Q. I feel like something in my eye when I blink after taking out my contact lens. What could it be?

Answered by
Dr. Manjunath Natarajan
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 21, 2019

Hello doctor,

I have been wearing contacts for a few years, but recently after I take my contact lenses out. I feel like there is something in my left eye when I blink. Do you know what this could be?

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Ophthalmology (Eye Care)


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Since you have been wearing contact lenses for a few years now, you could have developed giant papillary conjunctivitis. Here patients develop a few bumps on their conjunctiva (the lining of their eye) due to prolonged use of contact lenses. The best way to get rid of these is to stop using contact lenses for a while (use glasses instead) and instill eyedrops having Cromolyn sodium or Olopatadine.

Prevention: Change your contact lenses frequently, especially if they are monthly disposable, do not wear them for over a month. Clean them each time before you insert them into your eye. Avoid using colored lenses.

You should meet an ophthalmologist if in case you continue having the feeling that there is something in your eyes or your eyes become red and start watering or if you have blurry vision in your eyes.

The Probable causes:

Contact lens use.

Investigations to be done:

Slit-lamp examination.

Differential diagnosis:

Allergic conjunctivitis.

Treatment plan:

Contact lens holiday, Cromolyn sodium or Olopatadine eyedrops.

Preventive measures:

Avoid excess contact lens use.

Regarding follow up:

Review after one month.

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