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Every time I wear my contact lenses I get a red eye


Recently every time I wear my contact lenses I get a red eye. It only effects my left eye. It does not hurt and there is no discharge. It sometimes feels irritated for the first 10 minutes once contact is removed but that it is and the next day my eye turns pretty much back to normal. I did not wear contact lenses for a week and took some Optrix red eye drops as advised by the pharmacist. I did so and when I finally wore my contacts on Tuesday 11th, my eyes were perfect, however after six hours they suddenly became red, in which I removed the lenses and my eyes tuned back to normal the next day. I did not use any more eye drops. It seems like my eye is fine but then red eye comes back after I try contacts again. This has been happening for a month now. I just want to know what this could and if I should seek further help. 

Answer Written answer:

It could be a number of problems. You could have developed a sensitivity to the contact lens solution so it is worth trying another make. It could also be the lenses themselves so try another pair if you have not already done so. Another reason is that you may have developed a dry eye and may benefit from using some lubricating eye drops or changing to a different type of lens more suitable for dry eyes. Ideally this should be done under the guidance of your contact lens practitioner and your first step is to have a contact lens checkup and go wearing you lenses after you have had them in a few hours so your practitioner can see the fit of the lenses and the response of your eye. 

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Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 35 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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