Contact lenses and temporarily sticky eyes
November 8, 2005 8:22 PM Subscribe
I started wearing bifocal contact lenses a week ago (Bausch & Lomb SoftLens monthly wear) but have woken with gummy eyes every morning since I switched from my old Acuvues (soft lenses for simple nearsightedness).
posted by maudlin to Health & Fitness (7 answers total)
I have no pain, just some more dried mucus than usual. Occasionally one or the other eye is a little pink, but it doesn't last very long. Every morning I wash my hands and carefully clean my eyes, wear glasses until my eyes look OK, then put in the contacts and wear them for my usual 12-16 hours. I've had eye infections a couple of times before, but these left my affected eye crusty and red all the time until it healed. My working hypotheseis is that these new, thicker contacts are letting less oxygen in, leading to increased mucus production at night. That way lies scary stuff like keratitis and corneal ulcers, I know.
Yes, I'm calling my optometrist tomorrow. Yes, I'm wearing glasses right now and will keep wearing glasses until I get clearance to wear the contacts again. Yes, I'll be cutting back my wearing times to 8-10 hours a day. But I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this sort of thing upon switching lens types.