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Problems with Contacts

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Has anyone had any issues with their contact lenses while on Accutane? I don't mean dry eyes cause that's pretty much a given. I mean like where your contacts don't even seem to fit right anymore. I have been having the hardest time with my left eye since being on Accutane. I have gone to three eye doctors and at least 6 different brands of contact lenses before finding a pair that will fit my right AND left eye. And I'm still having a little trouble with it being blurry in my left eye, :wall: just not as bad as before. I have been on 30 mg a day for 5 months.

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well, i've noticed that my eye goes blurry sometimes. i just thought my contacts were dirty. however, now that i think about it... i think blurry vision is a side effect.

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that could be a sign of a serious problem, go to the eye doctor and have them check the eye pressure its just a simple blast of air on the eyeball. Its probably due to increased cranial pressure causing your eye to change shape that why you have blurry vision the lens isnt focused and your eyeball is changing shape which explains why contacts dont fit. If the pressure is high enough you may have to stop accutane for a while. If you could can you check the BC on all your contacts if thats been changed then definitely have this checked out it might cause permanent eye damage.

If your eye doctor AND gp say its not a severe problem then check your presciptions if youve been presribed the same contacts over and over again since your eye probably inflated and deflated overtime you may really only have 2 prescriptions and would need to change between those two saving you money

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that could be a sign of a serious problem, go to the eye doctor and have them check the eye pressure its just a simple blast of air on the eyeball. Its probably due to increased cranial pressure causing your eye to change shape that why you have blurry vision the lens isnt focused and your eyeball is changing shape which explains why contacts dont fit. If the pressure is high enough you may have to stop accutane for a while. If you could can you check the BC on all your contacts if thats been changed then definitely have this checked out it might cause permanent eye damage.

If your eye doctor AND gp say its not a severe problem then check your presciptions if youve been presribed the same contacts over and over again since your eye probably inflated and deflated overtime you may really only have 2 prescriptions and would need to change between those two saving you money

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I had to wear glasses for most of my Accutane course since the Accutane dried my eyes out so much.

You might find that using Lacrilube (over the counter) ointment at night after you take your contacts out might help the lubrication of your lenses during the day. In order to fit properly on the eye, the contacts must 'float' upon a layer of tears over the cornea. Excessive dryness of the eye will cause problems with fitting, and can cause corneal abrasions. Take your contacts out religiously every night and clean them properly, particularly while on Accutane.

Try consuming more fluids. If all the preceding does not improve the fit of your contacts (Yes, the eyeball can get dehydrated, too!), try glasses. If that doesn't improve your vision or pain in the eye, you will need to go back to the opthalmologist for further screening for the reason for the irritated eye.

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I had to wear glasses for most of my Accutane course since the Accutane dried my eyes out so much.

You might find that using Lacrilube (over the counter) ointment at night after you take your contacts out might help the lubrication of your lenses during the day. In order to fit properly on the eye, the contacts must 'float' upon a layer of tears over the cornea. Excessive dryness of the eye will cause problems with fitting, and can cause corneal abrasions. Take your contacts out religiously every night and clean them properly, particularly while on Accutane.

Try consuming more fluids. If all the preceding does not improve the fit of your contacts (Yes, the eyeball can get dehydrated, too!), try glasses. If that doesn't improve your vision or pain in the eye, you will need to go back to the opthalmologist for further screening for the reason for the irritated eye.

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This could be something more serious than corneal abrasions. You could be having brain trauma and blurred vision is a sign of that. You should really read over this site. http://www.max001.proboards42.com/

Pseudotumor cerebri is extremely rare. The poster didn't mention headaches. Double vision or diplopia is a much more common symptom of increased intracranial pressure than 'blurred vision.' The poster mentioned 'ill-fitting' contacts and having had several opthalmic visits. No doubt if the opthalmologist had thought pseudotumor cerebri were a possibility, the poster would have been referred for screening for same.

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This could be something more serious than corneal abrasions. You could be having brain trauma and blurred vision is a sign of that. You should really read over this site. http://www.max001.proboards42.com/

Pseudotumor cerebri is extremely rare. The poster didn't mention headaches. Double vision or diplopia is a much more common symptom of increased intracranial pressure than 'blurred vision.' The poster mentioned 'ill-fitting' contacts and having had several opthalmic visits. No doubt if the opthalmologist had thought pseudotumor cerebri were a possibility, the poster would have been referred for screening for same.

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well in that case they wouldve noticed abnormal eye pressure, well if they fit perfectly well then, it might just be the prescription on the left eye since contacts increase in .1 or .2 diopters and dont fit prescriptions exactly you should tell your eye doctor that the left side is blurry and increase/lower the strength of the left contact until it seems sharper that always helps me sharpen my vision in one eye.

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I wear Focus Daily (-2.25, -2,00) and it's important for you to use eyesdrop like Genteal at least one time a day and make an effort to wear your contacts lessens less than usual.

It works great for me. My eyes are a little red but I can live with that

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I wear Focus Daily (-2.25, -2,00) and it's important for you to use eyesdrop like Genteal at least one time a day and make an effort to wear your contacts lessens less than usual.

It works great for me. My eyes are a little red but I can live with that

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i think that feeling of it not fitting is a symptom of dryness.

I wear lenses alllll the time but had to admit defeat and wear glasses.

it's a pain but you should go and get it checked out just to make sure it's nothing serious.

I'm sure it's not in which case, wear your lenses for driving but change into your glasses once you're at work. and get good eyedrops - one suitable for contact lenses and one for without. and buy a replacement every 30 days.

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i think that feeling of it not fitting is a symptom of dryness.

I wear lenses alllll the time but had to admit defeat and wear glasses.

it's a pain but you should go and get it checked out just to make sure it's nothing serious.

I'm sure it's not in which case, wear your lenses for driving but change into your glasses once you're at work. and get good eyedrops - one suitable for contact lenses and one for without. and buy a replacement every 30 days.

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Unfortunatly I am stuck with lenses that can only be replaced once a year 9and they are not cheap). Does it really matter if you use drops for eyes with out contacts when you have contacts in? I find that the rewetting drops for contacts pretty much suck and my eyes are dry 5 minutes later.
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Unfortunatly I am stuck with lenses that can only be replaced once a year 9and they are not cheap). Does it really matter if you use drops for eyes with out contacts when you have contacts in? I find that the rewetting drops for contacts pretty much suck and my eyes are dry 5 minutes later.

I think it does. it could be drying out your eyes more! contacts don't let your eyes 'breathe' in the same way as if your eyeballs are bare (!) therefore needs a different formula of eye drops.

at least i think so, it could just be a marketing ploy - but i once used regular eyedrops when i had lenses in and it aggravated my eyes somewhat.

Also the trick is not to use them too often otherwise your eyes can become too dependant (this comes from experience from years of suffering from pollen allergy too).

It may help taking your lenses out during the day and cleaning them. that should get rid of dust that collects throughout the day.

But I really do think you ought to go to an optician again just to check all is well. just to be on the safe side.

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I would find a ocular surface specialist and have them look at your meibomian glands. Accutane can severely affect the functionality of those glands and they are EXTREMELY important to maintaining a stable tear film. Any change in the quality of your tear film can lead to vision changes and discomfort. Most eye docs never even look at the meibomian glands.

Not to scare you or anything, but people (including me) suffer from dry eyes for many years post-accutane.

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I would find a ocular surface specialist and have them look at your meibomian glands. Accutane can severely affect the functionality of those glands and they are EXTREMELY important to maintaining a stable tear film. Any change in the quality of your tear film can lead to vision changes and discomfort. Most eye docs never even look at the meibomian glands.

Not to scare you or anything, but people (including me) suffer from dry eyes for many years post-accutane.

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Try the Lacrilube ointment at night when you're going to sleep. For three months I had to use that in one eye (plus tape it shut) as it wouldn't close by itself as I had Bell's Palsy some 13 years ago. That made a HUGE difference.

During the day, buy some pharmacist recommended eye drops that are for use with contacts, particularly the type you have. Some eye drops can be absorbed into the contacts, and some actually dehydrate the lens and make the contact fit worse.

There are also eye drops that can increase and/or normalize the tear production. Check with your doctor about those. Restasis is one. It really works! :) It cannot be instilled while you're wearing the contacts, but you could use it right when you wake up and then give enough time for it to dissipate before you insert the lenses. Of course you can instill the drops at night right before bed without hurting your contacts as you won't be wearing them overnight. At least you better not be. :P Not on accutane, and not with that strength of prescription. Are yours toric, too? Definitely take them out! Those are mighty thick lenses but by god do they work for astigmatism!

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