Contact Lens Infection

The signs of contact lens infection include pain in the eyes, blurry vision, redness, discharge from the eyes, sensitivity to light, and feeling something impinging on the eyes. In addition, people wearing contact lenses are at increased risk of keratitis (cornea infection), which may result in blindness or corneal transplant.

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Can wearing contact lenses while swimming harm my vision?

Query: Hello doctor, I swam wearing contact lenses and water splashed onto them, then I continued to wear them for about 3 hours afterwards. I did not realize until I looked it up that this can be dangerous. What are my chances for any vision damage? should I get it looked at right away? Or wait until I f...  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Swimming with contact lenses can damage your cornea, which is the circular black part of the eye. This can lead to irritation but also blurry vision and pain. The cause for this is mainly the cleaning agent used in swimming pools. I would ...  Read Full »

Slept with my contacts on. Now, there is a white cloud blocking my vision. Help.

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...  Read Full »

My eye got swollen after wearing contact lenses all day. Will it heal on its own?

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 have hereditary ectopia lentis, and my eyes get swelling and irritation on wearing contact lenses. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 25 years old. I have ectopia lentis due to a genetic cause, and I used to wear contact lenses for six to seven hours for nine years. My doctors denied doing surgery when I got my eyes checked five years back. A few months before, I started having a burning sensation in the eye's l...  Read Full »

Dr. Damani Gopal Radhakisan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It may be allergic conjunctivitis due to your contact lens wear. Use copious lubricating eye drops and change your contact lenses. Keep strict hygiene with them.  Read Full »

I am a 25-year-female with ectopia lentis, and in recent months, I have felt pain and irritation in my eyes on wearing contact lenses. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 25 years old female. I have ectopia lentis due to a genetic cause, and I am myopic. I wear heavy glasses and contact lenses. My doctors denied doing surgery to fix the subluxation of the natural lens. A few months ago, I felt irritation in one eye due to wearing contact lenses. It...  Read Full »

Dr. M Anjali Shelbi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you have good vision with spectacles and contact lenses, surgery for ectopia lentis can be denied. Since you are wearing contact lenses, you must strictly adhere to good hygienic practices as any breach can lead to corneal infection and dry eyes. Are you using daily...  Read Full »

I have been sleeping at night for a few months without removing my contacts. Will it cause eye problems?

Query: Hi doctor, I carelessly sleep with my soft color prescription contacts every night. After researching the danger of wearing contacts while sleeping, I became worried as I have done this for the past few months. I have never gotten an eye infection or any irritation because of this. Last night I took...  Read Full »

Dr. Gargi Madhukar Apte

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your eyes are perfectly fine. However, daily removal of contact lenses at bedtime is advisable, so please continue this practice. Removing and applying contacts will not cause any infections. I suggest you maintain hygiene and wash your hands before applying and removing ...  Read Full »

I slept for five hours without removing my contact lenses. Is it the reason for my blurry left eye?

Query: Hello doctor, I slept for five hours without removing my contact lenses. After taking out my lenses, I had cloudy and blurry vision. It's the third day, and I still have a cloudy vision. Please suggest something as I only have blurry vision in my left eye.  Read Full »

Dr. Gargi Madhukar Apte

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This blurry vision is because of the overuse of contact lenses. In addition, your cornea might be having mild inflammation because it did not receive sufficient oxygen in that five hours. I suggest you use eyedrops like Refresh Tears (Carboxymethylcellulose) 1 % ever...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a treatment for my husband's eye problem.

Query: Hi doctor, My husband is a contact lens wearer for more than 15 years. He changed the contact lens brand as per optometrist advise. Within a week, he started rubbing the eyes and got a point of laceration and then infection in the right eye. The infection also has spread to the other eye. Six months...  Read Full »

Dr. Asif Manzoor

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the history you described and the prescription attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity), the corneal ulcer in both eyes after contact lens wear may be due to contact lens infection, infected lens solution or trauma during wearing or removing. ...  Read Full »

I experience white haze more with contact lenses. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a contact lens and glass user. I had not worn my contacts for three days but changed the solution each day. I put my contacts on today and noticed that it looked like I saw a white haze. The weird thing about it has I only noticed it when an area is not well. I thought that it is bec...  Read Full »

Dr. Bandivadekar Pooja Mohan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There could be two reasons. The lenses may have micro scratches, and hence the blurring with contacts only. Sometimes the cornea starves for oxygen on using lenses causing epithelial haze or punctate spots. This can lead to haze. This happens because of protein built up ...  Read Full »

My eye pains a lot as I slept with contact lenses. What can be done?

Query: Hi doctor,I am using contact lenses daily. But yesterday, I slept with it in my eyes. When I woke up, my eyes were red and itching. It is painful, and water is coming out continuously from my eyes. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Anand Yattinamani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is associated with a lot of long-term and acute problems if you wear contact lenses during sleep. Immediately remove contact lenses and start using antibiotic eye drops and artificial tear substitutes frequently. You can send pictures of your eyes and old records for b...  Read Full »

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