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Does wearing contact lens cause dark circles?

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Published At July 9, 2022
Reviewed AtAugust 10, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 46-year-old male. I have been wearing spectacle lenses for myopia since my late teens. I have recently developed presbyopia but have not switched to progressive lenses. Now I am working from home using the laptop. I do not wear spectacles while working and do not face any difficulty while reading, even though the font size is small. As my left eye has higher myopic power, when the laptop screen is kept at a distance from my eyes, it is not clearly visible by my left eye but visible by my right eye. The combined vision is fine, and so I manage. I just wanted to know if this will cause invisible eye strain. I am asking this because I have highly pronounced dark circles. Although I have had dark circles for a very long time, and not a recent phenomenon, I want to rule out all causes which can contribute to eye strain. I also wanted to check if I can use progressive contact lenses for presbyopia. Are there any disadvantages? I am planning to wear it for a function if they are feasible. How long before I should wear the contact lenses so that my eyes can get accustomed? When I used to wear contact lenses in my 20s, my eyes never looked fresh. I always used to look jaded. Was it because of the dark circles I already had or the contact lenses? I am not sure. Those contact lenses were regular wear contact lenses that need maintenance every day. With the current technology in contact lenses, will the experience be any better- from an eye strain and comfort perspective? Thank you.

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com,

I have read your query carefully and saw your previous prescription (attachents removed to protect the patient's identity). Now I will answer the first question about eye strain. Yes, not wearing spectacle does cause strain on the eyes, and in the long term, the patient can have symptoms of asthenopia. Asthenopia is a condition that causes headaches and blurring of vision. So, I suggest you prepare one set of progressive glasses for yourself. Now about progressive contacts, yes, you can use multifocal or progressive contact lenses after proper prescription and fit. However, continued contact use may lead to dry eye, so with contact lenses, you have to keep putting them in lubricating drops daily for 15 days. Now about dark circles, they can develop due to lack of sleep or overanxiety. So right now, you can go for both glasses and contact lenses. I hope I have been able to answer your doubts. Thank you and take care.

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Dr. Gargi Madhukar Apte
Dr. Gargi Madhukar Apte

Ophthalmology (Eye Care)

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