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.*

Eye pain and watering upon awakening

Eye Pain Upon Awakening

Some people experience episodes of eye pain and watering upon awakening in the middle of the night or morning. One thing that can cause this is a condition called recurrent corneal erosions. Usually the patient has previously had an initial corneal abrasion or scratch, which usually heals without any problems. However, as the scratch is healing, the new surface cells of the cornea can take a few months to completely adhere to the cell layers below them. During the night, the eye dries out and the under side of the eyelid will stick to the new cells. When the eye is opened upon waking, the eyelid then rips off these new fresh corneal cells and reopens the abrasion, causing the symptoms of pain and watering. After seeking medical treatment, your eye doctor may recommend an over-the-counter artificial tear ointment before going to bed. This ointment will prevent the eye from drying out and the lid from adhering to the new corneal cells. This ointment should be used every night for a few months after any corneal abrasion.

If you’re experiencing similar eye pain and watering upon awakening, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor immediately. Contact Rinkov Eyecare Centers today or request an appointment online. We’re here to help.

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 Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg.

CARE : 20|20 : LIFE

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