Woman with contacts hurting her eyes

Wearing contact lenses gives you the benefit of better vision without the worry of damaging or losing a pair of glasses. They are a convenient, comfortable way to achieve proper eyesight. With that said, you may come across instances where putting them in or taking them out is causing discomfort.

Your contact lenses might be causing minor pain due to:

Improper cleaning

As you go about your day, your lenses can encounter things like dirt, bacteria, and makeup. By not using fresh solution or replacing your contact lens container after thirty days, you run the risk of these irritants bothering your eyes as you put your contacts in. Also, be sure to rub your contact lenses with solution when you take them out for the night.


Most patients opt for soft contact lenses due to their additional comfort. While that is the case, they can also be susceptible to tears and rips that can cause them to not set right. Even worse, rips can scratch your cornea and lead to more issues. Dr. Meagan Miles, a CEENTA optometrist and specialty lens specialist at our SouthPark location, offers salient advice to those who have damaged contacts. “Be sure to replace your contact lenses based on your physician’s recommendations or sooner if you see a tear or rip and avoid folding them.”

Long periods of wearing

Taking your contacts out is important for proper cleaning, but it’s also a matter of comfort. Sleeping in your contacts or going a long time without hydrating them can increase dry eye. Always remove your contacts at least once a day, and talk to your physician if your dry eye is becoming frequent.


As mentioned above, properly cleaning your contacts will help sanitize them and prevent infections. If you have pink eye or other infections, see your eye doctor and avoid contact lens wear until they tell you it is safe to wear them again.

Improper fitting or style

Your specific prescription includes information about what size your contacts should be in order to create an ideal fit. Sometimes you may come across a lens size that’s not quite right, or you may have an irregular cornea that makes traditional lenses uncomfortable or blurry. If you believe that you need a resizing for your lenses, talk with your physician for proper measurements and to discuss specialty lenses such as scleral lenses.

Your contacts can be a great way to keep your vision up-to-date, and part of that process involves the right doctor. At CEENTA, our eye specialists can not only find the right prescription and size for you, but also diagnose and treat infections and dry eye that can make your contact lenses feel uncomfortable. As Dr. Miles puts it, "Your contact lenses should look good, feel good, and you should see good. If you are having redness, they are uncomfortable, or you are not seeing as well as you would like, we are always here to help." Schedule your next eye appointment with Dr. Miles at our SouthPark location online or through myCEENTAchart.

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. New patients can make appointments online with our eye doctors in North and South Carolina. Current patients can also make appointments through myCEENTAchart with physicians they have already seen.


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