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Question:
My husband uses rigid (extended use) contact lenses and has been experiencing "burning" pain almost every day after several hours of usage (one eye at a time, on both eyes). He visited an optometrist twice, who examined him thoroughly and found no problem, neither with his eyes or his lenses. We thought it might be dust or eyelashes, but it doesn't seem to be the problem. Although they are designed for extended use, he takes them out every night. We are considering getting second opinion from a different optometrist, but would you have any idea what might be causing this strange pain?

Answer:
Contact lenses float on a layer of tears and that provides the comfort needed for good vision. If the tear film is deficient, then the lens can touch the eye and cause local discomfort and sometimes even surface breakdown. Contact lens wear is normally comfortable and should not be causing this problem. I would recommend, as you suggest, a second opinion about this, but I would encourage you to see an ophthalmologist (an Eye MD) who can provide a more comprehensive analysis of this problem.

Answered by: Richard Bensinger, MD  Dr. Richard Bensinger

Categories: Vision Correction

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Answered: Aug 06, 2013

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