Ten Times To Take Your Contact Lenses Out


Most of the time, my contact lenses are really comfortable. But, every once and a while, thanks to dust, dirt, allergies, or sickness, my eyes and my contact lenses don’t get along very well, and I have to break up their fight.

Sometimes it’s confusing to know whether or not your problem is one that requires you to remove your lenses or one that can be resolved with some eye drops. So, today I want to make it simple.

Here’s a list of the ten times you should take your contact lenses out and give your eyes a break until they settle down or heal, or until you can see your optometrist:

  1. If your eyes are stinging, burning, hurting, or itching. If it hurts, find your glasses!
  2. If it feels like there is something in your eye. The illusion that there is a foreign object in your eye is sometimes an indicator of a corneal abrasion or other more serious problem. See your eye doctor right away if it doesn’t stop when your lenses come out.
  3. If your eyes won’t stop watering. Unless you are watching a sad movie marathon, your tearing should stop within a few minutes of putting in your lenses.
  4. If you have unusual gunk coming out of your eyes. Mucus, green or white gunk, or anything coming out of your eye that doesn’t seem normal may mean there is an infection. Leave your lenses out until your eyes heal.
  5. If you can’t see clearly. This should be obvious, but if you can’t see through your contacts, give your eyes a rest. Maybe your prescription has changed, or maybe your lenses have been damaged. Take a break!
  6. If your vision is blurry or you have colored rings (halos) around your eyes. This is another one of those times where you need to monitor your vision and see an optometrist if the problem doesn’t go away in a day or after a good nights rest.
  7. If your eyes are red. So many different reasons could be causing your eyes to be red. Lack of sleep, too much to drink, crying, allergies. Give your eyes a day to heal and try again tomorrow!
  8. If you suddenly feel sensitive to light. This could be a sign that something else is going on with your vision or your health in general. Take out the lenses and make an appointment with your eye doctor.
  9. If your eyes are really dry. Dry eyes are fairly common, and there are lots of solutions to this problem you can ask your optometrist about.
  10. If it’s uncomfortable to blink. There may be something on your lenses. Take them out, re-sterilize them, and try again in 8-12 hours.

Contact lenses should be comfortable and easy to wear. And, they are! So, if you are experiencing any of the above issues, talk to your closest America’s Best optometrist.

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