Philip Walsh - Are your contact lenses causing you discomfort or irritation?

Publish Date
Thursday, 18 May 2017, 9:35PM
Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

By Philip Walsh

If your contact lenses are uncomfortable, it’s very important to try and rectify the problem as soon as possible, as continuous irritation may lead to more serious problems.

If you’re experiencing discomfort when wearing your contact lenses, the cause can often be something simple like seasonal allergens, too much eye makeup or poor lens cleaning.

It’s also possible that if you haven’t cleaned your lenses properly, some deposits may have been left behind and this can cause discomfort. Try rinsing the lenses thoroughly with saline or a lens cleaning solution to remove debris. After this, try rubbing the lens with your fingertip to remove any excess dirt. You could also try using eye drops to help remove any unwanted particles on your lenses and see if this helps solve the problem over time.

Another point is to ensure your contact lenses are always properly inserted and that you have the right fit for the shape of your eye. When you buy your contact lenses from Specsavers, any subsequent contact lens consultation is at no extra cost.

If irritation continues, you should discontinue wearing your lenses and see your local optometrist for further advice.

For more information or if you have questions about contact lenses, talk to your local Specsavers optometrist or visit

About Philip 

Philip is an experienced optometrist with a Bachelor of Optometry from Auckland University. He’s worked in the UK, Zimbabwe and is now the Optometrist Director at the Specsavers New Lynn store in Auckland, one of 52 Specsavers stores across the country. 

Improving access for all Kiwis to high-quality eye care and eyewear is Philip’s passion. What he loves about his role at Specsavers is providing all his patients with excellent customer service and professional eye care with the latest technology and knowledgeable well-trained staff.

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