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Contact Lens Intolerance (CLI).
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Do you currently wear contact lenses but struggle with eye pain, dry eyes, or constant irritation when wearing them? You’re not alone. Every year over 5 million contact lens wearers develop some form of contact lens intolerance (CLI). At Filutowski Eye Institute, we are dedicated to helping our patients find relief from their CLI. Take our 30-second self-test today and learn about your treatment options. You don’t have to settle for discomfort in your contacts.

Every year over 5 million contact lens wearers develop some form of contact lens intolerance (CLI). At Filutowski Eye Institute, we are dedicated to helping our patients find relief from their CLI. Take our 30-second self-test today and learn about your treatment options.

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Are you aware that patients who suffer from CLI are oftentimes the best candidates for laser vision correction?

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Do you have to limit the amount of time you wear your contact lenses each day?

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Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms when wearing contact lenses? (Select all that apply)

4

Do your symptoms lessen or disappear when you are not wearing your contact lenses?

5

Have you ever had any of the
following?

6

Do you wear your contact lenses as prescribed?

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Do you regularly use artificial
tears/lubricating drops?

8

Age range

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Based on your answers, you may have CLI.
It’s a common condition among contact lens wearers and can be corrected.

Please enter your contact information to know more about CLI or to schedule a CLI screening appointment to discuss your options for correcting contact lens intolerance.
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Contact Lens Intolerance (CLI)
Overview, symptoms & treatment options

Contact Lens Intolerance (CLI)
Overview, symptoms & treatment options

Do you currently wear contact lenses but struggle with eye pain, dry eyes, or constant irritation when wearing them? You’re not alone. Every year over 5 million contact lens wearers develop some form of contact lens intolerance (CLI). At Filutowski Eye Institute, we are dedicated to helping our patients find relief from their CLI.

Do you currently wear contact lenses but struggle with eye pain, dry eyes, or constant irritation when wearing them? You’re not alone. Every year over 5 million contact lens wearers develop some form of contact lens intolerance (CLI). At Filutowski Eye Institute, we are dedicated to helping our patients find relief from their CLI.

What is Contact Lens
Intolerance (CLI)?

Nearly 140 million people worldwide wear contact lenses for vision correction. CLI occurs when contact lens wearers can no longer use contacts without feeling dryness or irritation. Often, CLI occurs in patients who have worn contacts daily for several years or have contacts that do not fit them correctly. Improper contact lens care and poor lens hygiene can also contribute to the severity of contact lens intolerance.

What are the symptoms of
Contact Lens Intolerance (CLI)?

People with CLI may experience dry eyes, irritation, and pain when wearing their contact lenses. Studies show about 40% of patients experience dry eye as their primary symptom. People with CLI may also notice that their contacts fall out of their eyes during the day or their eyes tear up constantly while wearing their contacts. Many contact lens intolerant people will reduce the amount of time they’re wearing contacts during the day, causing them to wear their glasses or settle for poor vision. In fact, studies show that up to 50% of contact wearers will stop wearing contacts within 3 years of initial use, with 70% reporting contact lens discomfort as the cause.

Nearly 140 million people worldwide wear contact lenses for vision correction. 

Patients with Contact Lens Intolerance (CLI)
can fall into three different categories

Category 1

Those who have attempted to wear contact lenses but failed to place or keep them in their eyes.

Category 2

Those who have worn contact lenses for many years successfully but succumbed to the discomfort associated with long-term wear.

Category 3

Those who have worn contact lenses for many years and despite the discomfort, continue to wear the lenses.

Patients with Contact Lens Intolerance (CLI) can fall into three different categories

What treatment options are available for CLI?

Contact lens intolerant people can find relief from their symptoms with the help of the Filutowski Eye Institute team.

What treatment options are available for CLI?

Contact lens intolerant people can find relief from their symptoms with the help of the Filutowski Eye Institute team. Our providers will examine your eyes and create a customized plan to help you achieve your optimal eye comfort.


Some may benefit from new contact lenses made from a different material or switch to a daily or weekly contact lens.

Others may be better off switching to glasses. For patients who want to stop worrying about contacts or glasses, you may be a candidate for laser eye surgery to correct your vision. At Filutowski Eye Institute, we’re proud to offer SMILE, a minimally-invasive approach to laser eye surgery that has helped many patients correct their vision and avoid the symptoms and struggles associated with CLI.

SMILE - the first minimally-invasive laser
eye correction solution on the market.

What is SMILE laser eye surgery
and how does it work?

SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction. This procedure uses a precise laser to correct nearsightedness and astigmatism. The surgery is performed by our providers in three simple steps:

Step 1

A highly precise femtosecond laser is used to create a thin contact lens-shaped layer of tissue just beneath the surface of the eye.

Step 2

The lenticule in the eye is removed through a small opening created by the laser, with minimal disruption to the cornea.

Step 3

By removing the lenticule, the shape of the cornea is adjusted and the refractive error is corrected.

What is SMILE laser eye
surgery and how does it work?

SMILE stands for Small Incision Lenticule Extraction. This procedure uses a precise laser to correct nearsightedness and astigmatism. The surgery is performed by our providers in three simple steps:

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What are the benefits of SMILE?

Since its FDA approval in 2016, SMILE laser eye surgery has been an excellent option for patients seeking to end their dependency on glasses and contact lenses. At Filutowski Eye Institute, patient comfort and premium vision are our top priorities. SMILE is performed with the ZEISS VisuMax femtosecond laser system. Using this advanced technology ensures excellent reproducibility and predictability, helping people with varying degrees of nearsightedness and astigmatism. Since the opening created in a SMILE procedure is done with a laser and is 80% smaller than that of a traditional LASIK flap, this makes SMILE the only bladeless and flapless option to correct your vision.

 

You can expect the same great visual outcomes with SMILE as compared to LASIK, with a quicker healing time and a more comfortable recovery. In FDA studies, 90% of patients who received SMILE had 20/20 vision or better.

Am I a candidate for SMILE?

SMILE laser eye surgery can be performed for patients who are nearsighted, with or without astigmatism. During your initial consultation, your provider at Filutowski Eye Institute will work with you to determine if you are an ideal candidate for SMILE laser eye surgery.

Why does Filutowski Eye Institute recommend SMILE over LASIK?

SMILE is the only minimally invasive laser vision correction solution.  This less invasive approach means less disruption to the cornea for patients who suffer from dry eyes and irritation associated with CLI. The smaller opening created with SMILE, 80% smaller than that of a traditional LASIK flap, means less disruption to the cornea’s nerve fibers. These nerves play a key role in maintaining a normal healthy cornea, so patients who have SMILE have less incidence of post-operative dry eye than those with LASIK. The Filutowski Eye Institute team is proud to offer this state-of-the-art LASIK alternative as a solution to their patients suffering from CLI.

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