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Old 11-24-2017, 02:30 PM
 
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I have worn contacts for 30 years and just recently have been put in Air Optix. Ever since I started using this brand, o can no longer wear my contacts for more than 2 hours without terrible itching and blurred vision. My eyes were so damaged that I had to start on prednisone drops just to calm the reaction down. Once I healed up, I tried the Air Optix again and same reaction. I can't even try any different brands until my eyes calm down.


I had the same issue! I am currently on those same eye drops and my left eye has permanent damage from these now. I am using the drops to try to get some of the blurriness in my vision to go away but I won't be able to wear contacts ever again because the damage is so severe. At this point I'm just hoping to be able to get some of my vision back. I am 27 and cannot even drive at night with glasses on because my vision is so distorted.
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Old 02-11-2018, 09:07 PM
 
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I had the same issue! I am currently on those same eye drops and my left eye has permanent damage from these now. I am using the drops to try to get some of the blurriness in my vision to go away but I won't be able to wear contacts ever again because the damage is so severe. At this point I'm just hoping to be able to get some of my vision back. I am 27 and cannot even drive at night with glasses on because my vision is so distorted.
I've got something similar going on. My vision has been permanently altered as well.

My story starts in August of 2017. I went to my optometrist for my yearly eye exam and they decided to change my prescription from Air Optix Night & Day to Air Optix HydraGlide. After a month of wearing the new contacts from the samples given during the apointment; I put in a fresh pair from the ones I ordered.

Within a day my eyes were unbearably irritated. Red, puffy, itchy. It caused me to constantly blink which just made it worse. I went back to the optometrist 4-5 different times. They tried multiple different brands of contacts and my eyes rejected every one of them. I even went back to Air Optix Night & Day and they also irritate my eyes within 2 hours of putting them in.

I am 35 and have been wearing monthly disposables since I was 15 and never had an issue.

I have been wearing glasses all the time now, but I have noticed my vision has changed. I am going to go in for another eye exam to see if my prescription has changed even though it has been stable since I was 20 years old.
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Old 02-11-2018, 09:09 PM
 
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I also went to an ophthalmologist. Who said it may be dry eyes. He gave me an allergy drop and punctal plugs to help provide more moisture.

No luck.
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Old 05-18-2018, 02:00 PM
 
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I wore non-silicon hydrogel lenses for 35 years. I slept in them, and at the end of the month, threw the pair away and put in a fresh pair for another 30 days. I had no problems. Doctor switched me to silicon hydrogel AirOptix because of the better transmission of oxygen. Within 1 year, I developed an allergy to the lenses. At first we thought it might be the soaking solutions, but it wasn't, it was the siiicon hydrogels. They caused sudden giant papillary conjunctivitis. This is basically small welts on the inside of your eyelids. This causes the contacts to move around, and causes your eyes to itch and matter. You feel like it is seasonal allergies but it is a reaction to the lenses. It took 4 weeks to calm down my eyes with prednisone drops. The doctor then prescribed non-silicon hydrogels. (Dailies AquaComfort Plus Multifocal) The problems went away. I can no longer sleep in my contacts, but at least I can still wear contact lenses.

One year after successfully wearing Dailies AquaComfort Plus Multifocal, the doctor wanted to have me try a lens that transmitted more oxygen. She put me in Dailies Total 1 Multifocal which are a new water gradient lens. These happen to be silicon hydrogel, and transmit 3X the oxygen. The thought was that these lenses would be more comfortable when I wear them for 18 hours. Within 10 days of trying these lenses, the giant papillary conjunctivitis came back. These are daily disposables, so this had nothing to do with lens solutions, but was the materials of the lens - silicon hydrogel.

After doing some web research, as many as 25% of silicon hydrogel wearers develop problems or allergies to the lenses. If you suddenly have allergic reactions to your lenses, check to see what the lens is made of, and talk to your eye doctor about trying a different lens.
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Old 05-18-2018, 04:21 PM
 
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Thank you! This is so helpful. I'll check in with my eye doc and see if I can try the Dailies AquaComfort Plus Multifocal. It's worth a try. I'm fine with daily disposables . . . better than no contacts at all.
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Old 05-22-2018, 01:13 PM
 
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I switched away from this brand onto a new one that worked mcuh better for me. Also I tried a few different contact solutions and one of them has been way better for my eyes. Using biofinity contacts with Opti-Free solution. It took me a couple weeks of rest and a couple weeks to work into these contacts and they are much better. I wear them full days now.
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Old 05-30-2018, 08:34 PM
 
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I have worn contacts for 35 years for distance. In the last 3 years I had to switch to Alcon Air Optix multifocal lenses to help with reading vision. It feels like I have a tear on my lenses and I put up with this for 6 months and finally it was time for my eye exam. My doctor told me I had a severe reaction to the material that these lenses were made of. She told me it was like I had cobblestones on my eyelids and to stop wearing these lenses. I have been trying to find another multifocal lense made with a different material for 2 months with no luck. Beware of these lenses do not use them. I have had to put medicine in my eyes for 2 months to get rid of the allergic reaction.
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Old 09-02-2018, 04:12 PM
 
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I have Air Optix for Astigmatism lenses and wore them for 7 years without issue. I developed GPC in my left eye in the spring of 2018. The problem coincides with when I bought two boxes of lenses in August 2017 (lot 31240874). Given all the posts from that time period it seems maybe a bad batch of lenses were sent out. I didn't wear contacts for 2.5 weeks and the symptoms returned within hours of putting the air optix lenses in. I didn't wear contacts for another 9 weeks and once again the symptoms returned within hours of putting the air optix lenses. The optometrist gave me samples of Biofinity Toric, also a monthly lens, and I immediately put them in without issues for the past month.

I must have had a allergic reaction to the lens itself or it was a "bad/defective" lens. My right eye never had GPC so if I was allergic to the lens it seems both eyes would be impacted. The problem left lens felt stiffer/rigid compared to other lenses.
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Old 09-02-2018, 08:09 PM
 
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I wore Air Optix for many years then about 3 years ago I started to develop itchy, inflamed, generally uncomfortable sensations in my eyes constantly. It progressed to a very serious, chronic situation. Before this I had been a 12 hour lens wearer with zero issues.

I went to no less than 3 Opthamologists - that is MDs who specialize in eye health. I was finally diagnosed with a condition called giant papillary conjunctivitis as others have mentioned as well.

https://www.healthline.com/health/gi...conjunctivitis

I was treated with a 10 day course of prednisone (and something else I can't remember), then told to NEVER wear those lenses again as they were the source of the problem. After 8 weeks of healing time, the doctor sent me to the in-office contact lens specialist who explained that they are seeing massive problems with Air Optix lens wearers due to some kind of change in the chemical composition of the product. They have not been informed of what exactly has changed but they are moving away from prescribing those lenses.

Once my eyes recovered (which took about 8 weeks) I was advised to move to a daily disposable lens as these are the safest, most comfortable product. I settled on Acuvue by Johnson and Johnson. They are not cheap but they are amazingly comfortable and I hardly ever have to use drops anymore. Most of all, my eye health was restored.

Please don't try and tough it out like I did. Get a full exam and find a new product asap.
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Old 10-04-2018, 06:05 PM
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The common denominator among all of you seems to be the Air Optix brand. I wore those for a few years (about six years ago) and then switched to Biofinity and have worn those for about six years.

Suddenly about five months ago, I noticed that a few hours after putting them in, my eyes start burning like crazy. I've changed solutions three times and then tried a sample of Dailies AquaComfort Plus and after three days I'm not having any problems. But I know one of you did have problems after ten days so we'll see.

Are there any brands that aren't made from the material causing this?
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