Sore eyes when wearing contacts only once a week.

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by TN, Feb 4, 2004.

  1. TN

    TN Guest

    I only wear my contacts one day a week, for four to eight hours. The
    next morning when I wake up, my eyes are a little tender, not bad, but
    noticable. Is this normal, and something that I'd get used to if I
    wore them every day, or something to be worried about?

    TN, Feb 4, 2004
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  2. I've noticed something similar in my own eyes, but I wear them on a
    very different schedule than you do. I wear Focus Night & Day lenses
    as extended-wear lenses (for which they have been fantastic for me).
    When I take them out every couple of weeks for overnight cleaning, I
    notice that my eyes feel slightly irritated every time I blink, and
    they feel much better when I put the lenses back in the next morning.
    My doc has been monitoring the health of my eyes and eyelids very
    carefully and frequently and says that I am doing well. I don't know
    what the explanation is, but would be interested in any opinions.

    Lothar of the Hill People, Feb 4, 2004
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  3. TN

    Neil_Brooks Guest

    Lothar of the Hill People chimed in from on high
    Just a lay person here, but it sounds to me that your extended wearing
    of these lenses could be causing some corneal (or possibly underside
    of your upper eyelids) irritation. It would make sense, then, that
    you feel it when you take out your lenses (nothing is protecting your
    cornea from the big bad eyelids), but not when you put the lenses back

    I'm not sure if this could happen with such subtlety that your doc
    sees no evidence under slit lamp examination . . . . ?

    Doc's: please feel free to correct/embellish ;-)

    Good luck.

    Neil_Brooks, Feb 5, 2004
  4. Sounds like a reasonable enough explanation to me, but my doc is
    pretty thorough, and carefully examines my corneas and lids using a
    fluorescein stain (he's a corneal specialist ophthalmologist), at
    least quarterly (monthly lately, since I'm on a new wearing schedule).
    He would notice if there was anything wrong, I am quite sure.

    I'm just curious if any other docs here have observed this to be
    common/typical. I'm not the slightest bit concerned about it,
    actually--I figured it just goes along with wearing contacts

    Lothar of the Hill People, Feb 6, 2004
  5. TN

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    Maybe your doc needs to check the underside of the eyelids a little more
    carefully. He might find some small papillae developing.

    Dr. Leukoma, Feb 6, 2004
  6. Thanks, DrG. I'll ask him about that at my next appointment. I take
    it from your response that you do not find the sensation that I
    experience when I remove my lenses to be normal or common?

    Incidentally, the slight irritation I feel after I remove my lenses
    does begin to subside after they have been out of my eyes for a day or

    Lothar of the Hill People, Feb 6, 2004
  7. TN

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    I wear Focus N&D and do not have this problem.

    Dr. Leukoma, Feb 7, 2004
  8. TN

    Neil_Brooks Guest

    Here's a real WAG from the cheap seats: I see TobraDex in Lothar's

    I believe that Dr. G was referring to GPC (Giant Papillary
    Conjunctivitis). I had this a few weeks ago. It resolved quickly
    with drops. You may want to look it up on the 'Net and see if it
    rings familiar.

    Good luck!


    Lothar of the Hill People wrote from on high:
    Neil_Brooks, Feb 7, 2004
  9. I am well familiar with GPC, and my doc specifically looks for that at
    my frequent appointments. He has not seen any sign of it. Still, I
    will ask him to take a closer look at my next appointment.

    Have any docs out there ever heard this complaint from a patient with
    Focus N&D (or any other) soft contact lenses (that the eyes feel
    slightly irritated for a time after removing them, but feel fine with
    the lenses in)?

    Lothar of the Hill People, Feb 7, 2004
  10. TN

    TN Guest

    I got a little hijacked here. Can someone give me an answer? Bueller?
    TN, Feb 10, 2004
  11. TN

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    (TN) wrote in
    That depends on whether they are rigid or soft lenses. If you don't wear
    rigid lenses everyday, then you will not build up tolerance. It is
    definitely not normal for soft lenses.

    Dr. Leukoma, Feb 11, 2004
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