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How To Prevent Common Contact Lens Issues

Remember how thrilled you were to graduate from wearing glasses to contact lenses? It seemed easier, your vision improved, and yes, you thought you looked better without your glasses.

Now reality has set in and maybe the thrill is gone. You have numerous issues you never experienced with those glasses. Let’s investigate how to prevent common contact lens issues.

Get The Proper Fit

To avoid contact lens issues be sure you have a professional do your fitting. If your lenses do not conform properly to your eyes, you will experience discomfort and decreased vision. Be aware that contact lenses are a medical device and must be prescribed by an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist. Start there.

Proper Care And Maintenance Is Critical

Remain diligent with cleaning and maintaining your lenses. Many contact wearers become lax as time passes. Serious issues can arise when contacts are not properly cleaned, stored and replaced as prescribed. Always use sterile cleaning solutions, never plain water.

You introduce bacteria into your eyes if they are not cared for appropriately. The result is red, itchy, uncomfortable eyes which can develop into more serious issues like inflammations and infections.

Wash your hands, handle your contacts carefully, and don’t forget to clean the inside of the lenses.

Dry Eye Issues

If you already suffer from dry eye, think long and hard about contact lenses. They can exacerbate those issues especially if you wear them for long periods of time. Most contacts inhibit the amount of oxygen and moisture necessary for healthy eyes. If you are determined to wear contacts, limit the amount of time you wear them each day. Never sleep in them, and talk to your doctor about remedies including prescriptions for dry eyes.


Living in Texas saddles us with allergy issues twelve months out of the year. Pollen in the air can get between the inner surface of the lens and our eyes causing discomfort. Allergies are bad enough when you don’t wear contact lenses – they can become unbearable with them. Red, itchy inflamed eyes are no fun, so maybe wear your glasses during the worst part of the season.

You could also consider LASIK surgery.

There are patients who wear contact lenses and no amount of moisture drops relieves the discomfort. From the moment they insert them, all they want to do is rip them out. Sometimes they have difficulty just removing them because they are so dry. These patients could be contact lens intolerant.

If you have constant contact lens issues making your life miserable, consider scheduling a LASIK consultation at South Texas Eye Institute.

If you are ready to see the world without all the hassles and contact lens issues, take advantage of our Fall Special with $2020 off LASIK