Why Do Your Eyes Feel Dry And Itchy By The End Of The Day With Contacts?

Do you have trouble wearing your contacts all day because they always make your eyes feel dry and itchy after just a few hours or wear? You should be able to wear contacts comfortably all day long – if you can't, this is a sign something's not quite right. Here's a look at some possible causes of this issue and what you can do to address them.


Do you suffer from allergies? The problem could be that you're being exposed to allergens throughout the day. These allergens can get stuck to your contacts, hindering the process by which your eyes usually get rid of them through tearing and watering. The allergens' presence could be leading to the itchiness and dryness you're experiencing. If you work outside, try wearing your glasses on days when the pollen count is high, or use eye drops to rinse your eyes out every hour or so. If you work indoors, see if your building's maintenance personnel can clean out the air ducts and check for mold to ensure you're not being exposed to mold spores that are causing your symptoms. Keep windows near you closed so that pollen does not blow in.

Too Much Screen Time

Blinking keeps your eyes moist, and when you stare at a screen all day, you probably don't blink as often as you should. As a result, your eyes start to feel dry – and this effect is even more pronounced with you wear contacts as they start to feel scratchy against your eyes when they dry out. To keep your eyes from drying out through the day, try switching to a flat screen to reduce glare and keep your screen free from dust. Remind yourself to blink more often throughout the day, and take breaks from staring at the screen whenever you can.

Contacts That Are Too Small

During your eye exam, your eye doctor should have measured your eyes to ensure you were given contacts that fit your eyes appropriately. However, everyone makes mistakes. There could have been a mistake made when filling your prescription or when measuring your eyes, resulting in you getting contacts that fit too tightly against your eyes and don't allow enough "tears" to accumulate beneath them. If you don't think allergies or excessive screen time are to blame for your dry eyes, have your eye doctor re-measure your eyes and ensure you have the right size contacts. Switching to the proper size should eliminate your issues.