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Contact Lens

Contact lenses are very thin and are placed directly on the surface of the eyes (cornea), which helps to improve vision. Contact lenses are made of plastics and are of two types, namely hard and soft contact lenses. They aid in correcting refractive vision problems such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyper myopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (distorted vision), and presbyopia (changes in the vision that occurs with age).

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I feel eye pain and irritation after wearing contact lenses. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am out on a business trip. Yesterday, after 14 hours flight in which I wore my contacts (which are 30 days disposable Air Optix ) for about 20 straight hours, I took them out. After that, the vision in my right eye became cloudy and blurry but no pain. No issues with my left eye....  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Koranmath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This might be due to dry eyes. The contact lens should be worn maximum for eight to 12 hours only. The contact lens wear for a long time also cuts down the oxygen supply to cornea, which gets oxygen from the atmosphere. If the eyes are not red, discharge, watering yo...  Read Full »

I have swollen eyes from wearing contacts. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have scratched the cornea of my eye twice in the last two weeks. The first time was two weeks ago when I was wearing my contacts for an extended time (no more than normal) and started feeling severe pain, tearing, swelling of my right eye. It felt like the contact in my eye folded ove...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It looks like you have a huge epithelial defect due to trauma caused by contact lenses. But the possibility of infection can only be ruled out by examining your eye. It would have been great if you would have attached a photograph but, let me suggest some medication ...  Read Full »

I am using toric lenses for astigmatism. How long will it take to correct astigmatism?

Query: Hello doctor, I got toric lenses to correct my astigmatism. Can I switch to regular eye lenses? I want to have colored eye lenses, but it is not available in toric lenses. And how long will it take to correct astigmatism?  Read Full »

Dr. Asif Manzoor

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have not mentioned how much astigmatism you got. If it is negligible, then it will be fine with the spherical lens only. If it is significantly high, then you must need toric lenses. You can get a customized contact lens from some good optician or lens dispensing...  Read Full »

I have a cloudy area around the rim of the cornea. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed a white cloudy area around the rim of my cornea a couple of days ago with no pain. After a couple of days, I used a rigid gas permeable contact wear. I have now woken up with pain in the same eye and it is now bloodshot around that one side. I decided not to wear the contacts...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This is a corneal ulcer. The probable cause is trauma due to lenses or infected contact lens solution. Please do not use the steroid drop. You can have devastating consequences. The steroid drops will give you very mild relief but it will stop healing and promote the...  Read Full »

I have astigmatism. Is it possible to wear a colored contract lens?

Query: Hi doctor, Can I wear a regular colored contact lens for only one night if I have astigmatism? I have no eye symptoms at all. I wear glasses all of the time, that is all. Before five to six years, I had surgery on my right eye due to eye cysts. It is fully healed now. I want to change my look for my...  Read Full »

Dr. Gargi Madhukar Apte

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You can wear colored contact lenses for one night; no harm in it, but you will be uncomfortable as your vision will be blurry. If you can manage with it, you can wear it for one night for your birthday. I wish you a happy 18 birthday in advance. Thank you  Read Full »

When exposed to bright lights, my eyes are red and watery. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am wearing contact lenses of -2.5 on both eyes. Since last week, whenever I get exposed to bright light (both indoor and outdoor), my eyelids get closed, and it is hard to get it open for a while, which makes eyes more reddish and watery. I have not consulted any doctor, but I have been...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This could be dryness associated with contact lens use. I suggest you try use pf contact lens for a specific duration (8 hours a day). Cold compresses. Use lubricating eye drops frequently, like Systane Ultra. I hope this will help you. Regards.   Read Full »

My vision is blocked after sleeping with contacts. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I slept with color contacts in my eyes and now I woke and took them out and there is a white cloud blocking my vision.  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Vaswani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A photograph would have been very helpful for making a diagnosis. It is never advisable to sleep with your contacts. Here is the possibility of your situation:Epithelial edema - In this case, remove and stop wearing your contacts for one month. Start Hypersol eye dro...  Read Full »

Will the stability of contact lenses vary according to the climatic conditions?

Query: Hello doctor, I live in high humid condition and my contacts have been foggy and making my vision blurry. I am nearsighted but I cannot even look at a book clearly when I wear them. If I take them out and rinse them I can see clearly for about three minutes until it is blurry again. Could the chang...  Read Full »

Dr. Asif Manzoor

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you mentioned, you are having a problem with your contact lenses since you moved to an area of higher humidity. Usually, it is lower humidity that causes problems like it disturbs tear film stability and reduces tear film breakup time. There may be debris on the cont...  Read Full »

My eye looks dilated after using contact lens for 12 hours. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I used contact lens for more than 12 hours and also applied eye drops twice. During that time, my left eye had slight pain. But, I ignored it. Next morning, left eye looks dilated and off center. What to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Sheikh Zubair Abdul Razzak

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the description you have given, it looks like you have contact lens induced keratitis. This means in simple language, that due to abuse of contact lens, your cornea has been injured. This could be serious. I suggest you that immediately remove your lenses and abst...  Read Full »

How can I prevent my myopia from worsening?

Query: Hello doctorI am a 32 year old female. I have worn spectacles since the age of 10 due to myopia. It began at -0.5 and is currently at -6. Will this get worse in the future, or should I get LASIK surgery? In addition, if things continue this way, I worry that I may go blind. Are there any eye exercis...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditi Dubey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Myopia develops over time. Now that you have passed the growing age, the progression is complete. It generally ends around age 21 or 22. You can now explore possibilities for LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusi...  Read Full »

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