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what is wrong when your eyes itch when you have your contacts

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what is wrong when your eyes itch when you have your contacts in, this started about 2 weeks ago now I have to wear my glasses, my eyes just feel better, I haven't had any problems with contacts until now

Hello and thanks for your question.


Itchy eyes are usually the result of some type of allergen exposure. It is most commonly an environmental or inhalant allergen, but can come in the form of creams, makeups, or even contact lens solutions rarely.


Anytjme there is an allergy in the eyes, putting something in the eyes will exacerbate that. It's likely that there isn't anything wrong with your contact lens solution or contacts (except that you might need a new pair). But what I would suggest doing is to keep the contacts out for a week or so and start using an anti-allergy drop that you can purchase over the counter: either Alaway or Zaditor. If after 1 week of use your symptoms are no better, you may need to try a prescription allergy drop, Pataday, which would have to be prescribed by your doctor or eye doctor.


In addition, using cool compresses and artificial tears 3-4x/day can be helpful in getting your eyes back to their normal state.


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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
thanks this helps alot , so you are saying even if my eyes are not itching while the contacts are out , the eye problem is still there, I have orded new lens and will get the eye meds you talked about and wait a week or so to go back to the contacts

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