Originally Posted by new cross eyes
I've worn contact lenses for my myopia for about 25 years. I wear them for 16 hr per day, every day. I've been very happy with Acuvue Dailies but have just been told by my optometrist that I should change to a silicone hydrogel product and watch my neo-vascularisation. I was told I must wear glasses at least one day a week. I've had a noticeable number of veins reddening my whites for years but was always told, until the most recent visit, that the neo-vascularisation levels weren't too serious. I never had any pain.
Since changing to SiHy lenses and being in receipt of this worrying information, I wake up each morning with aching eyes (particularly at the top, mostly on the side close to the nose). I'm also finding the new, SiHy lenses getting uncomfortable after about 10 hours.
Has anyone got any comments or experiences to share?
Hi new cross eyes.
You mentioned neovascularization and red veins visible on the whites of your eyes. The term "neovascularization" refers to tiny, invisible blood vessels creeping across your corneas. You can't see them in the mirror. Your doctor needs a specialized instrument to see them, so don't worry about the veins too much.
When you say you "wake up each morning with aching eyes," is it a severe pain, or something you only notice when you concentrate? Is the pain so bad that it keeps you from getting up and performing your normal morning routine? If so, make sure that you tell your eye doctor about it.
Do you sleep in your contact lenses? If you do, maybe you should stop and see if you still have pain in the morning.
Good luck. Check back in later and let us know how you're doing.