Eye discomfort: Old contacts or something more serious?

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Often when performing a yearly exam on a contact lens wearer, we may find small circular scars on the cornea. Patients often say they’ve experienced contact lens discomfort, redness and light sensitivity that lasted a few days to a week. They assumed they were wearing the contact lens too long or it was dirty and needed replaced. While it is true that an old or dirty contact lens can cause discomfort, the discomfort should stop upon removal of the contact lens. Scars that are seen on the cornea are a sign that the patient was developing an ulcer on the cornea. An ulcer is an area where bacteria start to eat into the surface of the cornea. This is dangerous because scarring over your line of sight can lead to worsening eye damage or even permanent vision loss.

Any time a contact lens wearer experiences pain, redness or decreased vision, he or she should remove the contact lens immediately and visit their eye doctor to catch any problems early. Call or request an appointment online.


From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease such as cataract treatment in Columbus, Ohio, for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley and Nationwide Plaza. 

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*this advice is general in nature and does not constitute an exam. For specific advice, see your eye doctor or healthcare professional.*

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