How to Handle Contact Lens Discomfort


While contact lenses offer many benefits you can’t get from eyeglasses, it’s also possible that you’ll experience some discomfort when you’re wearing them. So what should you do? Here are some tips to consider:

  1. If you’re new to contact lenses, then you have to go through a period of adjustment. You can’t just suddenly wear contact lenses for the whole day and expect to feel no discomfort. So for the first 2 days, you should limit your use to around 4 hours or less. Then you can increase that by 2 hours every 2 days. This schedule can then get you accustomed to wear contact lenses for 12 hours after about 10 days.
  2. Check if you’re wearing your contact lenses properly. Newbies may sometimes wear them inside out.
  3. Follow your doctor’s recommendations regarding how to clean your contact lenses and your lens holder. You should follow these instructions to the letter, and clean the lenses as often as necessary according to the product instructions. You also need to make sure that you’re using the right cleaning solutions, so ask your doctor first to find out which cleaning solutions to use.
  4. The discomfort can be due to some debris in your eyes. Remove debris first by washing your hands properly and then by cleaning and disinfecting your contact lenses.
  5. Check with your doctor to make sure that the contact lenses are fitted properly. This should be done every time you visit your eye doctor.
  6. The problem may be with the material for the contact lenses, so a more comfortable material may be needed in your case. Daily disposable contact lenses may be your best bet, especially those with a water gradient for greater comfort. Some contact lenses are designed specifically for those who suffer from dry eyes. Silicone hydrogel lenses are more comfortable than regular soft contact lenses.
  7. If you have dry eyes, you may be prescribed an anti-inflammatory agent to treat the problem. This is often the recommended step when the dry eyes condition is caused by an underlying medical condition or by a medication you have to take.
  8. Sometimes dry eyes can be caused by environmental conditions, which you can then avoid or at least limit. You can avoid dry air, and at home you can use a humidifier. If you’re outside, limit your exposure to the wind and you can also wear eye protection. You should avoid smoke. You may also want to carry eye drops wherever you go.
  9. The problem may also be with the condition of the contact lenses, especially if you have some discomfort only in one eye. One of your lenses may have a tear.
  10. Check your eyelashes too. You may have a short eyelash that’s poking your lens when you blink.

Of course, it’s always possible that you’ll experience lens discomfort no matter what you do. If that’s the case, you only have 2 options: (1) you can go back to wearing eyeglasses, or (2) you may want to consider LASIK eye surgery.