Do I Have Contact Lens Intolerance? What is the solution?

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Contact Lens Intolerance is common in frequent contact lens wearers. Estimates suggest 4-5 million Americans are living with contact lens intolerance. You may have contact lens intolerance if, when you wear contact lenses, your eyes are:

  • Itchy
  • Painful
  • Watery
  • Uncomfortable
  • Dry
  • Bloodshot
  • Having a foreign body sensation

Not all contact lens wearers experience intolerance right away. You may have worn contacts for years before you started having discomfort, and now you may be taking them out more frequently. The onset of intolerance symptoms may begin for a variety of reasons:

  • Dry Eyes
  • Allergies
  • Wearing contacts for too many hours at a time
  • Wrong type of contact lens (or lens material)
  • Sensitivity to contact solution
  • Poor hand hygiene before applying or removing lens
  • No reason at all!

If you wear contacts all the time, you probably don’t want to go back to wearing glasses, which bring about their own annoyances (such as fogging, sliding, smudging, lack of peripheral vision, etc.). Sometimes taking a few days or weeks away from contacts may help for a while but going back to glasses permanently might seem like the only solution. But there is another way!

If you are ready to eliminate the contact lens struggle and experience relief from irritation, consider laser vision correction. LASIK, PRK, or SMILE will correct your vision, so you don’t have to wear contacts any longer! Dr. Chu and his team of eye care experts will examine your eyes to determine the best course of action for you to set you up for success in the long run.

Say goodbye to Intolerance and hello to Comfort!


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Dr. Ralph Chu LASIK surgeon Minneapolis Ophthalmologists

Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Ralph Chu is a fellowship-trained corneal specialist and a nationally recognized leader in refractive and cataract procedures. His specialty areas include cataract, LASIK, cornea, and minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries for patients in the Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Twin Cities areas.

Posted on October 13, 2022

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