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    Default New to RGP - red eye problem Help

    Hi Guys

    I have been wearing my new RP lenses for about 3 weeks now, while they are feeling more comfortable I am having issues with red eyes. Even after a couple of hours there a red "stripes" across my eyes horizontally, say from 3 o clock to 9 o clock if that makes sense. I use drops but that seems to only help for a few minutes. After I take out my lenses the redness is gone by the next morning.

    I went back to the optometrists after 2 weeks and they are happy with the fit, they say the redness is caused by dry eye and should get better? Is this normal for the adaptation period? I am getting really frustrated as I can't really go out in public with these red eyes without scaring everyone

    Seeing the optometrist again in about 3 weeks to follow up, I hope this gets better. Anyone have similar experiences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 321contact View Post
    Hi Guys

    I have been wearing my new RP lenses for about 3 weeks now, while they are feeling more comfortable I am having issues with red eyes. Even after a couple of hours there a red "stripes" across my eyes horizontally, say from 3 o clock to 9 o clock if that makes sense. I use drops but that seems to only help for a few minutes. After I take out my lenses the redness is gone by the next morning.

    I went back to the optometrists after 2 weeks and they are happy with the fit, they say the redness is caused by dry eye and should get better? Is this normal for the adaptation period? I am getting really frustrated as I can't really go out in public with these red eyes without scaring everyone

    Seeing the optometrist again in about 3 weeks to follow up, I hope this gets better. Anyone have similar experiences?
    I can't say I've had a similar experience myself, but I've read about this sort of thing here. I've heard of red blood vessels visible in the eyes, but I've never heard them described as horizontal.
    The thing about RGP lenses though, is that they don't contain any water, so when you put them in your eyes, the immediately start to absorb moisture from your eyes. It's just something you get used to, I guess. Have you got any eye drops for the dryness and redness?

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    Currently my drops are for lubricating/wetting the eye. Don't think they target redness but are supposed to help, apparently. Redness starts off "horizontal" but eventually ater say 6-8 hours the redness spreads, seems to all of the exposed part of the eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 321contact View Post
    Currently my drops are for lubricating/wetting the eye. Don't think they target redness but are supposed to help, apparently. Redness starts off "horizontal" but eventually after say 6-8 hours the redness spreads, seems to all of the exposed part of the eye.
    Have you tried the eye drops? If those don't help, Visine has eye drops especially formulated for contact lens users.

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    I use the Boston rewetting drops which seem to reduce the redness but only slightly, eventually the redness is pretty bad.

    Has anyone had problems with red eyes during the adaptation period, is this normal and how long can it take for the redness to go away?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 321contact View Post
    Hi Guys

    I have been wearing my new RP lenses for about 3 weeks now, while they are feeling more comfortable I am having issues with red eyes. Even after a couple of hours there a red "stripes" across my eyes horizontally, say from 3 o clock to 9 o clock if that makes sense. I use drops but that seems to only help for a few minutes. After I take out my lenses the redness is gone by the next morning.

    I went back to the optometrists after 2 weeks and they are happy with the fit, they say the redness is caused by dry eye and should get better? Is this normal for the adaptation period? I am getting really frustrated as I can't really go out in public with these red eyes without scaring everyone

    Seeing the optometrist again in about 3 weeks to follow up, I hope this gets better. Anyone have similar experiences?
    It's been a few weeks since we've heard from you 321contact. How are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 321contact View Post
    I use the Boston rewetting drops which seem to reduce the redness but only slightly, eventually the redness is pretty bad.

    Has anyone had problems with red eyes during the adaptation period, is this normal and how long can it take for the redness to go away?
    I've never worn Boston contact lenses, but I would imagine that they might feel a little uncomfortable at first, since they're rigid lenses. It might take a while to adapt, so hang in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tradecade View Post
    I've never worn Boston contact lenses, but I would imagine that they might feel a little uncomfortable at first, since they're rigid lenses. It might take a while to adapt, so hang in there.

    And now, a blue-eyed fuzzy kitten.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 321contact View Post
    I use the Boston rewetting drops which seem to reduce the redness but only slightly, eventually the redness is pretty bad.

    Has anyone had problems with red eyes during the adaptation period, is this normal and how long can it take for the redness to go away?
    redness is a common symptom of rgp lens adaptation. Some people reduce their blinking rate due to the upper and lower lids gliding over the lens surface or tilting the head up so that the upper edge is tucked underneath the upper lids.

    blinking excercises are great to do everyday. blink 20 full blinks up down left right.

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