I suspect you have what is called contact lens-induced keratitis. Contact lenses cover the cornea completely when it is on the eye. The problem with this is that the cornea gets it's nourishment from oxygen in the air and not from blood vessels. Whem the cornea is having a relative lack of oxygen and is unable to compensate for this, there can start to be redness, pain irritation light sensitivity and tearing happen because of this. This is contact lens induced keratitis.
What I would recommend is to stay out of your contact lenses for a good couple of weeks. For most people, this can help the symptoms to improve, but also for most people, they may not completely go away, or they may come back when the contact lenses are put back in.
If the symptoms go away when you take them out for a week or so, but then return after you start using the lenses again, then you will need to see an ophthalmologist because at this point, your symptoms likely will not resolve completely without an antibiotic/steroid combination drop to rid your corneas of the inflammation that has set in. Does this make sense?
Yes, thank you. I only have contacts to improve my vision so I guess I should get a pair of glasses.
Yes, I think that would be best. Do you have any other concerns about this topic that I haven't addressed?
Is there anything I can do to help with the pain in the meantime?
Cool compresses and artificial tear use (avoid the get-the-red-out or redness-reliever kind, though) will help with the pain, as well as maybe tylenol or ibuprofen.
Thank You Again!