Do your contact lenses bother you after wearing them just a couple hours?
You know the feeling — itchy, dry, like there is a boulder in there?
And expensive drops never seem to help for long — a half hour, at best, and sometimes only a few seconds.
And your vision is stinko, which makes the whole thing seem just that much worse.
Well, I’ve discovered a fix for this problem, and it’s not purchasing a certain brand of drops or even changing out your contacts. In fact, if you’re thinking of giving up on contacts altogether, you might want to try this first. It’s that effective. And that easy. And did I mention basically free?
That’s right — no special products to buy, no need to wear a warming pack to get the lubrication flowing (been there, done that); you can even try this if your doctor has mentioned getting plugs in your eyes. You might be able to avoid them.
Try this, and you might even get back to that lovely state of not noticing that your contacts are in your eyes for hours on end. You will be amazed at how much of a difference it makes.
What to do about contact lens discomfort:
You may not have thought of this solution (haha, see what I did there? LOL), but for me it made a HUGE difference in how comfortable my lenses are and how long I can wear them. All this time I thought the contact lens discomfort I was experiencing was just the way it had to be — but it doesn’t.
“What is it?” you ask. “What is this amazing hack that will solve all my contact lens problems?” Here’s the answer:
JUST DRINK WATER.
That’s it! Just make sure you are drinking enough water every day so that your body is fully hydrated.
For most of us, this will mean at least as much in ounces as half our body weight is in pounds. For example, if you weigh 130 lbs, then you need to drink 65 ounces of water per day.
(A quick way to figure out your own required water amount is to use J.J. Virgin’s water calculator here: https://jjvirgin.com/5-signs-not-enough-water/. She should have added “dry contacts” to that list, lol.)
Why does this make a difference? Well, when you are not fully hydrated, then your eyes aren’t, either. And guess where they suck the moisture from, to try to hydrate themselves? That’s right, your contact lenses. Your contacts may start out nice and moist, but your eyes will act like sponges and gradually steal most of the water out of them — and still be looking for more.
This means the lenses are now dry, and your eyes are still not fully lubricated — which results in that nagging itchiness and the feeling like you have dust underneath the lens that you just can’t get rid of. And it’s downright uncomfortable, am I right?
When you drink enough water, then your eye is fully lubricated and doesn’t need to steal the moisture from the lens. So the contacts stay moist, and your eyes stay comfortable. FOR HOURS.
And your vision is back to the way it should be, because the contacts are designed to work THROUGH the moisture layers. Have you ever noticed, when you put drops in, how much better your vision is for just those few seconds before the drops get absorbed? That’s the way it should be all. the. time. And it can be when your eyes are FULLY hydrated.
If you are currently having contact lens discomfort, then it will take a few days of drinking LOTSA water to bring your eyes to the point of being hydrated enough. Be patient and keep drinking.
If you stop drinking water for one day, you can probably get away with it, and your vision and comfort level should be fine. But if you go back to the old habits of not enough water over several days, your contact lens discomfort will increase again. Trust me, I know this from experience.
So it’s important to be consistent and get your water EVERY day. If drinking enough water on a daily basis is hard for you, I have a great suggestion for how to do it, which I wrote about in a previous blog post: How to Drink Enough Water Every Day — a simple plan you can fit into your life.
Drinking water helps your body in so many ways. And one of the big ones is it makes wearing contacts SO MUCH more comfortable over a full day. Just try it and see!
This has been an AnnieThing. An AnnieThing is a simple tip that helps make life run more smoothly. Because we can all use a little more “smoothly” going on!