severely miserable. burning,itching, tearing. please help
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fell asleep with contacts
People who sleep in contact lenses are 10-20 times more likely to develop a keratitis or corneal infection. If your eyes are irritated try artificial tears. If the you develop pain, increased redness or decreased vision you should be seen by an eye care professional immediately.
Contact lenses in general cause dryness of the eyes, but even more so when a person sleeps in contact lenses. For the immediate time being I would be lubricating aggressively every 15 to 30 minutes while awake with over the counter artificial tears such as Refresh or Systane brands. You could also purchase either Systane gel or Refresh PM ointment to instill into the eyes for additional lubrication. You should feel much better by tomorrow morning. If, however, your symptoms persist or worsen in the next 12-24 hours, then you should seek immediate examination by an ophthalmologist to rule out any possible corneal abrasion, or less likely, any serious corneal ulcer.
This could be extremely serious since this is one of the more common caused of permanent vision loss if an infectious corneal ulceration occurs. Seek medial attention with your ophthalmologist sooner rather than later... especially if this continues or worsens after removing the contact lenses.
Please see your eye doc. This could be serious, and needs serious treatment.
You most likely have an over wear syndrome because of oxygen deprivation. 1 stop sleeping with your contact lenses. 2 if your eyes still bother you see and optometrist or ophthalmologist to rule out corneal ulcers that could require medical treatment. I do not like any of my patients to sleep with their contact lenses.
Sleeping with contact lenses significantly increases your risk of corneal ulcers and infections. Based on your symptoms, it's important to have your eyes examined as soon as possible for potentially serious complications and stay out of your contact lenses. Some of these potential problems can permanently effect one's vision. Please get into the habit of taking your contact lenses out nightly.