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    Default Contact lenses very uncomfortable due to dry eyes

    Two months ago I went to my optician because my eyes were so sore with contacts. After the yellow dye test she diagnosed a dry patch in the centre of one cornea and said to reduce contact lens wear in the evenings and weekends which I have done. I've been back this week and the dry patch in the centre of the cornea is gone but my eyes are still dry. I told her that even though I've reduced the number of hours' wear, I'm still finding contacts uncomfortable. I wear O2 Optix monthlies and she still thinks these are better than dailies - because of the higher water content of dailies. I am now using a night time gel, a daily gel when not wearing contacts, and a lubricating gel when wearing contacts. After all that, during the day when I'm at work in an air conditioned environment, my eyes are very uncomfortable. I take out my contacts when I leave work and its a relief but they can still sting for a couple of hours after.

    I don't want to, but can't see I have many options, but I wondered if a complete break from contacts would 'heal' my eyes which I feel are very stressed. The optician, who is very thorough, didn't recommend that - maybe because he knows that would be my last option.

    Has anyone else had similar experiences and what did you do? Thanks alot.

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    Default O2 Optix Too Dry

    Quote Originally Posted by Katriina View Post
    Two months ago I went to my optician because my eyes were so sore with contacts. After the yellow dye test she diagnosed a dry patch in the centre of one cornea and said to reduce contact lens wear in the evenings and weekends which I have done. I've been back this week and the dry patch in the centre of the cornea is gone but my eyes are still dry. I told her that even though I've reduced the number of hours' wear, I'm still finding contacts uncomfortable. I wear O2 Optix monthlies and she still thinks these are better than dailies - because of the higher water content of dailies. I am now using a night time gel, a daily gel when not wearing contacts, and a lubricating gel when wearing contacts. After all that, during the day when I'm at work in an air conditioned environment, my eyes are very uncomfortable. I take out my contacts when I leave work and its a relief but they can still sting for a couple of hours after.

    I don't want to, but can't see I have many options, but I wondered if a complete break from contacts would 'heal' my eyes which I feel are very stressed. The optician, who is very thorough, didn't recommend that - maybe because he knows that would be my last option.

    Has anyone else had similar experiences and what did you do? Thanks alot.
    I'm sorry about your sore eyes, Katriina. I haven't had that experience, but I've read about others who have had similar episodes of dryness. Unfortunately, none of them seem to tell what they did to make their lenses feel more moist and comfortable. One person who was having trouble with O2 Optix lenses switched to Air Optix lenses are they are more comfortable. Perhaps you can do a little research and mention them to your eye doctor.

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    Katrina,

    I read that dryness with contacts is sometimes (not always) due to a chemical sensitivity either with a multi-purpose cleaning solution, contaminated hands or both. Dry Eyes itself, is a separate condition, however.

    If you think your dry eye condition has resolved itself, then DSD (Delayed Subjective Dryness) could be an issue for you. DSD is an optometrist term, not my own

    The solutions offered are:

    -dailys
    -change your cleaning solution
    -use a glycerin-based soap for washing your hands not ordinary hand soaps.

    hope that helps.

    cheers
    Jamie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katriina View Post
    Two months ago I went to my optician because my eyes were so sore with contacts. After the yellow dye test she diagnosed a dry patch in the centre of one cornea and said to reduce contact lens wear in the evenings and weekends which I have done. I've been back this week and the dry patch in the centre of the cornea is gone but my eyes are still dry. I told her that even though I've reduced the number of hours' wear, I'm still finding contacts uncomfortable. I wear O2 Optix monthlies and she still thinks these are better than dailies - because of the higher water content of dailies. I am now using a night time gel, a daily gel when not wearing contacts, and a lubricating gel when wearing contacts. After all that, during the day when I'm at work in an air conditioned environment, my eyes are very uncomfortable. I take out my contacts when I leave work and its a relief but they can still sting for a couple of hours after.

    I don't want to, but can't see I have many options, but I wondered if a complete break from contacts would 'heal' my eyes which I feel are very stressed. The optician, who is very thorough, didn't recommend that - maybe because he knows that would be my last option.

    Has anyone else had similar experiences and what did you do? Thanks alot.
    Have you had any improvement in your sore eye situation, Katriina? Did you put your contacts aside?

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    Also wondering how the OP is faring. I encountered many of the symptoms of dry eye while wearing contacts- the stinging the OP described, itchiness, and red eyes. I played a long (and not inexpensive) game of finding the right lens material and solution combination that would provide the most comfort. For me, Proclear lenses with generic Miraflow followed by Oxysept was the most comfortable combination. Air Optix Aqua lenses were not agreeable with my eye chemistry- after a few hours of wear, I felt like I had grit in my eyes, and the lenses were covered with deposits that hampered my vision.

    Ultimately, I intend to try RGP lenses. I am willing to trade the initial discomfort/breaking in period for better visual acuity and less drying while on the eye.

    Hope the OP doesn't throw the towel in just yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MooMoo! View Post
    Also wondering how the OP is faring. I encountered many of the symptoms of dry eye while wearing contacts- the stinging the OP described, itchiness, and red eyes. I played a long (and not inexpensive) game of finding the right lens material and solution combination that would provide the most comfort. For me, Proclear lenses with generic Miraflow followed by Oxysept was the most comfortable combination. Air Optix Aqua lenses were not agreeable with my eye chemistry- after a few hours of wear, I felt like I had grit in my eyes, and the lenses were covered with deposits that hampered my vision.

    Ultimately, I intend to try RGP lenses. I am willing to trade the initial discomfort/breaking in period for better visual acuity and less drying while on the eye.

    Hope the OP doesn't throw the towel in just yet.
    Thank you for you input, MooMoo! I hope Katriina finds it helpful.

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    Whats better for dry eyes, high water content lenses or high silicone content lenses?

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    Hi i know just how u feel. I had pretty much the same problem then would get eye infections due to my eyes being severley dry. I took a break of about a month then switched to daily disposabled & my eyes are now fine. I still use drops around every few hours I found the break & switch do dailes fixed the problem

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    Default SiH Lens Comfort

    Quote Originally Posted by RejZoR View Post
    Whats better for dry eyes, high water content lenses or high silicone content lenses?
    I'm not an expert, but I did a little reading up on contact lenses and it seems that people with dry eyes really like wearing silicone hydrogel contact lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katriina View Post
    Two months ago I went to my optician because my eyes were so sore with contacts. After the yellow dye test she diagnosed a dry patch in the centre of one cornea and said to reduce contact lens wear in the evenings and weekends which I have done. I've been back this week and the dry patch in the centre of the cornea is gone but my eyes are still dry. I told her that even though I've reduced the number of hours' wear, I'm still finding contacts uncomfortable. I wear O2 Optix monthlies and she still thinks these are better than dailies - because of the higher water content of dailies. I am now using a night time gel, a daily gel when not wearing contacts, and a lubricating gel when wearing contacts. After all that, during the day when I'm at work in an air conditioned environment, my eyes are very uncomfortable. I take out my contacts when I leave work and its a relief but they can still sting for a couple of hours after.

    I don't want to, but can't see I have many options, but I wondered if a complete break from contacts would 'heal' my eyes which I feel are very stressed. The optician, who is very thorough, didn't recommend that - maybe because he knows that would be my last option.

    Has anyone else had similar experiences and what did you do? Thanks alot.
    eye dryness occurs mostly when blinking process gets reduced. This is most common when you work for computer for long, the eyes started getting dry and you start feeling uncomfortable with contact lenses. My doctor at killeen eyecare center has suggested me to opt for glasses when i work on PC and the other time i can use the contact lenses. It really works for me.

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    Mostly lens don't fit everyone. Instead of a general eye doctor try to consult contact lens specialists usually are more aware of the latest lens technology and options. They use advanced equipment that can measure your cornea more precisely to achieve the best contact lens fit possible.
    Last edited by Teodor; 02-16-2013 at 01:59 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teodor View Post
    Mostly lens don't fit everyone. Instead of a general eye doctor try to consult contact lens specialists usually are more aware of the latest lens technology and options. They use advanced equipment that can measure your cornea more precisely to achieve the best contact lens fit possible.
    That's right, Teodor. There are contact lens specialists out there, and it might be just what Katriina needs.

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