Colored contacts are supposed to meld in to your eyes flawlessly without producing an awareness of them in eyes. Colored contacts are made from soft hydrophilic plastic discs that float on your eyes over tear film. They might feel uncomfortable if you do not make the right candidate for contacts. 

Symptoms of contact lens discomfort can include things like stinging, burning, itching, pain, redness, watering, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, dry eye and more. These symptoms may indicate something as mild as an environmental issue or problem with the fit, or something as serious as an infection or corneal ulcer.

For instance a dirty tear film or dry eye syndrome may lead to an uncomfortable experience with contact lenses. Dry eye happens when your eyes can’t adequately lubricate themselves because the amount or quality of your tears isn’t up to par, according to the National Eye Institute (NEI). 

“Adding a contact lens to an eye that is already dry makes this condition even more uncomfortable,” says Jennifer Fogt, O.D., fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and an associate professor in the College of Optometry at The Ohio State University. 

If you’re really struggling with dry eye, it’s probably best to get that sorted before you wear your contacts again, Dr. Fogt says. Treatment typically starts with artificial tears that can add moisture to your eyes, along with making lifestyle changes like wearing sunglasses when it’s windy outside.

Besides medical reasons, there are 4 reasons that could be easily fixed at home making your colored contacts feel less uncomfortable.

Get the Right Size – Base Curve & Diameter 

Colored contacts come in various sizes and thickness. Although majority of the people find B.C of 8.6-8.7mm comfortable, some of the people will have to get a word from the eye care practitioner about the contacts that fit them the best. 

It is important to remember that base curve is the measurement of the curvature of the lens while diameter is the size of the lenses. Soft lenses are available in many sizes from 14mm to 16mm and above for special effect lenses.

Although colored contacts seem like a one size fit all, but sometimes they are not. You may have astigmatism for instance which require you to wear contact lenses specifically made for you keeping the measurements of your eye ball into consideration.

It’s important to see your eye doctor frequently enough to keep your prescription up to date. The American Optometric Association recommends people 18 to 60 who use contacts get an eye exam every one to two years. Ask your eye doctor how often you should come in based on your eye health

Dirty/ Protein Accumulation 

Colored contacts accumulate protein debris over time and may lead to scratchy/gritty sensation. Colored contacts with lipid and protein debris may also turn hazy leading to cloudy vision. 

It is important to disinfect contacts after each wear using a pharmacy bought disinfectant. Wearing contact lenses past the expiration may also cause discomfort.

If something is stuck under your contact lens, it can irritate the nerves in your cornea (the clear, outer dome of your eye), and you can feel all kinds of symptoms like pain, burning, or scratchiness, Dr. Duong says. 

If it’s on top of your contact, it could irritate the inside of your eyelid, resulting in a similar outcome. 

Either way, that irritation can build as time passes, making scratchiness that was barely noticeable in the morning seriously intense by the end of the day, Dr. Duong says.

You have Allergies

People with eye allergies for instance pollen allergy may find colored contacts uncomfortable. Dust and pollen allergens latch themselves to the surface of contacts and may lead to watery eyes followed by irritation. 

Allergies reduce colored contacts tolerance affecting how long you wear them every day. It is better to switch to daily disposable contact lenses to avoid the risk of buildup.

When you have allergies, interacting with a trigger like pollen, dust mites, or mold will prompt the cells in your immune system to release chemicals that lead to symptoms such as itchy, weepy, and overall terrible-feeling eyes, according to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). 

Your doctor may recommend anti-allergy medications in the form of eye drops, pills, nasal sprays, and the like, according to the Mayo Clinic.

You Need to Switch the Contact Lens Solution 

People with sensitive eyes may find preservatives in their contact lens solution irritable. Try switching to preservative free solutions to rinse and disinfect your contact lenses or talk to your eye doctor if you are concerned about eyes that burn on wearing colored contacts.

  • Always wash your hands before handling contact lenses to reduce the chance of getting an infection.

  • Remove the lenses immediately and consult your eye care professional if your eyes become red, irritated, or your vision changes.

  • Always follow the directions of your eye care professional and all labeling instruction for proper use of contact lenses and lens care products.

  • Use contact lens products and solutions recommended by your eye care professional.

  • Do not use contact lens solutions that have gone beyond the expiration or discard date.

  • Only use sterile saline solutions for rinsing. Do not use them for cleaning and disinfecting your lenses.

Colored lenses help you draw the attention from the crowd you deserve. Pay attention if your eyes feel gritty when wearing contacts. Make every attempt to keep your lenses clean. 

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