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How do I stop my contacts from being cloudy all the time?

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Old 03-11-2010, 09:23 PM
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Thumbs down How do I stop my contacts from being cloudy all the time?

My name is Melissa and I am new here.

I need help because my eye doctor has been no hlep.

I have been wearing contacts for over 20 years and in just the past few years, they have been cloudy everyday. It only takes a matter of hours to become cloudy after I put them in. It doesn't matter if I wear makeup or not, They get cloudy and I am tired of it. It's driving me crazy. Hard to see the TV, drive or read.

Please tell me what I should do to fix this? I have been wearting Johnson and Johnson soft contacts after using Ciba for a few months since I started to wearing contacts over 20 years.

Thank you so much.

Melissa
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Old 03-12-2010, 09:59 AM
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My name is Melissa and I am new here.

I need help because my eye doctor has been no hlep.

I have been wearing contacts for over 20 years and in just the past few years, they have been cloudy everyday. It only takes a matter of hours to become cloudy after I put them in. It doesn't matter if I wear makeup or not, They get cloudy and I am tired of it. It's driving me crazy. Hard to see the TV, drive or read.

Please tell me what I should do to fix this? I have been wearing Johnson and Johnson soft contacts after using Ciba for a few months since I started to wearing contacts over 20 years.

Thank you so much.

Melissa
Hi Melisssa. Welcome to Lens 101. It's always exciting to welcome new members and that seems to be happening more and more these days.

I'm sorry that you're having problems with your contacts. I'm not a doctor, but I read Lens 101 pretty much every day and I've learned a lot.

Tell me a little more about your cloudy contacts. Does this just happen with the Johnson & Johnson lenses? What brand are they? Are the Acuvue, Acuvue 2, Oasys, anything like that?
When you say "cloudy" do you mean like your breath on a mirror? Does it fade away when you take your contacts out, or is it more like a film or deposit?

Since it sounds like you didn't have a problem until you started wearing the J & J lenses, I suspect it has something to do with them. Why did you switch? Is there any chance you can go back to your former contacts?

Is that enough questions?
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Old 03-12-2010, 11:33 AM
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Hi Melisssa. Welcome to Lens 101. It's always exciting to welcome new members and that seems to be happening more and more these days.

I'm sorry that you're having problems with your contacts. I'm not a doctor, but I read Lens 101 pretty much every day and I've learned a lot.

Tell me a little more about your cloudy contacts. Does this just happen with the Johnson & Johnson lenses? What brand are they? Are the Acuvue, Acuvue 2, Oasys, anything like that?
When you say "cloudy" do you mean like your breath on a mirror? Does it fade away when you take your contacts out, or is it more like a film or deposit?

Since it sounds like you didn't have a problem until you started wearing the J & J lenses, I suspect it has something to do with them. Why did you switch? Is there any chance you can go back to your former contacts?

Is that enough questions?
My eyes always cloud up within hours of putting the lenses in my eyes. I have worned Johnson and Johnson for over 20 years since I switched from Ciba lenses which were causing my eyes to swell and water all the time. The doctor in the last 10 years or so says that my astigmatism has gone away so I no longer wear Toric lenses. I was put on Acuvue 2 for the last few years. The cloudiness goes away after I take the lenses out and put my glasses on so I know that the cloudiness is on the lenses and not my eyes. If it is because of J&J, how come the cloudiness just started in the last few years? I would be willing to go back to Ciba but I am afraid I will get the same allergic reaction I did when I tried them over 20 years ago.

What do you suggest? Should I try a different brand?

Thank you,

Melissa
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Old 03-12-2010, 12:01 PM
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Default Here's Hoping for a Happy Ending

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My eyes always cloud up within hours of putting the lenses in my eyes. I have worned Johnson and Johnson for over 20 years since I switched from Ciba lenses which were causing my eyes to swell and water all the time. The doctor in the last 10 years or so says that my astigmatism has gone away so I no longer wear Toric lenses. I was put on Acuvue 2 for the last few years. The cloudiness goes away after I take the lenses out and put my glasses on so I know that the cloudiness is on the lenses and not my eyes. If it is because of J&J, how come the cloudiness just started in the last few years? I would be willing to go back to Ciba but I am afraid I will get the same allergic reaction I did when I tried them over 20 years ago.

What do you suggest? Should I try a different brand?

Thank you,

Melissa
Hi Melissa/Catz1215. Sorry to hear about your troubles. You might be able to go back to your original CIBA contacts. You outgrew your astigmatism, so maybe have outgrown your allergy to the CIBA contacts as well. You might want to ask your doctor about going back to them and if they still evoke a reaction, hopefully your eye doctor can fit you in something similar.

Let us know how this turns out okay? I hope it's a happy ending.
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Old 03-12-2010, 12:19 PM
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I called and asked the doctors office again and then now suggest that I try using Clear Care. So I will pick some up this afternoon and give it a try.

If you have any suggestions, please let me know. I will try about anything to make this better.
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Old 06-18-2010, 04:00 PM
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Default Clear Sailing in Your Future?

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I called and asked the doctors office again and then now suggest that I try using Clear Care. So I will pick some up this afternoon and give it a try.

If you have any suggestions, please let me know. I will try about anything to make this better.
There is a lot of information about Clear Care on Lens 101. It sounds like pretty good stuff. Do a search in this forum to see what you can find out.

You can also go to their website: www.clearcaresolution.com

I wish you well.
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Old 07-08-2010, 04:57 PM
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I called and asked the doctors office again and then now suggest that I try using Clear Care. So I will pick some up this afternoon and give it a try.

If you have any suggestions, please let me know. I will try about anything to make this better.
Hi Melissa/catz1215. Have you tried the Clear Care yet? I hear it's pretty good stuff.
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:13 PM
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Default Same problem with cloudy contacts

Hi, I am new to this site and saw the post regarding cloudy contacts. I too am having the same problem. I've worn contacts for years. I have monthly disposables - but even with a new pair, they get a film on them within about an hour or two. It had been happening just in the morning but now during other parts of the day too. Just wondering if a resolution was found.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:34 PM
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Hi, I am new to this site and saw the post regarding cloudy contacts. I too am having the same problem. I've worn contacts for years. I have monthly disposables - but even with a new pair, they get a film on them within about an hour or two. It had been happening just in the morning but now during other parts of the day too. Just wondering if a resolution was found.
I had the same issues a while back and it seemed like forever before I managed to get better. At first, I tried Clear Care and that worked for about six months or so. Then it was time for my annual exam anyway. First doctor told me dry eyes, which probably had something to do with it. Went to another doctor who took me out of toric lenses and this helped with the blurriness, but not the cloudy (if that makes sense). One day I was googling home remedy type stuff for dry eyes and came across an article that said it might help to switch to the older lens type and to go to a daily lens. I got my doctor to get me a trial of Soflens Daily and things have been good since. If I don't drink water, I sometimes have a problem with my lens drying out and becoming uncomfortable, but they don't cloud up anymore. So for me, switching to a daily lens in the older material got me back to the way I was before. Hope this helps.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:42 PM
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I had the same issues a while back and it seemed like forever before I managed to get better. At first, I tried Clear Care and that worked for about six months or so. Then it was time for my annual exam anyway. First doctor told me dry eyes, which probably had something to do with it. Went to another doctor who took me out of toric lenses and this helped with the blurriness, but not the cloudy (if that makes sense). One day I was googling home remedy type stuff for dry eyes and came across an article that said it might help to switch to the older lens type and to go to a daily lens. I got my doctor to get me a trial of Soflens Daily and things have been good since. If I don't drink water, I sometimes have a problem with my lens drying out and becoming uncomfortable, but they don't cloud up anymore. So for me, switching to a daily lens in the older material got me back to the way I was before. Hope this helps.
That's great Rhodes95. I'm glad that switching brands has helped you. I hope others can get relief like you did.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:46 PM
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Talking Success!!!!!!!!

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I had the same issues a while back and it seemed like forever before I managed to get better. At first, I tried Clear Care and that worked for about six months or so. Then it was time for my annual exam anyway. First doctor told me dry eyes, which probably had something to do with it. Went to another doctor who took me out of toric lenses and this helped with the blurriness, but not the cloudy (if that makes sense). One day I was googling home remedy type stuff for dry eyes and came across an article that said it might help to switch to the older lens type and to go to a daily lens. I got my doctor to get me a trial of Soflens Daily and things have been good since. If I don't drink water, I sometimes have a problem with my lens drying out and becoming uncomfortable, but they don't cloud up anymore. So for me, switching to a daily lens in the older material got me back to the way I was before. Hope this helps.
*******GREAT SUCCESS!!!! By reading so many of the posts I thought that maybe bacteria was the issue. So, after I've changed my foundation makeup, my blush, my mascara, my hairspray, etc I decided to either get new contact cases or, like with baby bottles, boil them. So, I put my contact cases and tops in boiling water for 10 minutes and since I wear monthly disposables, I opened a new pair. It's been 5 days and NO CLOUDINESS!!!! I'm back to forgetting I even have them in. I've worn contacts for at least 15 years and I thought I'd have to go back to glasses. So very happy to love my contacts again. Thanks everyone!!!!!!
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:26 AM
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*******GREAT SUCCESS!!!! By reading so many of the posts I thought that maybe bacteria was the issue. So, after I've changed my foundation makeup, my blush, my mascara, my hairspray, etc I decided to either get new contact cases or, like with baby bottles, boil them. So, I put my contact cases and tops in boiling water for 10 minutes and since I wear monthly disposables, I opened a new pair. It's been 5 days and NO CLOUDINESS!!!! I'm back to forgetting I even have them in. I've worn contacts for at least 15 years and I thought I'd have to go back to glasses. So very happy to love my contacts again. Thanks everyone!!!!!!
Wow, that's awesome Denise. I'm glad that boiling your lens cases was a "great success" in solving your cloudy lens issue, and I'm glad you shared it here. Would you mind giving some more detail, like did you boil your lenses on the stove, how long did you boil them, and so on?
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:22 PM
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Default cloudy contacts

i have the same problem. i had contacts for almost 10 years. i wear acuvue oasis the soft kind. ive never had this problem. but i recently went and got an eye exam at walmart and it happened the same day i got new ones put in. i thought maybe it was my make up, but thats not the case they got foggy without make up also. i don't know if its cause my eyes are dry? i itch my eyes all the time. ive never changed my contact solution, its always been the same.
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Old 06-24-2016, 06:07 PM
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Default wearing contacts for 20 years now constant filmy vision and irritated eyes

Hi Everyone,

I'm very happy to find this forum today. I feel empowered. I have recently started to get consistently filmy, cloudy vision after wearing my contacts for a short while- a few hours. As well as getting those lovely eye "buggers" in the corner thru out the day. By night time, every blink would move my contact and all lights would be starbursts. In the past, this would happen if I would try to stretch out my monthlies too long.

I've tried putting in new contacts after only 2 weeks of wearing them and am having the same issue.

The eye dr I saw recently said to try 5 minutes of warm/hot eye compresses every morning and night for a week. It didn't make much of a difference for me ultimately.

I've tried using clear care a couple times a week, it also doesn't seem to make a difference. It did in the past, definitely worth trying if you are having the same issue and haven't yet.

I never considered it could be the type of contact lens. It does feel like my eyes are rejecting the lenses.

I wear biofinity, toric lenses,- they are monthlies. I am waiting to hear from the eye drs office if my prescription is available in a daily contact or if there is another contact my eye won't reject.

There used to be a case you would plug into the wall overnight, it would heat up to disinfect the lenses inside and shut off automatically) This is before they had mulit-purpose solution.

When I was traveling and didn't have the right plug on my contact case, I used to boil my contacts. I would put a pot of water and add my plastic case with my contacts and regular saline. Bring it all to a boil and then it would boil for about 10 minutes. I don't have regular saline at the moment and don't know if heating up multi-purpose solution would cause any problems.

At this point, the only thing that has helped was using lens drops. I found "blink-n-clean" at a Duane Reade. I am putting drops in at least once an hour at this point. Does anyone know if there is any problems with this brand or using lens drops too much?
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