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How to Deal with Contact Lens Discomfort

Do your eyes itch or burn when wearing contact lenses? There are several reasons why you may be experiencing contact lens discomfort. Discover the possible causes behind the problem and see what you can do to relieve your discomfort.

What Causes Contact Lens Discomfort?

Some of the top causes of uncomfortable contacts are:

Dry eyes

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that arises when your tears can’t keep your eyes sufficiently lubricated due to an imbalance in the tear film. Certain diseases, medications and environmental factors, like high levels of dryness and wind, can cause or contribute to red, itchy or irritated eyes, especially when wearing contacts.


Allergens are typically harmless substances that induce an allergic response in certain people. Pollen, mold, dust and pet dander are some of the most common airborne allergens that trigger eye allergies. Cosmetics and certain eye drops, such as artificial tears with preservatives, can also induce eye allergies, which can make contact lens wear uncomfortable.

Corneal irregularities

The cornea at the front of the eye may be irregularly shaped due to astigmatism, keratoconus, eye surgeries (i.e. LASIK or cataract surgery), eye injuries or burns, scarring, corneal ulcers and/or severe dry eye. Irregular corneas often prevent traditional contact lenses from fitting correctly and comfortably.

Symptoms of Contact Lens Discomfort

  • Burning, itchy, stinging eyes
  • Sensation of something being stuck is in the eye
  • Excessive watering or tearing of the eyes
  • Unusual eye secretions
  • Redness of the eyes
  • Reduced sharpness of vision
  • Blurred vision, rainbows, or halos around objects
  • Sensitivity to light

How to Relieve Contact Lens Discomfort

Try Different Contact Lenses

Nowadays, there are many types of contact lenses on the market, including specialty contacts for dry eyes and astigmatism. Meet with our optometrist for a personalized eye exam for contacts.

With the variety of contact lens brands available, switching to a different contact lens may be the simplest answer if you’re experiencing discomfort that isn’t connected to improper fitting or issues with tear production. If your existing lenses fit well but still irritate and dry out your eyes, speak to us about trying a different design or brand of contact lenses, or changing your lens-wearing schedule.

Artificial Tears or Eye Drops

Over-the-counter artificial tears or eye drops are a common way to temporarily relieve contact lens discomfort. However, it’s important to keep in mind that unless prescribed by an eye doctor, they may not be treating the root of the problem.

Moreover, certain eye drops are incompatible with contact lenses, and may damage your contacts or harm your eyes. We also recommend staying away from products that claim to remove redness from your eyes, which temporarily reduce the size of blood vessels to lessen redness, but do not address the underlying cause of the condition, and can actually worsen it over time.

Take Good Care of Your Lenses

Inadequate contact lens care leaves residue on your lenses, which can discomfort, harmful eye infections and inflammation. Below are a few important contact lens hygiene guidelines to follow:

  • Before handling your contact lenses, thoroughly wash and dry your hands.
  • Remove your lenses before showering, bathing or swimming to prevent infection.
  • Do not sleep in your contact lenses (unless they are approved for sleeping).
  • Replace your contact lenses according to the manufacturer’s instructions (e.g., don’t reuse daily wear lenses).
  • Regularly clean your contact lens case and ask your eye doctor when to replace it.
  • Only use a contact lens solution that is appropriate for your lenses.
  • Never reuse or mix contact lens solutions.
  • Schedule regular appointments with your eye doctor.

If you are experiencing discomfort with your contact lenses, get in touch with Eyeland Vision in El Paso today. We’ll get to the bottom of the problem and provide effective solutions for all-day comfort.


What kinds of contacts are available?

Contact lenses are available in a wide range of materials and replacement schedules. Disposable contact lenses and extended wear contacts are the most convenient for many users.

I’ve already been fitted for contact lenses, so why did my optometrist ask me to come back?

If you’re asked to return a week later, it’s because your optometrist wants to rule out any issues, such as contact lens-related dry eye or irritation.

If it’s been around a year since your last eye checkup, you’ve likely been contacted to check whether your prescription has changed and to evaluate your eye health. The sooner problems are detected and treated, the better the outcome.

COVID-19 Office Updates

COVID-19 Office Protocol

At Eyeland Vision caring for our patients, staff, and community is our primary concern. We would like all our patients to know what to expect at their appointment during this pandemic.

Precautions Our Eye Clinic Is Taking to Limit COVID-19: We employ a strict office policy that mandates that all eye doctors, opticians, office staff, and patients not enter if they are feeling unwell or have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19.

Please allow 90 minutes for this visit. All patients, staff and doctors will be required to wear a face mask to the office. We will be utilizing a paperless system whenever and as much as possible. Please email or text our office a copy of your insurance cards, front and back, as well as your picture identification. All patients to complete all sign in forms and health screening online prior to your appointment. All prescriptions that are issued and all payment receipts will be accessed by patients via the online patient portal. A staff member will set up your portal and email or text you the access information. Please complete an online frame wish list and submit to us so we can have your eyewear choices ready and available for you. The links for these forms are listed below and can also be found on our website

Wellness screening link:

Online sign-in form link:

Frame wishlist link:

Upon arrival for your appointment, we are asking all patients to please wait in their vehicle for a staff member to greet you. We will be taking temperatures on all patients at that time. Anyone that has a temperature of 100.4 or higher, will be kindly asked to reschedule for another time. Our staff may ask you to wait outside rather than in the waiting area in order to protect yourself and others from any circulating germs. Only the patient with the appointment will be permitted into the office, unless that patient is a minor or requires assistance. Upon entering the building all patients will be wearing a mask and will be taken to wash their hands.

During your eye exam: The doctor may use a special plastic barrier called a slit-lamp breath shield to block the exchange of breath between patient and doctor. The doctor will wait for your slit-lamp eye exam to be over before speaking with you or answering any questions you may have.

We disinfect all equipment and patient contact surfaces before and after every use.

We disinfect all surfaces and equipment (front desk counters, telephones, pens, door handles, waiting room chairs).

All staff members wash their hands before and after contact with each patient and throughout the day.

If we don’t shake hands with our patients during this time, please don’t take it personally.

Once your exam is complete we will have you visit our optical team. In order to follow rules of social distancing and reduce the spread of the virus our opticians will bring frames to you. Please send in your online frame wish list as stated above so we can have your eyewear choices ready and available for you.

All frames that have come into contact with patients will be cleaned with antibacterial soap and hot water.

Once your glasses order arrives at our office you will receive a text message for curbside or in-office pick up. All contact lens orders will be shipped directly to you. We now offer in-office frame adjustments and pick-up.


Please call or text our office at 915-821-6800 with any questions or concerns you may have. If you feel it’s best for you or a member of your family to reschedule your appointment, please feel free to do so.

FAQ Page

When will you be open?

  • Due to the COVID-19 and current “stay in place” issued by the City of El Paso we are currently closed and have no projected date until the order is lifted. Please check back for current updates.

How may I contact your office if I have a medical emergency?

  • If you have a medical emergency please call our office and leave a voicemail or send us a text message and we will contact you as soon as possible.

I have an upcoming scheduled appointment, when will I be able to reschedule?

  • At this time all appointments are cancelled and patients will be moved to a priority list. Once the office is open, staff will call patients to reschedule based on date and time of scheduled appointment.

May I still make an appointment for a future date?

  • Patients may still make an appointment online for routine eyecare, medical visits…etc for a future date. Please keep in mind our office is monitoring on a week by week basis during the current situation. Our office will let our patients know if their appointment might have to be moved to a later date and time.

I have ordered glasses or contact lenses to be picked up at your office, how will I receive my order?

  • If you have a current order pending at our office please call or text to verify your address and we will gladly ship them to your home at this time at no cost.

How may I order a new pair of glasses or contact lenses?

  • At this time a patient may not be able to order glasses but you may visit our virtual boutique shop and create a wish list of frames you would like. Once the office is open we will be happy to help you order your new glasses.
  • For contact lens orders you may visit our online webstore and place an order to be shipped right to your home at this time. Our office currently offers competitive market pricing and yearly rebates.

How may I get access to my current prescription or other medical documents from your office?

  • Our office offers an online portal where a patient may access not only their medical documents, but prescriptions as well. It also features secure messaging if the patient is more comfortable communicating in that manner. Simply verify your email address you would the office to send you online portal link and we will provide you with your username and password to access the portal.

My current prescription is about to expire and I need to order glasses or contact lenses, what can I do at this time?

  • If you have prescription that is about to expire please call or text the office about an extension at this time.

Top 4 Eyecare Tips for Summer

This summer, whether you’re headed across state lines on a family road trip, flying off to Europe, grabbing a quick weekend getaway, or taking a vacation in your own backyard, don’t forget to protect your eyes!

Summer Eye Care Near You

Check out our top 4 tips for ensuring healthy eyes this summer, and remember, your eye doctor is here to help make the most out of your vision. Dr. Kerry Holt sees patients from all over the El Paso, Texas area. Let us give you the top-quality eye care you and your family deserve, not only during the summer, but all year long.

  1. Don’t Leave Home Without It

If you have a chronic illness and need to head out of town for a few days, you would never leave home without your medications, right? That’s because you know that if something happens and your meds aren’t with you, you could suffer discomfort or complications to your health.

The same is true for your vision. If you suffer from dry eyes, make sure to take artificial tears or medicated eye drops with you when you travel. Preservative-free eye drops are a traveler’s friend. They’re also available as individual strips, which are recommended since there’s less risk of contamination.

Running low on disposable contact lenses? Include an extra pair in your carry-on suitcase and stock up on new lenses ahead of time. If you wear eyeglasses, bring a spare set and a copy of your prescription along with you, just in case they get lost or broken.

We recommend speaking to Dr. Kerry Holt before you leave for vacation to make sure your vision needs are all set.

  1. It’s Getting Hot Outside

Usually, most people think of protecting their skin from sunburns when they’re at the beach, by the pool, or just spending time outdoors.

Did you know that your eyes can get sunburned, too?

This happens when the cornea is exposed to excessive UV rays. When the sclera (the white part of your eye) looks red, that’s a sign that you’ve got sunburned eyes. You might also notice symptoms like a sudden sensitivity to light, or your eyes may feel like something is stuck in them, or they could feel sore.

The best way to prevent sunburned eyes? Always wear sunglasses with 100% of UVA and UVB light blocking protection.

  1. Watch Out for the Pool

Swimming is one of summer’s greatest pastimes. There’s nothing quite like a dip in a pool or ocean to cool off from the sweltering summer heat. While you’re slicing through the water, remember to protect your eyes.

Remove contacts before going swimming, wear goggles while underwater, and rinse your eyes with cold water when you get out of the pool (it helps get the chlorine or salt out). If your eyes feel dry or scratchy after a swim, use some moisturizing eye drops to lubricate your eyes.

  1. Back to School is Sooner Than You Think

Your kids will be back in school before you know it. Help them prepare for the upcoming school year by scheduling an eye exam now. If they need new glasses because their prescription has changed or your teen simply wants a new look for the new school year, come in to Eyeland Vision for a consultation and take a look at the newest selection of frames and contact lenses.

Have you had a sudden eye injury or emergency while on vacation? Don’t wait until you’re back home to handle it — seek immediate care today. Certain eye injuries can damage your vision or lead to ulcers, so if you notice symptoms like redness, eye pain, changes to your vision, or flashing light, contact your eye doctor right away.

At Eyeland Vision, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision this summer and throughout the year.