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What to do if your contact lenses irritate your eyes

by Mallory Murphy August 01, 2013

Kinds of Eye Contact Lens for Certain Conditions

Eye contacts have evolved since the idea of lenses was brought up by Leonardo Da Vinci during the early 1500’s. From glass, contact lenses are now part glass/part plastic. As a result, it is now much easier to fit them into your eyes. Different kinds of lenses are now in use due to varying eye conditions.

If you have a certain condition in your eyes, wearing the wrong kind of contact lenses can be extremely uncomfortable and may cause irritation. There are also certain factors that may cause the irritation. For example, is there a schedule for wearing the contacts? Is it suitable for long term use and others?

Contact Lens for Certain conditions

Eye contacts are designed to make you feel good and comfortable. If there is irritation or discomfort, it is recommended to consult an eye doctor especially if you are suffering from a certain eye problem. You may be required to wear a different kind of eye contact if you have a certain problem in your eyes.

For people with Keratoconus, a condition characterized by a misshaped cornea, contacts with special hybrid lens is prescribed. These lenses are fitted by specially trained doctors and hence could be quite expensive. But you can get your money’s worth as they can bring comfort to a delicate part of your body.

Eye contacts with toric lenses are available for people with astigmatism. These types of lenses remain aligned and will not turn around. Aside from that, they assure sufficient movement during blinks. With astigmatism, the eye finds it difficult to focus light. It can result to a blurry vision at any distance.

For individuals suffering from chronic dry eyes, wearing soft contacts is not recommended as it will caused discomfort and may cause your eyes to become drier. Nowadays, doctors will recommend soft contact lens that has longer moisture than other soft lenses which can bring discomfort for a longer period of time.

Another option for dry eyes is a lens fitted with plugs made from silicon or collagen. This device is fitted near the tear ducts located in the inner portion of your eyelids. This will stop tears from falling and will be captured near the surface. Fitting them is not painful and you will not feel that you are wearing contacts.

For people with Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis, wearing disposable eye contacts may be enough as they will be thrown away after a single use preventing the eyes from accumulating protein deposits. Protein going into the eye may result to inflammation and bring about an allergic reaction. It may result to the formation of lid glands which secretes materials that forms a thin transparent sheet on contact lenses making the eyes irritated, uncomfortable and may result to further vision problems.

Wearing contacts is a good alternative for regular eyeglasses. They will make you look and feel good. They can give you normal vision but then again wearing the wrong kind of lens may do more harm than good. For this reason, it is best to consult your doctor if you have a certain kind of eye problem before buying contact lenses.

Wearing eye contacts can help improve vision. The eye is a vital body organ so taking care of them is our responsibility. Wearing contacts without seeing your doctor is not recommended as it can bring further problems to your eyes. Yes, you may look good in the short term but in the long run it can aggravate your situation. So buy the recommend kind of lenses and you can look forward to long term comfort in your eyes. 

Mallory Murphy
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