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A feeling of sand in the eyes after wearing contact lenses - any solutions?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 04, 2013 at 5:44 PM

I'm 32 and have had glasses since I was a teenager (near-sightedness). One of the reasons I don't wear contacts other than during exercise or social events is because my eyes feel tired and sandy the next day, irrespective of how well I've rested.

Does anybody have any suggestions for how to address this? I've been fairly strict paleo for over 3 years and it doesn't seem to have helped this particular situation (though, of course, my overall health is way better).

I wear Acuvue Oasys 15 day disposables, and take care to keep them clean. Daily disposables weren't really any different, I had tried those for a year.

I don't have liver too often - been trying to do it once a week since the past month or so, and have cod liver oil most days (referring to Vit A).

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on January 05, 2013
at 10:32 PM

I know when I first got them I was told that you should wear them for no less than 4 hours at a time. Mine aren't throw-aways, so it's a little different, but when I first started it took me a good 2-3 weeks to get used to them, but as I transitioned to wearing them 6 days a week it got easier and more natural. I did this for about 2 years and by the end the contacts were almost as easy as glasses. I stopped wearing them for a year due to financial issues, and now I go back and forth but I definitely think it makes more sense to either wear them very frequently if you want to minimize soreness

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on January 04, 2013
at 06:19 PM

That's pretty interesting. I wear them for a few hours at a time and intermittently. Do you always find yourself being able to wear contacts for long periods at a time (i.e. an entire day) or do you think that takes getting used to as well? Do you also feel the need to lubricate your eyes once in a while, when you have contacts on?

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B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

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on January 04, 2013
at 06:11 PM

I have the same thing happen when I occasionally wear contacts. It goes away when I wear them consistently (or more obviously, not at all). I think it has to do more with your eyes taking time to get used to the contacts, and if you wear them very intermittently they never really do.

C77c5f4ef811f3f10476499975db747d

on January 04, 2013
at 06:19 PM

That's pretty interesting. I wear them for a few hours at a time and intermittently. Do you always find yourself being able to wear contacts for long periods at a time (i.e. an entire day) or do you think that takes getting used to as well? Do you also feel the need to lubricate your eyes once in a while, when you have contacts on?

B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

(1365)

on January 05, 2013
at 10:32 PM

I know when I first got them I was told that you should wear them for no less than 4 hours at a time. Mine aren't throw-aways, so it's a little different, but when I first started it took me a good 2-3 weeks to get used to them, but as I transitioned to wearing them 6 days a week it got easier and more natural. I did this for about 2 years and by the end the contacts were almost as easy as glasses. I stopped wearing them for a year due to financial issues, and now I go back and forth but I definitely think it makes more sense to either wear them very frequently if you want to minimize soreness

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on January 04, 2013
at 06:51 PM

Oasys didn't work well for me either. However, I have always gotten dry or slightly itchy contacts, so I try to have a humidifier nearby/ at least in the same room. At work (as humidifiers aren't really allowed), I have some bamboo in a vase and another plant on my desk.

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on January 04, 2013
at 06:40 PM

I have worn contacts for 17 years or so and the Acuvue Oasys kill me. I wear the two week "disposable" Acuvue kind that have been around for 10+ year, but take them out every night and clean them. I only use new ones when I start to actually feel the contact on my eyeball. I go through contacts more frequently on my right eye than I do my left.

When I fall asleep with my contacts in, I wake up with very dry, itchy eyes and literally have to douse my eyes with saline solution to even get the contacts moving and have to pry them off my eyeballs.

Try different brands. Your optometrist receives samples from the different manufacturers and Oasys may just not be for you. Everyone has differing eyeball and cornea shapes, so one brand will work for some, but not others.

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on January 04, 2013
at 06:15 PM

Make a conscious effort to blink when you're using the computer or watching TV. What do you do for work?

Consider purchasing a humidifier for your office, if possible.

Ask your optometrist about lens that are more oxygen permeable.

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on January 04, 2013
at 06:08 PM

I'm not sure if this is relevant to you/any help, but you could take a look at this article by Paul Jaminet (if you're a low-carber, that is) - he explains how low carb diets can suppress the production of mucus and lead to dry eyes and mouth. http://perfecthealthdiet.com/category/disease/dry-eyes/

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