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My right eye is red and puffy after wearing contact lenses under light. Why?

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Published At June 14, 2019
Reviewed AtOctober 12, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My right eye is red and puffy. It hurts when I blink by the top of my iris. It also tears up a lot when it hurts, and when under the light. I use contact lenses that I can use for a week straight, and it started on day three. When it started, it only hurt when I blinked, and the eye would tear up a bit, the next day it was red, puffy and it reacted to light. I immediately removed the contact lenses. What is wrong with my right eye?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

First of all, I would like to tell you my point of view as an ophthalmologist in and against any contact lens that stays in the eye for more than 12 hours. The puffiness is most probably related to an allergic reaction that your eyes are experiencing, and you should discontinue using these contacts. The redness, the light sensitivity, and even the tearing are all signs of dry eye for which you should start using artificial tears at least four to six times daily, especially if you plan on using contact lenses again. Regardless of what any manufacturer says, you should not sleep with your contact lenses, and I would advise you to use daily from now on. You can use artificial tears while wearing glasses.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Souhad Abdulhalim Lawand
Dr. Souhad Abdulhalim Lawand

Ophthalmology (Eye Care)

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