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Contacts causing irritation

I have had my contacts for about 3 weeks now. At first I had no problems with them, but now my left eye stays too wet, and is really irratated. My right eye is fine. What could be the cause of this and what should I do? I am nearsighted and have astigmatism.

There are several possibilities to the cause of the problems you are having with your left eye.  Some of the causes and what you should do are listed below:

1. A tear or rip in the contact ... simply replace it with a new contact

2. A poor fit ... if you have astigmatism and are wearing a toric lens, too much rotation of the lens or excessive movement could cause irritation.  You should be refit with a tighter lens.

3. Even though your left eye is tearing, the problem could be the result of the dry eye.  The excessive tearing is actually a reflex tearing due to the eye being irritated from wearing the contact and having the contact "dry" the eye out.  A lower water contact lens would help.

If the irritation is minor, perhaps over the counter contact lens rewetting drops such as Clerz would help.

I suggest getting the lens rechecked by the doctor that fit you.  He/she should be able to determine the source of your problem.

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