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Contacts provide numerous benefits to patients, including clearer, more natural vision – but they are not free of risk. You must follow the wear and care instructions carefully to avoid complications and keep your eyes healthy.

Common Conditions

There are a number of conditions and complications that can develop due to contact lens use. A few of the ones we treat the most often at our Los Angeles office include:


It’s quite common for contact lenses to exacerbate allergies, because they trap allergens close to the eye. To treat allergies caused by contacts, Dr. Benjamin typically recommends temporarily switching to glasses, using artificial tears and avoiding rubbing your eyes. If it’s allergy season and your symptoms are unmanageable, schedule an appointment at our office so he can assess your condition in person and prescribe medication that can alleviate your symptoms.

Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis

Also known as GPC, giant papillary conjunctivitis is an irritation of the eye. It causes a number of symptoms, including large bumps inside the eyelid, red and itchy eyes, painful sensitivity to light, discharge and a change in vision. To treat the condition, you should first stop wearing your contacts for at least several days. From there, Dr. Benjamin may prescribe different cleaning solutions or lenses to prevent the irritation from recurring.

Corneal Abrasion

A corneal abrasion is simply a scratch on the eye. It develops due to lenses that don’t fit properly, wearing lenses with dry eyes, improper hygiene, overuse and sleeping with your contacts. Continuing to wear your lenses with a scratched cornea can cause the condition to progress quickly, ultimately resulting in scarring or perforation. Depending on the severity of your abrasion, Dr. Benjamin will offer a personalized treatment plan which may include prescription medication to manage the pain, eye drops and an antibiotic to prevent an infection.

Contact Lens-Induced Acute Red Eye

Also known as CLARE, this is an inflammatory reaction that develops due to overnight contact use, causing sudden eye pain and irritation. To treat the condition, you will need to stop wearing contacts and use artificial tears until your eyes have healed.

Dry Eyes

Dry, scratchy and irritated eyes are very common among people who wear contact lenses. To treat the condition, Dr. Benjamin will prescribe new contacts that can reduce dry eye discomfort and ensure that the lenses fit properly. From there, he will recommend specific lens care products that can optimize your comfort, along with drops to lubricate your eyes as needed.


There are many uncomfortable symptoms that can indicate a complication with your contact lenses. They include:

  • Red, painful and irritated eyes
  • Excessive tearing or discharge
  • Sudden blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light

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Contact lenses should be comfortable. If you’re experiencing any symptoms associated with the complications discussed on this page, we invite you to schedule an appointment at the Benjamin Eye Institute today.

During your visit, either Dr. Benjamin or Dr. Golchet will assess the condition of your eyes and offer personalized guidance to resolve your symptoms and restore your optimal eye health.

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    Doe G.
    Los Angeles, CA
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    Wow! I just had surgery by Dr. Benjamin  yesterday. Today I have 20-20, in that eye. Painless & perfect. I had no Idea, what I had been missing.
    Wonderful eye institute. Delightful & very efficient & up to date staff. Especially Myka. Treat yourself to good eye sight by the charming Dr. Benjamin. You will be in good hands.

  • Matt P.
    West Hollywood, CA
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    I have had dry eyes for a quite sometime and had seen several physicians and got eye drops etc but not until I have seen  Dr. Benjamin I found how serious problem that it was. I had the most thorough and individual attention by Dr. Benjamin. He explained to me my problem and treatment options available. Dr. Benjamin and His staff  are very caring and they spend as much time with you as needed and one feels taken care of. I was given state of the art treatment for my dry eyes and my eyes went from feeling tired , red , scratchy and itchy to brilliantly glowing clear. Office is very serene and staff is attentive, pleasant and smiling. Dr. Benjamin is very down to earth and explains thoroughly that one understands what alis them. I will definitely  keep coming back for all my eye issues.

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    Renee T.
    Los Angeles, CA
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    I wish I had come to Dr. Benjamin years ago!!!

    I have been hopping around between 3 eye doctors in the last few years complaining of severe eye pain, redness - so bad I haven't been able to wear contacts for a year. Every other doctor made a diagnosis in 2 minutes, prescribed a few things and sent me on my way. Nothing helped and the doctors kept saying my eyes looked fine despite my symptoms. Finally I saw Dr. Benjamin, and he listened to my concerns from top to bottom and did tests the other doctors never did! He made a brand new diagnosis which finally makes sense and fits my symptoms. He spent almost an hour with me which is unbelievable. I am so impressed with this place, even the front desk and other staff were so friendly. I'm so relieved and am looking forward to making a recovery with Dr. Benjamin and eventually getting LASIK.

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