # 1 above. Fix: When storing
    the lenses overnight, be sure to "rub, rinse and store in fresh
    solution". No rub mans no clean. Or at least less clean.

    4. You are sensitive to the silicone plastic (applies to all silicone
    lenses) and/or the chemicals added to the material---a sometimes issue
    with Acuvue Advance and Oasys. Not likely the cause if it happens to
    only one eye but still possible.

    That should help you trouble shoot and fix/avoid the problem.

    LB, O.D.
    LarryDoc, Sep 1, 2006
  5. Thank you to the posters who have responded. My eye feels better. :) I
    didn't wear my contacts for a couple of days, and I went out and bought
    new solution and a new case. I'm also going to start rubbing them
    lenses when I clean them...I can't believe nobody at the the
    optometrist's office mentioned this to me.

    liz.goldstein, Sep 5, 2006
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