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My Contact Lenses Are Bothering Me! Is There Anything I Can Do About It?

Get Relief for Eye Irritation from Contact Lenses, in Chase and Salmon Arm British Columbia

Contact lenses are typically comfortable a moment or two after insertion, or at least they should be. Most wearers barely notice their contacts at all throughout the day. However, if and when your lenses create tension or cause pain or a burning sensation – they can cause severe discomfort and painful eye irritation. What should you do when this happens? Your friendly Chase and Salmon Arm contact lenses specialists offer the following helpful information and guidelines.

Common Symptoms of Contact Lens Irritation

Uncomfortable symptoms due to contact lenses are relatively common but generally easy to deal with. Common symptoms include:

  • Redness in your eyewoman putting on contact lens
  • Stinging, itching, burning
  • Dry eyes
  • Decreased contact lens comfort as the day goes on
  • Constant sensation of something foreign or a scratch in your eye
  • Unusual eye secretions
  • Blurry vision
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Excessive tearing (watery eyes)

What to Do When Your Contact Lenses Hurt

If you are bothered by any of the above symptoms, the most important action to take is to remove your lenses immediately. If the problem stops, then inspect your lens closely. If you discover any type of damage, such as a tear, jagged edge, or crack, discard the lens immediately. If you find dirt, a stray eyelash, or any other small object stuck to the lens, then clean, disinfect, and rinse it thoroughly before putting it back into your eye.

Does the lens still irritate your eye even after you clean it? If so, contact our Salmon Arm or Chase contact lenses eye care professional to book an appointment. Simply re-inserting a contact lens that is uncomfortable can put your eyes at risk for serious damage. You may have a serious condition, such as a corneal ulcer or eye infection, and re-inserting the contact will only exacerbate the problem and the discomfort will continue.


Please be advised that all office visits including exams, frame selections, repairs, pick-ups, and drop-offs are by appointment only. We are required to wear a face mask in our office and ask that you bring yours to your appointment.

We are happy to serve our patients and community and are committed to keeping you as safe as possible.

Thank you.

The Shuswap Optometric Team