8850 Columbia 100 Pkwy,
Suite 101,
Columbia, MD 21045

Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

Phone: 410-709-7326

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 Goel Vision, 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.

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.

Take our brief self test

If you think you may have contact lens intolerance, take Goel Vision’s 30-second self-test today and learn about your treatment options. You don’t have to settle for discomfort in your contacts.


Let's begin with your age range?


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


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


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


Have you ever had any of the


Do you wear your contact lenses as prescribed?


Do you regularly use artificial
tears/lubricating drops?


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


Based on your answers, we believe you may be a SMILE candidate! Enter your contact information to receive more educational resources about how SMILE can make a difference in your daily life.

What treatment options are available for CLI?

Contact lens intolerant people can find relief from their symptoms with the help of the Goel Vision 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 Goel Vision, 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.

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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 Goel Vision, 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 Goel Vision will work with you to determine if you are an ideal candidate for SMILE laser eye surgery.

Why does Goel Vision 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 Goel Vision 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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Suite 101,
Columbia, MD 21045

Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

Phone: 410-709-7326

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Message From Our Office Regarding COVID-19
Dear Patients:

You are on our minds during this recent outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID 19), and we felt it is necessary to keep you informed of the procedures and actions we are taking to ensure your health and safety.

Our practice is considered a low risk environment, however, we take the well-being of our patients and staff as our highest priority and it is always best to take sensible precautions during a time like this. Please note the following in regard to all patient appointments:

If you have any history of travel (or have come in contact with persons who have traveled) to countries where there has been a confirmed epidemic (China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Japan, and the US State of Washington), please call our office to reschedule your appointment. We have implemented a “No Hand Shaking” policy at our practice during the outbreak to help limit casual contact and ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff. Please know that we appreciate you and are always happy to see you! If you are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath, fever above 100.4), we respectfully request that you reschedule your appointment at our practice until you are free from any symptoms for a period of at least 48 hours. We have asked our staff to do the same. In addition to our already extensive level of cleaning and sterilization, we have supplemented these efforts with additional cleaning and sanitization of hard surfaces.

This is indeed a trying time in public health, but we also want you to know that we have some of the most stringent sanitization and infection control standards in any business, making our practice a safe place to visit. Should you have any questions about this issue, please do not hesitate to contact us.

For up to date information on the virus, we would like to refer you to the government website for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov

Kindest Regards,

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