Right eye pain after sleeping in contacts



Submitted by adison on Thu, 04/02/2020 - 17:19
United States
Did you perform any surgery for the eyes?
Do you suffer from pre-existing illnesses in the eye?
Do you suffer from any diseases in the body?
Do you use any eye drops?
Do you wear Contact lenses or Eyeglasses?





A few nights ago I fell asleep with my contacts in and the next morning I removed them and felt irritation in my right eye. I checked my surrounding of my eyeball thinking it was an eyelash, to be safe I didnt put in contacts the rest of the day but the irritation continued.

Closing my eye and looking around also causes really bad discomfort. The next morning I woke up and felt fine I continued to not wear my contacts that day as well, but returned to wearing them the very next day. I wore my contacts until late last night and noticed they felt a little uncomfortable.

This morning I woke up and rubbed by eyes and the feeling returned as it was two days ago. My right eye hurts whenever I look up and blink or close my eyes and look around. It also tears up every now and then.

Also I have long fingernails so I was thinking I might've scratched my eye removing my right contact lens.






Thanks for your Question

First of all you shouldn't wear contact lens for now. Second thing try to use lubricant eye drops frequently for example every 2-3 hrs per day for at least 3-4 days.

Sleeping with your contact lenses can cause severe dry eyes which can be manifested as eye irritation, ocular pain with foreign body sensation. You can use systane eye drops as a lubricant.

The third thing which is also important try to change the contact ens that you have now to a new one but don't wear it for the next 3-4 days 

You have to seek urgent medical care if you have blurred vision, red eye and severe ocular pain.