Post # 1
I just got contacts in February, I usually wear glasses, but don’t want to have them on my wedding day.
But since I’ve switched to contacts, I go back and forth with the glasses. My contacts are SO DRY and VERY unconfortable. I constantly put regular saliene solution drops in them and it helps for about 20 minutes. I’m constantly blinking and rubbing at my eyes, they are sooo dry. I hate it.
I can’t tell if it’s becasue of my makeup or if the contacts are just awful. I put my contacts in before I do my makeup. It seems like nothing helps though, they are just constantly dry and uncomfortable. I cannot imagine feeling this way on my wedding day.
Someone please help me. Could it be type of contacts I have? Shoudl I talk to my doctor?
Post # 3
you should talk to your doctor. when i first got contacts, i had to change brands three times before i found something i liked. i have semi-dry eyes too, so i know how you feel.
recently my contacts were discontinued (i had worn the same brand for 12 years once i found something i liked!), so my fiances dad, who is an eye doctor, gave me three samples to wear for a week each and then i picked the one i liked best. maybe your doctor would let you do this.
Post # 4
There could be a couple of things going on. The type of contacts you wear does make a huge difference. (I love Acuvue Oasis because they hold more moisture.) You could also be allergic or having some sort of a reaction to your brand of contact solution. That being said, it may not make a difference for you. I developed dry eye and haven’t been able to wear my contacts once since last August. I should have stopped wearing them before that, but I was always a contacts girl and didn’t want to wear my glasses at my wedding because I wasn’t really used to them.
No matter what’s going on, you should go back and see your eye doctor. Maybe she can hook you up with a sample pair of lenses to see if they work for you. The more frequently you dispose your lenses, the better. Two-week pairs are good, dailies are better for moisture.
Feeling miserable is definitely not worth going glasses-free!
Post # 5
Definitely talk to your doctor, it is probably the brand. And, make sure you don’t keep them in all day. I am guilty of keeping them in too long, but I think the reccomended time is 10 hours.
Post # 6
It might be your brand. Or if you are using waterproof makeup, that can be a problem. I can only wear a few types of mascara that have been opthamologist tested for contacts because the others just flake into my eyes and make me crazy. You should also be using eye drops specifically for contacts. The others can cause irritation with the contacts or build up.
But I have a question for you, are you on birth control pills? A little known side effect of BC pills is problems wearing contacts. Unfortunately, I am one of those people who has this side effect. Some days I can wear my contacts all day and other days they start having buildup within a few hours. I use the most breathable type on the market and still have problems. I hope that this isn’t the case for you because it’s a pain.
Post # 7
I would talk to your dr. It could be the type of contacts. I got some new ones and they are so comfortable. Its a new type that are supposed to breath more and keep the moisture in. I wear them everyday and don’t take them out for months at a time and have no problem! Until you talk to your Dr though, I would try a different brand eye drop, like visene for contacts or something.
Post # 8
MissAsB- I DO wear waterproof mascara, acidentally. I just found out it’s waterproof! So maybe it’s flaking off into my eyes? It always feels like there’s “crust” in there.
Can you reccommend any mascaras that work for you?
Post # 9
That is very possible. My eye doctor told me that waterproof mascara flakes more than regular mascaras.
My favorite is the old standby of Maybelline Great Lash mascara in the pink tube. A lot of the Cover Girl mascaras are opthamologist tested too.
Post # 10
I love Almay Mascara–it’s one of the few I can still wear with all of my various eye issues. I just bought their “natural” mascara, and while the brush sucks, it’s the first tube of mascara that I haven’t had to throw away after two tries in a LONG time.
One other thing that might be worth considering this time of year: if you’re having more trouble recently with your contacts, it could be allergy related. My eyes have been 10 times worse in the last mont than they had been before.
Post # 11
When I first got contacts, I could only wear them for about 2-3 hours a day and gradually build up to wearing them all day. Your eyes need time to adjust. Definately look into different brands of contacts…I had to get a larger “lens” contact because my eyes were too big for normal contacts. I don’t have huge eyes, it was just the way normal contacts sat on them, it iritated them. Try to avoid rubbing your eyes when the contacts are in, that just irritates them more.
Post # 12
oh and you might want to change solutions! i can’t use the bausch and lomb solution because it dries my eyes out–i use the blue “complete” kind.
Post # 13
You really need to go back to your doctor. Your contacts shouldn’t feel glued to your eye. I’ve used them for almost ten years and finding a brand you like is finding your favorite pair of jeans. They need to fit just right and in reality you should be able to wear them from when you get up in the morning to when you go to bed at night without them bothering you one bit. You said you’re using “regular saline solution” drops. Try getting some drops that are specifically made for rewetting.
Also check about your solution. You may be allergic to it or if its not cleaning them properly you could have protein build-up on them which will really irritate your eyes.
If you can’t get in to your eye doctor right away try a new cleaning system. I love a company called “Clear Care” they have a stand-up case and it only works with their case and solution because it really disinfects and stores your contacts well. also make sure you have at least 6 hours to devote your contacts to this soak otherwise the solution will not have neutralized and it KILLS if it’s not done processing!
Good luck and keep us posted!