For most contact lens wearers, remembering to take a break from lens usage can be tough. Contact lenses can be so comfortable that we almost forget they’re there. Especially if you’ve been prescribed lenses that can stay in your eye for a few days at a time, it’s even more likely that you’ll forget to take a day or two off.
Sometimes your eyes can tell you that they’re ready for a break. Be on the lookout for these signs when you’ve been wearing your contacts for longer than normal. If you try to keep wearing your lenses even when your eyes need a break, you may end up with a scratch or infection that requires you to take an even longer break from wearing them. In other words, it’s always best to go for a short-term rest, rather than risking a long-term problem.
Red or bloodshot eyes should be the first obvious sign that it’s time to take out your contact lenses immediately. Whether your eyes are reacting to an allergen in the air or telling you that you’ve stayed up (or out) way too long, your eyes will look and feel better if they get a rest from your lenses.
2. Dry eye & pain while blinking
If you feel like all of your tears are gone and you don’t get a sense of relief from the added lubrication when you blink, it’s time to take out your contact lenses. Re-wetting drops will buy you an hour or two more of lens wear, but if blinking causes any pain, your eyes are really too dry to be wearing contacts.
3. Lens keeps folding
If your contact lens keeps folding inside your eye or won’t stay in place properly, go ahead and take it out and sterilize it. There are many reasons this could happen, the most likely being your eyes are too dry! Let them soak in disinfectant solution overnight and see how the lens behaves the next day.
This one is also obvious! If your eyes hurt in any way, and your contact lenses are still in, get them out! Maybe you have a particle floating in your eye irritating the contact, or maybe they hurt from digital eye strain. Whatever the reason, pain and contact lenses should never go together!
Talk to an optometrist at Eyeglass World if you have any persistent issues wearing your contact lenses.