Contact lens intolerance and irritation can have you seeing differently from one day to the next. Yesterday, you hardly knew your lenses were in your eyes, but today they became painful from the moment you put them in.
Contact lens intolerance has an innumerable list of possible causes, from ill-fitting lenses or tiny tears in the lenses to allergens in the environment and dry eye syndrome. Dust, dander, pollen, and other allergen particles attach to your contact lenses, making them uncomfortable on your eyes and distorting your vision. The irritants can even cause your eyes to become itchy, red, and burning, resulting in inflammation and pain when trying to wear your lenses.
There are multiple ways to deal with CLI and one surefire way to conquer it.
To deal with it, you must ensure your lenses are a proper fit for your eyes. Many times this means multiple trips to the eye doctor to try different types and brands of lenses to find a better fit.
You will need to properly clean your lenses, per instructions every day, and immediately whenever you feel soreness, inflammation, and tenderness. Simply put, you have to be a good Boy or Girl Scout—always prepared with your solutions, lens case, and backup eyeglasses.
Each year, many of the millions of patients suffering from contact lens intolerance avoid the headache and hassles of contact lenses altogether by eliminating their need for contact lenses and the irritation that comes along with them with laser vision correction.
Alternatively, you can kick contact lens intolerance to the curb entirely with SMILE, a kinder, more gentle laser vision correction. More than four million people can see clearly thanks to the fastest-growing laser vision correction surgery in the world.
Now you may be wondering, is SMILE “LASIK”? Put simply: No, SMILE is safe and less invasive than other laser vision correction options. The entire process takes place just under the eye’s surface, making the treatment safer, lessening the risk of a complication, and promoting faster healing. The entire treatment takes just under 30 seconds, or less than the time spent cleaning your contacts daily. Better yet, you can enjoy your great vision the very next day without any restrictions or worries.
When patients trust me with their eyes, it’s a sacred trust. Every day I do my very best to make sure that each patient receives exceptional care, the safest, most advanced technology, and the best possible resultsDaniel Haddad M.D – CLI Expert & SMILE Surgeon
SMILE vision correction has proven to be an effective option for people with myopia (nearsightedness) with or without astigmatism. That’s right. SMILE is a viable vision correction treatment even for many people who were not candidates for LASIK in the past. Most return to work the day after, and you can apply makeup the very next day, too, unlike with other laser vision correction options.
You can even step through the SMILE vision correction process with a real-time video of the procedure here:
Recognizing that putting up with contact lens intolerance is not your only option is the first step towards healthier eyes. Deciding if SMILE is the right choice for you, is only a decision you should make after consulting with a laser vision correction specialist and weighing all your options. If you want to solve your contact lens intolerance permanently and have not considered SMILE, start by reading through our dedicated CLI resource page.
David Lemieux, BA from Oakland University is a LASIK expert and marketing professional that has worked with Dr. Dan Haddad and the Laser Eye Institute since 2017. David believes in education and cutting through the noise to deliver facts and opinions about LASIK, SMILE, and all things Laser Vision Correction.