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Old 02-14-2011, 01:08 PM
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I have naturally light grey-blue eyes with a very dark limbal ring. For a long time I've been in search of the "perfect" enhancing contact lenses and I found them!

Impressions colours. They give me a slightly bigger iris, but really look natural on my eyes. One problem is, I think I've developed an allergy to them. clearlycontacts.ca/contact-lenses/impressions-colors/prod96102.html

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62% Polymacon, 38% water

My eyes started to go red inconsistently, and I couldn't figure out why. When I visited the doctor he said it looks like irritation, definitely not infection and gave me allergy drops to use. He said it could be the wind and to stay away from contacts for awhile, so I did. I threw out my contacts, bought new ones and waited for the red to clear. Then I started using the new ones and all was fine until a few days later, same thing happened. That's when I started suspecting the contacts. I bought Focus daily, clear contacts and my eyes are ok with them. It's just THESE contacts that give me the issues.

Is it possible to develop an allergy to the material? I had worn this brand for 6 months before and everything was fine. I would wear them up to 16 hours a day and nothing would happen. I don't know why suddenly my eyes hate them.

I want to try Allure Limbal Ring contacts, but I'm scared the same thing will happen and I don't want to waste money. clearlycontacts.ca/contact-lenses/allure/prod96103.html

I wonder if I'm just allergic to the Polymacon in the Impressions contacts. These new ones, Allure, use HEMA.

Any suggestions?
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Old 02-14-2011, 02:37 PM
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I have naturally light grey-blue eyes with a very dark limbal ring. For a long time I've been in search of the "perfect" enhancing contact lenses and I found them!

Impressions colours. They give me a slightly bigger iris, but really look natural on my eyes. One problem is, I think I've developed an allergy to them. clearlycontacts.ca/contact-lenses/impressions-colors/prod96102.html

Material
62% Polymacon, 38% water

My eyes started to go red inconsistently, and I couldn't figure out why. When I visited the doctor he said it looks like irritation, definitely not infection and gave me allergy drops to use. He said it could be the wind and to stay away from contacts for awhile, so I did. I threw out my contacts, bought new ones and waited for the red to clear. Then I started using the new ones and all was fine until a few days later, same thing happened. That's when I started suspecting the contacts. I bought Focus daily, clear contacts and my eyes are ok with them. It's just THESE contacts that give me the issues.

Is it possible to develop an allergy to the material? I had worn this brand for 6 months before and everything was fine. I would wear them up to 16 hours a day and nothing would happen. I don't know why suddenly my eyes hate them.

I want to try Allure Limbal Ring contacts, but I'm scared the same thing will happen and I don't want to waste money. clearlycontacts.ca/contact-lenses/allure/prod96103.html

I wonder if I'm just allergic to the Polymacon in the Impressions contacts. These new ones, Allure, use HEMA.

Any suggestions?
I never heard of anyone "developing" an allergy until recently. I always thought you were allergic to something or you weren't. Then a friend of mine had a severe allergic reaction to something for the first time after being exposed to it a number of times before.

So yes, it is possible that you've developed an allergic reaction to the material in your contact lenses. It may also be a reaction to the solution you clean them in as well. It could also be something in the air, an infection, or any number of things. If you want to try the Allure contact lenses, ask your eye doctor if you can have a free sample pair, that way if you react to them, you haven't wasted money on them. Let us know how it goes.
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Old 02-14-2011, 04:42 PM
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I have naturally light grey-blue eyes with a very dark limbal ring. For a long time I've been in search of the "perfect" enhancing contact lenses and I found them!

Impressions colours. They give me a slightly bigger iris, but really look natural on my eyes. One problem is, I think I've developed an allergy to them. clearlycontacts.ca/contact-lenses/impressions-colors/prod96102.html

Material
62% Polymacon, 38% water

My eyes started to go red inconsistently, and I couldn't figure out why. When I visited the doctor he said it looks like irritation, definitely not infection and gave me allergy drops to use. He said it could be the wind and to stay away from contacts for awhile, so I did. I threw out my contacts, bought new ones and waited for the red to clear. Then I started using the new ones and all was fine until a few days later, same thing happened. That's when I started suspecting the contacts. I bought Focus daily, clear contacts and my eyes are ok with them. It's just THESE contacts that give me the issues.

Is it possible to develop an allergy to the material? I had worn this brand for 6 months before and everything was fine. I would wear them up to 16 hours a day and nothing would happen. I don't know why suddenly my eyes hate them.

I want to try Allure Limbal Ring contacts, but I'm scared the same thing will happen and I don't want to waste money. clearlycontacts.ca/contact-lenses/allure/prod96103.html

I wonder if I'm just allergic to the Polymacon in the Impressions contacts. These new ones, Allure, use HEMA.

Any suggestions?
I'm having a little trouble following you. Could it be that you just got a bad pair of contact lenses? Did you say you changed to a new pair of contacts before you saw your doctor and he said to let your eyes rest? Did your eyes turn red again after you put in a new pair?
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I'm having a little trouble following you. Could it be that you just got a bad pair of contact lenses? Did you say you changed to a new pair of contacts before you saw your doctor and he said to let your eyes rest? Did your eyes turn red again after you put in a new pair?
Initially, I thought it might be the contacts causing irritation, so I bought new ones, and after a few days of wearing them, the new pair caused the same irritation.

I changed to a new pair after my doctor said to rest my eyes.

After changing to a new pair, it was ok, and then it started acting up again. Thing is, it's not consistent. If I wear them today they might be ok, then tomorrow they'll irritate me. It seems to only be this brand, but it's not my first time using it. So I don't know what it is about them. I don't know if it's the size, or compound, material, etc. I wonder if anyone has had this happen.

I've never ever had a problem with contacts. I rely on them so much LOL.
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Initially, I thought it might be the contacts causing irritation, so I bought new ones, and after a few days of wearing them, the new pair caused the same irritation.

I changed to a new pair after my doctor said to rest my eyes.

After changing to a new pair, it was ok, and then it started acting up again. Thing is, it's not consistent. If I wear them today they might be ok, then tomorrow they'll irritate me. It seems to only be this brand, but it's not my first time using it. So I don't know what it is about them. I don't know if it's the size, or compound, material, etc. I wonder if anyone has had this happen.

I've never ever had a problem with contacts. I rely on them so much LOL.
Wow. It sounds like you've got a real mystery on your hands. Unfortunately I can't help you with my experience. I can only keep you company until someone else comes along who has gone through the same thing and can explain why it's happening to you.
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Old 03-08-2011, 03:23 PM
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Just out of curiosity, you have pretty much the same eye color as me, and I was hoping to try the Impressions lenses. What color(s) have you tried? Which look best? Do the lenses look natural, and does the limbal ring effect make a difference? I am looking for a natural (versus bold) look. Thanks, and sorry about your prospective allergy!
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I have naturally light grey-blue eyes with a very dark limbal ring. For a long time I've been in search of the "perfect" enhancing contact lenses and I found them!

Impressions colours. They give me a slightly bigger iris, but really look natural on my eyes. One problem is, I think I've developed an allergy to them. clearlycontacts.ca/contact-lenses/impressions-colors/prod96102.html

Material
62% Polymacon, 38% water

My eyes started to go red inconsistently, and I couldn't figure out why. When I visited the doctor he said it looks like irritation, definitely not infection and gave me allergy drops to use. He said it could be the wind and to stay away from contacts for awhile, so I did. I threw out my contacts, bought new ones and waited for the red to clear. Then I started using the new ones and all was fine until a few days later, same thing happened. That's when I started suspecting the contacts. I bought Focus daily, clear contacts and my eyes are ok with them. It's just THESE contacts that give me the issues.

Is it possible to develop an allergy to the material? I had worn this brand for 6 months before and everything was fine. I would wear them up to 16 hours a day and nothing would happen. I don't know why suddenly my eyes hate them.

I want to try Allure Limbal Ring contacts, but I'm scared the same thing will happen and I don't want to waste money. clearlycontacts.ca/contact-lenses/allure/prod96103.html

I wonder if I'm just allergic to the Polymacon in the Impressions contacts. These new ones, Allure, use HEMA.

Any suggestions?
I did a little bit of research on line about allergic reactions to polymacon, but I didn't find anything specific. Then there was one article from a medical journal about allergic reactions to cleaning solutions. Could that explain the problems you've been having? Did you start using a different cleaning solution for the Impressions Colors when you developed symptoms?

When you switched to Focus Dailies, you probably didn't use anything to clean them, did you? You just put them in each morning and then threw them away at bed time, right? That might be your problem. Do you like the Focus Dailies enough to keep using them?
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I did a little bit of research on line about allergic reactions to polymacon, but I didn't find anything specific. Then there was one article from a medical journal about allergic reactions to cleaning solutions. Could that explain the problems you've been having? Did you start using a different cleaning solution for the Impressions Colors when you developed symptoms?

When you switched to Focus Dailies, you probably didn't use anything to clean them, did you? You just put them in each morning and then threw them away at bed time, right? That might be your problem. Do you like the Focus Dailies enough to keep using them?
That sounds like some good detective work, Pete. When I read reason00 say "if I wear them today they might be ok, then tomorrow they'll irritate me." To me that indicates that it's not the lenses themselves, but another factor. I hope to hear some more from reason00.
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That sounds like some good detective work, Pete. When I read reason00 say "if I wear them today they might be ok, then tomorrow they'll irritate me." To me that indicates that it's not the lenses themselves, but another factor. I hope to hear some more from reason00.
You're right, Bonkers. If the lenses were to blame for the irritation, they would be uncomfortable every day.
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Old 05-04-2011, 02:33 PM
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I have naturally light grey-blue eyes with a very dark limbal ring. For a long time I've been in search of the "perfect" enhancing contact lenses and I found them!

Impressions colours. They give me a slightly bigger iris, but really look natural on my eyes. One problem is, I think I've developed an allergy to them. clearlycontacts.ca/contact-lenses/impressions-colors/prod96102.html

Material
62% Polymacon, 38% water

My eyes started to go red inconsistently, and I couldn't figure out why. When I visited the doctor he said it looks like irritation, definitely not infection and gave me allergy drops to use. He said it could be the wind and to stay away from contacts for awhile, so I did. I threw out my contacts, bought new ones and waited for the red to clear. Then I started using the new ones and all was fine until a few days later, same thing happened. That's when I started suspecting the contacts. I bought Focus daily, clear contacts and my eyes are ok with them. It's just THESE contacts that give me the issues.

Is it possible to develop an allergy to the material? I had worn this brand for 6 months before and everything was fine. I would wear them up to 16 hours a day and nothing would happen. I don't know why suddenly my eyes hate them.

I want to try Allure Limbal Ring contacts, but I'm scared the same thing will happen and I don't want to waste money. clearlycontacts.ca/contact-lenses/allure/prod96103.html

I wonder if I'm just allergic to the Polymacon in the Impressions contacts. These new ones, Allure, use HEMA.

Any suggestions?
Did you find any of the posts on this site helpful, reason00?
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You're right, Bonkers. If the lenses were to blame for the irritation, they would be uncomfortable every day.
Now all we need is to hear back.
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Now all we need is to hear back.
It's been almost three months since I asked.
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Initially, I thought it might be the contacts causing irritation, so I bought new ones, and after a few days of wearing them, the new pair caused the same irritation.

I changed to a new pair after my doctor said to rest my eyes.

After changing to a new pair, it was ok, and then it started acting up again. Thing is, it's not consistent. If I wear them today they might be ok, then tomorrow they'll irritate me. It seems to only be this brand, but it's not my first time using it. So I don't know what it is about them. I don't know if it's the size, or compound, material, etc. I wonder if anyone has had this happen.

I've never ever had a problem with contacts. I rely on them so much LOL.
Well reason00, it looks like you got about five replies to your question. Aren't you going to comment on them?
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You're right, Bonkers. If the lenses were to blame for the irritation, they would be uncomfortable every day.
That's just what I was trying to say. I'm glad you were able to put it more simply.
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I have naturally light grey-blue eyes with a very dark limbal ring. For a long time I've been in search of the "perfect" enhancing contact lenses and I found them!

Impressions colours. They give me a slightly bigger iris, but really look natural on my eyes. One problem is, I think I've developed an allergy to them. clearlycontacts.ca/contact-lenses/impressions-colors/prod96102.html

Material
62% Polymacon, 38% water

My eyes started to go red inconsistently, and I couldn't figure out why. When I visited the doctor he said it looks like irritation, definitely not infection and gave me allergy drops to use. He said it could be the wind and to stay away from contacts for awhile, so I did. I threw out my contacts, bought new ones and waited for the red to clear. Then I started using the new ones and all was fine until a few days later, same thing happened. That's when I started suspecting the contacts. I bought Focus daily, clear contacts and my eyes are ok with them. It's just THESE contacts that give me the issues.

Is it possible to develop an allergy to the material? I had worn this brand for 6 months before and everything was fine. I would wear them up to 16 hours a day and nothing would happen. I don't know why suddenly my eyes hate them.

I want to try Allure Limbal Ring contacts, but I'm scared the same thing will happen and I don't want to waste money. clearlycontacts.ca/contact-lenses/allure/prod96103.html

I wonder if I'm just allergic to the Polymacon in the Impressions contacts. These new ones, Allure, use HEMA.

Any suggestions?
I'm sorry about your allergy to certain contacts, because I am really allergic to the Opti-Free contact lens solutions.

My eye color sounds very similar to yours, and wondered if you had any photos of you in the Impressions contacts? Also, what color did you buy?
Since they're pretty expensive, I'd really appreciate it if you could post some pics!

Thanks,
Alison
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I'm sorry about your allergy to certain contacts, because I am really allergic to the Opti-Free contact lens solutions.

My eye color sounds very similar to yours, and wondered if you had any photos of you in the Impressions contacts? Also, what color did you buy?
Since they're pretty expensive, I'd really appreciate it if you could post some pics!

Thanks,
Alison
Hello Rogue81/Alison. Have you found a contact lenses solution that does not trigger a reaction?
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Hello Rogue81/Alison. Have you found a contact lenses solution that does not trigger a reaction?
After several tries with brands, including eye drops, that only irritated my sensitive eyes, I finally had a doctor suggest one to me and I've been using it for years. I would highly recommend them to anyone.

I use Ciba Vision ClearCare. It's a no-rub solution you put in a disposable "cup" that cleans your contacts/removes the proteins overnight. You have to leave your contacts in there for at least 6 hours because that's how long it takes to convert the peroxide to saline.) I really like it because my contacts last a lot longer since they're not having the wear/tear from a rubbing solution.

I use Unisol 4 Saline solution when I take my contacts in/out since my eyes get so dry. Unlike other eyedrops w/preservatives, it feels like actual tears and is not irritating at all. They come in packs of three, which is great b/c I can keep one in my purse and one at work.
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After several tries with brands, including eye drops, that only irritated my sensitive eyes, I finally had a doctor suggest one to me and I've been using it for years. I would highly recommend them to anyone.

I use Ciba Vision ClearCare. It's a no-rub solution you put in a disposable "cup" that cleans your contacts/removes the proteins overnight. You have to leave your contacts in there for at least 6 hours because that's how long it takes to convert the peroxide to saline.) I really like it because my contacts last a lot longer since they're not having the wear/tear from a rubbing solution.

I use Unisol 4 Saline solution when I take my contacts in/out since my eyes get so dry. Unlike other eyedrops w/preservatives, it feels like actual tears and is not irritating at all. They come in packs of three, which is great b/c I can keep one in my purse and one at work.
Ah yes, Clear Care. It's pretty well known around these parts. You put your lenses in a little basket which then goes into the cup, right?
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Ah yes, Clear Care. It's pretty well known around these parts. You put your lenses in a little basket which then goes into the cup, right?
Yes, each side flips up for you to put your lens in, and then you screw the top into the cup. The metallic disc at the bottom neutralizes the peroxide into saline after six hours.

I only started using Clear Care when they discontinued selling the original AOSEPT disinfectant solution at my CVS. I honestly can't tell the difference, if there are any.
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Yes, each side flips up for you to put your lens in, and then you screw the top into the cup. The metallic disc at the bottom neutralizes the peroxide into saline after six hours.

I only started using Clear Care when they discontinued selling the original AOSEPT disinfectant solution at my CVS. I honestly can't tell the difference, if there are any.
Well, good. I'm glad that Clear Care turned out to be a good substitute for the AOSEPT system. May your days be seen through sparkling clear contact lenses.
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