Swollen, Red, Watery, And Painful Eyes After Wearing Contact Lenses?
So I am a contact lens user, these days I often ride motorbikes and my eyes are always exposed to dust. That night my eyes felt bad and I immediately took off my soft lens … then I rubbed my eyes the next day my eyes were swollen, red, watery, flecked and felt pain in the upper lid. I am confused if this is irritation or eye pain, isn’t it?
Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com. I am dr. Princess Claudya will help answer your questions.
Symptoms of swollen, red, watery, and painful eyes that you complain about after wearing contact lenses are most likely caused by the effect of wearing them on your eyes. This can be:
Contact lens irritation: this can be caused by friction from the contact lens material which can irritate the eye (corneal abrasion)
Lack of oxygen entering the eye due to being closed by contact lenses. This can result in dilation of blood vessels as the body's mechanism for increasing oxygen levels, thus appearing as red eyes
Corneal infection (keratitis): often triggered by irritation / injury to the cornea, one of which is wearing contact lenses. Infection can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, or amoeba
Allergy to contact lens material.
Symptoms that generally occur in conditions related to the cornea of the eye as mentioned above are red eyes, sore eyes, gritty sensations, glare and pain when exposed to light, and decreased visual acuity.
However, the cause of your red eyes can also be caused by other things that are not related to contact lenses, such as:
Eye irritation from dust: red eyes, gritty sensation, pain
Dry eye (dry eye): caused by a lack of tear production / rapid evaporation of tears. Symptoms include red eyes, pain, gritty sensation
Inflammation of the conjunctiva (conjunctivitis): red eyes, pain / itching depending on the cause, generally there is no decrease in visual acuity, there is clear or yellowish discharge depending on the cause
Inflammation of the pigment membrane of the eye (uveitis): red eyes, decreased visual acuity
Acute glaucoma: red eyes, pain, decreased visual acuity
To ascertain the cause of the complaint, you should further consult an ophthalmologist to be examined directly. The doctor will dig further into the course of your disease and will perform a detailed eye examination. If necessary, the doctor will carry out supporting examinations such as blood tests, eye pressure checks, etc. And after that the doctor will provide treatment for you according to the underlying condition. Also discuss with your doctor about using contact lenses.
Things you can do to improve the condition and prevent worsening of your eyes are:
Avoid rubbing your eyes because it is feared that it will cause further damage
Wash hands before touching the eye area
Stop using contact lenses as long as your complaint is still there until it is cured or until it is allowed by a doctor
Use and care for contact lenses properly, namely: wash hands before and after wearing contact lenses, keep contact lenses clean according to the instructions for use, replace contact lenses according to the rules and before the end of use is allowed, regularly clean contact lenses, do not wear contact lenses when sleep
Use sunglasses when exposed to the sun and outside air to reduce glare and pain, while preventing eye irritation by dust and foreign matter
Avoid reading / looking at the screen too closely, reading in a dark room, reading in small letters
Avoid staring at the computer / screen for too long. Do the 20 principle, which is every 20 minutes looking at the computer, resting your eyes for 20 seconds by looking at objects that are 20 feet away
Get enough rest, sleep 7-8 hours a day
Eat nutritious foods, especially those containing vitamins A, B complex, E, C, omega 3 to support eye health, which you can find in vegetables, fruits and meat
Avoid consumption of cigarettes, alcohol, and illegal drugs
That is the explanation from me. Hopefully helpful and useful. Get well soon :)
dr. Princess Claudya