Why Do My Contacts Hurt?

Contact lenses are a popular choice for people who require vision correction, and for good reason. They’re super convenient and, for many, better than wearing glasses. However, contacts can sometimes cause discomfort and pain. If you’re a contact lens wearer and are puzzled as to why your contacts hurt sometimes, this article is for you.

Your contacts hurt because…

Dry Eyes

One of the most common causes of discomfort when wearing contacts is dry eyes. Contact lenses can absorb moisture from your eyes, and this can lead to irritation and pain. This is especially true for people who work in dry environments, spend a lot of time looking at screens, or have a history of dry eyes.

If you experience dry eyes, try using eye drops specifically designed for contact lens wearers or consider switching to disposable lenses that can be replaced more often.

Poor Fit

Another reason why your contacts hurt you is due to an incorrect fit. Contact lenses come in a variety of sizes and shapes to fit different eyes. Wearing contacts that don’t fit you can cause discomfort, pain, and even damage to your eyes. Poorly-fitting contacts can move around your eye and that can contribute to irritation and dryness. 

If you find your contacts are uncomfortable or hurting you, talk to your eye doctor to make sure you’re wearing the correct size.

Worn Out Lenses

Has it been a while since you swapped your contacts? Contact lenses are designed to be replaced on a regular schedule. Wearing lenses beyond their recommended replacement date can not only hurt your eyes but also increase the risk of infection. As lenses age, they can become more brittle and less pliable, making them more likely to break or tear. 

It’s essential to follow the recommended replacement schedule for your contacts to avoid discomfort and keep your eyes healthy.

Allergic Reactions

Another reason your contacts may be hurting you is allergies. Some people are allergic to the materials used to make contact lenses or the cleaning solutions used to sterilize them. Allergic reactions can cause redness, itching, and pain, making it difficult to wear contacts comfortably. 

If you suspect that you may be having an allergic reaction to your contacts, talk to your eye doctor to explore alternative materials and cleaning solutions.

Environmental Factors

Finally, environmental factors can also play a role in causing discomfort when wearing contacts. Dust, smoke, and pollution can irritate your eyes, making it uncomfortable to wear contacts. If you live in a highly polluted area or work in an environment with airborne irritants, you may want to consider wearing glasses instead of contacts or using protective eyewear.

Need New Contacts?

If you find your contacts hurt you, visit your local Hakim and speak with one of our licensed opticians. It could be that they’re the wrong fit, you’re allergic, or they need to be replaced for some other reason. All of our stores have a licensed optician that can help you with your contact lenses.

Visit your local Hakim for help with your contact lenses.

Hakim Optical has provided Canadians with quality corrective lenses at a value that can’t be beat for over 55 years. Our knowledgeable staff and optometrists are here to help you find an eyewear solution tailored specifically to you. 

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