When you wear contact lenses, you may experience a number of symptoms, including redness, light sensitivity, and a stinging sensation in your eyes. Depending on the cause of the discomfort, you can make changes to eliminate the circumstances that led to your symptoms. Here are some of the most common reasons for discomfort and what you can do to overcome them. 


Exposure to environmental allergens, such as dust, can cause your eyes to feel dry and irritated while you wear your contact lenses. A layer of allergens can build up on the surface of your eyes and remain trapped under the lenses. Fortunately, this is a problem that is easily handled. 

If you wear hard contacts or soft contacts that only require changing every month, you can remove the contacts periodically throughout the day and clean them. Cleaning them several times a day helps to remove the dust or allergen buildup. If your problem persists, consider switching to a daily disposable contact. You can also talk to your eye doctor about prescribing an eye drop for allergies if you are suffering from seasonal allergies. 

Improper Fit

Another common problem that can cause discomfort is the fit of the contacts. If you feel as if there is a foreign object in your eyes or experience fluctuations in your vision, it is more than likely the fit is incorrect. 

You cannot change the fit yourself, but you can schedule an appointment with your eye doctor. He or she can make adjustments to the prescription and even recommend a new brand to try. Little changes can make a big difference in how your contacts fit. 

Dry Eyes

One of the most uncomfortable experiences you can have with contacts is dry eyes. Dry eyes occasionally happen to everyone, but consistently dry eyes can cause discomfort and make your eyes feel tired all the time. 

When you suffer from dry eyes consistently while wearing your contacts, it could be the result of different factors. For instance, smoking or excessive caffeine intake can cause dry eyes. You can also experience it from taking certain medications. There are over-the-counter eye drops specifically made for people who wear contacts. Use them according to the directions. If your issues persist, talk to your eye doctor about receiving a prescription for eye drops that offers more help with moisturizing your eyes. 

If you experience any other problems with your contacts, talk to an eye doctor, such as one from A New Vision.  Many problems are easily solved, which means you do not have to suffer through the discomfort without any relief.