Friday, August 28, 2015

Uncomfortable Contacts, We Need To Talk


Remember learning about magnets as a kid in school? Put the positive end of one magnet and the negative end of another together and they attract each other immediately. But try positive-to-positive or negative-to-negative and no matter how much you try, they want nothing to do with each other.

Some days, it can seem like putting in your contact lenses is like trying to shove together a couple of magnets at the wrong ends. You might get them together for a while, but then one has a change of heart and suddenly they want nothing to do with each other.

While it’s not uncommon to have days when your contacts and eyes don’t get along, you shouldn’t take it lightly. This is a long-term relationship after all, so do yourself a favor and seek professional help.

Uncomfortable contacts can be caused by something as mild as the dryness of the lens, but it can also be a sign of something more serious. All too often during annual eye exams, we see patients who have no idea that they have scars on their corneas from ulcers. When we begin to investigate the problem, patients typically tell us that their contacts had been bothering them but they did nothing about it. This is dangerous because this can cause ulcers, which can cause permanent vision loss if not treated immediately.

Like any bad relationship, the worst thing you can do is put up with it. If you’re experiencing pain, redness, or decreased vision, take your contacts out and schedule an appointment with your eye doctor.


From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease, such as cataract treatment, in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington and Nationwide Plaza.