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Contact Lenses (cont.)

What Are Home Remedies for Contact Lens Problems?

  • If you experience irritation, pain, blurred vision, redness, or light sensitivity, immediately remove your contact lenses and reevaluate your symptoms.
  • Because you should not wear your contact lenses when experiencing these problems, you should have an up-to-date pair of glasses for these times. With well-fitting contact lenses, you should be able to remove your lenses and see well with your glasses, essentially immediately. Blurred vision, lasting for hours, upon removal of the contacts is usually a sign of poorly fitting contact lenses. If your vision is blurred, with your glasses, when lenses are removed, notify your fitter.

You should examine your contact lenses for any defects. In the case of a torn soft lens or a cracked gas permeable lens, your eye should feel immediately relieved once you remove the lens. If soap or cleaning solution gets in your contact lens case and, in turn, on your lenses, irrigate your eyes with your rinsing solution or tap water if no sterile solution is available. Tap water, especially overseas or in warm climates, may be contaminated with harmful germs. This can cause an extremely painful infection. Then, either discard the lenses or rinse them off multiple times in the storage solution to rid the lenses of the soap.

  • When the irritation is from something blowing into the eye, remove the lens and look for a foreign body. The foreign body may be removed with a cotton-tipped applicator or a rolled-up piece of facial tissue. Once removed, your eye should feel immediately relieved of the discomfort.
  • If eyedrops are prescribed for an infection, you should use these eyedrops, usually with the contacts out of your eyes. Ask your doctor whether you should remove your lenses when instilling drops. You should not wear contacts when your eyes are red or irritated.
    • To instill eyedrops, hold your head back and chin up. Squeeze one drop out of the bottle. If more than one drop comes out, this will not cause damage to the eye...Do not touch your lashes or eyelids with the dropper. Close your eyes gently so that you do not squeeze the drop out of your eye for about 30 seconds after instillation. Do not rub your eyes.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/1/2016
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