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9 Signs of Poor Fitting Contact Lenses

Are your contact lenses feeling uncomfortable? Here are the top causes of contact lens discomfort and how your Calgary optometrist can help you achieve clear and comfortable vision.

For patients who don’t want to wear eyeglasses, contact lenses offer a convenient, safe, and comfortable alternative to vision correction. They are often recommended due to their many benefits, which include:

  • Wider and improved field of vision
  • Greater visual acuity
  • Greater safety, especially when engaging in sports
  • Less visual distortions compared to eyeglasses

Comprehensive Contact Lens Fittings in Calgary

At Market Mall Optometry, our optometrists strive to provide you with the most comfortable and clear vision. We offer a wide range of services, including contact lens fittings, during which we check the health of your eye and determine which contact lenses are best suited to your particular vision needs and lifestyle.

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Top Signs of Contact Lens Discomfort

Contact lenses are a very safe and effective way to correct your vision, but in order for them to work optimally, you must take care of them properly and follow the maintenance and replacement schedule recommended by your optometrist.

These guidelines help keep your eyes healthy and your vision comfortable while you’re wearing contact lenses and if they aren’t followed, certain problems can occur, including:

  • Stinging, burning and itchy eyes
  • Abnormal feeling of something in your eye
  • Excessive tearing
  • Unusual eye secretions
  • Eye redness
  • Poor visual acuity
  • Blurred vision or halos around objects
  • Light sensitivity
  • Dry eyes

Noticing Any of These Symptoms? Here’s What You Need to Do

If you wear contact lenses and are experiencing any of the above symptoms, then you must take immediate action. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Immediately remove your lenses

The first step to follow is to remove your contact lenses. If the problem stops, your lens may be damaged and you should not put it back in your eye. If the lens has dirt, an eyelash, or any other foreign body on it and appears undamaged, then you should clean, rinse, and disinfect the lens before reinserting it.

If the problem persists after you’ve cleaned the lens, immediately remove it and consult your Calgary optometrist. 

2. Seek Professional Help

If the above symptoms persist after removal of the lens or upon insertion of a new lens, there may be a serious condition present, such as:

  • Infection
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Iritis

You must keep your lens out and seek immediate treatment from your optometrist to avoid any permanent damage to your vision.


4 Main Causes of Contact Lens Discomfort

For most patients, contact lenses offer a very comfortable and convenient way to achieve clear vision. However, at times, they can become uncomfortable and this may be due to: 

1. Poor Fit: Your eye’s size and shape are unique and your contact lenses should be too. If you failed to have a contact lens fitting, then you may have ended up with a poor fitting lens. It’s important to see your optometrist because they can perform a variety of measurements to ensure your lens is well-fitting.

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2. Contact-Lens Associated Dry Eyes: People with dry eyes may experience some discomfort when wearing contact lenses. This may be inherent (certain medical conditions) or due to lifestyle habits such as smoking or prolonged computer use.

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3. Environmental Allergens: If you wear contact lenses, your eyes may become irritated when there are large amounts of environmental allergens, such as dust or pollen. This is because these allergens stick to the surface of your lens and cause discomfort.

4. Underlying Condition: The discomfort you are feeling may not be from your lens but rather an underlying infection or disease. You must visit your optometrist to have this diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.


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Are you looking for the perfect pair of contact lenses? To find out more about our comprehensive contact lens fittings and how our optometrists can help you find the right lens for your particular vision needs, visit our Calgary eye clinic at 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW (Next to Milestones) Calgary, Alberta, T3A 0E2.

Alternatively, you can contact us at 403-286-4884 or fill in our online contact form.

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