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Causes of Contact Lens Intolerance

Contact Lens Intolerance refers to a condition in which your contact lenses begin to feel less and less comfortable earlier in the day, eventually making it impossible to wear your contacts comfortably for an extended period of time, if at all. There are a number of reasons why a person may develop Contact Lens Intolerance. Below, we will briefly discuss few of the most prevalent causes:

  • Dry Eye Syndrome is a condition in which either your eyes do not produce the proper amount of tears, or the tears being produced are not constructed properly to keep your eyes adequately hydrated. Since Dry Eye Syndrome often develops as you age, you may develop Contact Lens Intolerance even after many years of successful and comfortable contact lens wear. This is because contact lenses tend to make it harder for your eye to re-hydrate itself in general, and this is even more true in the case of Dry Eye Syndrome, in which your eyes are already inadequately hydrated. One possible solution is to speak to your eye doctor in Ventura, CA about special contact lenses made with extra emphasis on keeping the eyes hydrated.
  • Digital Eye Strain is another possible culprit. Statistics show that a person staring at a computer screen or smart phone blinks significantly less than average. Even without contact lenses in, this lessening of blink rate can cause uncomfortable drying of the eyes after a significant amount of time has been spent in front of a digital device. With contact lenses in, the tear film is thinner, causing tears to evaporate more quickly, and there may sometimes be friction between the eyelid and the lens whenever you do blink. All of these factors lead to increased possibility of developing Contact Lens Intolerance.
  • Allergies are one final instance in which Contact Lens Intolerance may present itself. As a result of allergens in the air, such as pet dander, smoke or pollen, your body's immune system can sometimes be tricked into kicking into overdrive, releasing a chemical called histamine into your system which, among other things, dries out your eyes. Again, adding contact lenses into the equation further dries out your eyes, making it very difficult to wear your contacts comfortably.

For more information about Contact Lens Intolerance, contact Dr. Jon Sills today.