Why Are My Contact Lenses So Uncomfortable?

May 1, 2024

Contact lenses are a popular choice for many people due to their convenience and wider field of vision. While contacts should feel comfortable, they can sometimes cause irritation and discomfort even if you’re caring for them properly. You might notice symptoms like blurry vision, red, watery eyes, or a feeling of dryness. It can be frustrating and make you wonder why your contact lenses are so uncomfortable to wear. In this blog post, we will explore some common reasons why contact lenses may be uncomfortable and what you can do to find relief.  

Dry eye 

One of the most common reasons for discomfort while wearing contact lenses is dry eye. Dry eye occurs when your eyes don’t make enough tears, or they don’t make the right kind of tears to keep your eyes moist. This can lead to irritation, redness, light sensitivity, and a gritty sensation in your eyes. When you wear contact lenses, they can exacerbate these symptoms by reducing the amount of oxygen that reaches your eyes.  

If you suspect that dry eye is causing your discomfort, our dry eye specialists in Baton Rouge and Plaquemine can evaluate your symptoms and recommend the best treatment options for your eyes. In addition to selling MiBo heating pads at our eye care centers, we also offer advanced in-office procedures like OptiLight IPL therapy or MiBo Thermoflo to bring you lasting relief. 


Allergies can also affect your eyes and make wearing contact lenses uncomfortable. Allergies to pollen, dust mites, or pet dander can cause itching, redness, and excessive tearing in the eyes, making it difficult for you to wear contacts. If you suspect that allergies may be causing your discomfort, your eye doctor can suggest solutions such as antihistamine eye drops.  

Improper fit 

Another reason why your contact lenses may be uncomfortable is that they do not fit properly. Ill-fitting lenses can cause irritation and discomfort by rubbing against the surface of your eye. This can lead to blurry vision, redness, and even corneal abrasions if left untreated. By scheduling regular eye exams with a qualified optometrist at Southern Eye Centers, you can ensure your contact lenses fit correctly and address any issues. 

Could scleral lenses be the answer? 

If traditional soft contact lenses are still uncomfortable despite trying various solutions, scleral lenses may offer a more comfortable alternative. Scleral lenses are larger than standard contacts and rest on the white part of the eye (the sclera) rather than the cornea, creating a smooth surface that helps maintain moisture and reduce irritation. These specialized lenses are particularly beneficial for individuals with dry eye syndrome or irregularly shaped corneas who may struggle with wearing standard contacts. At Southern Eye Centers, we offer scleral lenses that can help provide relief for dry eye sufferers. 

If you’re experiencing discomfort while wearing contact lenses, it’s important not to ignore these symptoms. Visit Southern Eye Centers for a comprehensive eye exam and personalized recommendations for improving your comfort and vision. Whether it’s dry eye, an improper fit, allergies, or something else causing your discomfort, our team is here to help you find the right solution for your unique needs. Contact us today to book your exam!