4 Possible Reasons Why Your Contact Lenses Are Sliding

Posted on: 21 July 2018

Having a sliding contact lens is something that many people go through at one time or another. If this is a chronic problem for you, it could mean that there's something wrong with your contact lens, eye, or both. Read on to discover some of the most common causes of this problem and what to do if you suspect it's the trigger for you.

1. Wrong Eyes

Believe it or not, many people make the mistake of putting the wrong contact in the wrong eye. For example, putting the left contact lens in your right eye. It's a simple mistake, since the lenses themselves are usually not marked.

If your contacts have never slid before, try cleaning them thoroughly and then switching eyes. If your vision seems clear and the contacts stay still, this is likely all that went wrong.

2. Damaged Lenses

When contact lenses experience wear and tear, it often causes them to not fit properly. In some cases, this can be potentially harmful to your eyes. For example, a contact can become torn and potentially scratch your eye if the rough edge of the plastic rubs against it.

The main reason contacts don't fit properly after experiencing damage is that it can change the shape of a contact lens. The lens is carefully measured to fit over the dome of your eye, so if the shape changes at all, it may slide away from its intended resting place. Check your eyes for damage like tears, scratches, or missing parts. If you find any, do not use that lens again and call your eye doctor to get a new pair.

3. Eye Pressure

Excessive eye pressure can cause the shape of your eye to slightly warp, which has the same effect on contacts as the contact being damaged. If the shape of your contact and that of your eye don't match, the fit won't be a good one.

Elevated eye pressure can be triggered by diseases like glaucoma. If you have a family history of eye disease, contact an eye doctor right away to have your eyes examined.

4. Wrong Pair

Finally, if your contacts are new, there's a small chance that you may have received contacts with a manufacturing defect. This is fairly uncommon, but in some cases, a doctor may order the correct contact for you but may receive one that doesn't match the prescription ordered for you.

In this case, the best idea is to contact your optometrist to discuss a return. If they check the lens and it's not the right prescription, they will likely accept the contacts, even if you've worn them before.

Contact lenses are a great way of seeing clearly without impacting your appearance in a negative way. If you're concerned about your contacts slipping, contact a company like Cripe Stephens & Stickel to ensure that everything is okay.