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Contact Lens intolerance: Understanding the Condition and Treatment Options, What is contact lens intolerance and how can LASIK help?

It’s no secret that contact lenses have revolutionized the way we correct our vision. They offer a level of convenience and comfort that glasses simply can’t match. However, some people experience contact lens intolerance, which can make wearing contacts uncomfortable or even painful. If you’re one of those people, LASIK may be able to provide a solution.

What is contact lens intolerance?

Contact lens intolerance is a condition where the wearer experiences discomfort, irritation, or pain when wearing contact lenses. It can be caused by various factors such as dry eyes, allergies, improper lens fit, or a reaction to lens solution. Symptoms of contact lens intolerance can include redness, itching, burning, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light.

What causes contact lens intolerance?

There are several factors that can contribute to contact lens intolerance. These can include:

  • Dry eye syndrome
  • When the eyes are not producing enough tears, they become dry and irritated. This can cause discomfort when wearing contact lenses

  • Allergies or sensitivities to contact lens solutions or materials
  • Some people may be allergic to the materials used in contact lenses or the solutions used to clean them. This can cause a range of symptoms, including itching, redness, and swelling.

  • Meibomian gland dysfunction (a condition that affects the glands that produce tears)
  • Meibomian gland dysfunction can cause contact lens intolerance by contributing to dry eyes, gland blockages, and changes in the tear film.

  • Eyelid inflammation or infection
  • Eyelid inflammation, also known as blepharitis, can lead to contact lens intolerance by causing a range of symptoms that make wearing contact lenses uncomfortable.

    Blepharitis is a common condition where the eyelids become inflamed, usually due to a bacterial infection, clogged oil glands, or an overgrowth of normal skin bacteria. The inflammation can cause the eyelids to become red, swollen, and itchy, and can also lead to the formation of crusts or scales along the eyelash line.Contact lens intolerance can occur when blepharitis causes changes to the composition of the tear film, which is essential for maintaining a healthy ocular surface. The tear film is a thin layer of fluid that covers the surface of the eye and helps to keep it lubricated and moist.

    How can LASIK help?

    LASIK eye surgery reshapes the cornea to correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. This can improve vision and reduce the need for corrective lenses. For people with contact lens intolerance, LASIK can provide relief from discomfort and irritation caused by contact lenses.

    Is LASIK right for you?

    If you’re considering LASIK as a solution for contact lens intolerance, it’s important to talk to one of our LASIK experts to determine whether you’re a good candidate. In general, LASIK is a safe and effective procedure for most people, but there are certain factors that can affect your eligibility. Our doctors will consider factors such as your overall health and vision prescription to determine whether LASIK is right for you.

    In conclusion, contact lens intolerance can be a frustrating and uncomfortable condition. But with LASIK, you may be able to find a solution that improves your vision and reduces the need for contact lenses. If you’re considering LASIK, click here to schedule a free virtual or in-person consultation with one of our providers.