I recently purchased a new 6-pk of Air Optix Aqua to try as I was getting blurriness in the morning (for ~1 hr after waking up) when I would sleep in my Acuvue 2 contact lenses. I thought these Air Optix might be more comfortable. Note, they did eliminate the blurriness in the morning.
However, over the course of ~2 months I have tried every pair (I'm now about to throw away the last pair) and the result is the same. I put the Air Optix lenses in my eyes and within 24 hours I'm getting crusty eyes when I wake up and mucous discharge during waking hours. Discomfort and some red streaking in the sclera also. I take the pair out, and within 24-48 hours my eyes are completely normal again (though the red streaking doesn't seem to go away it does get lighter). I've waited 7-12 days, put a new pair in and yet again within 24 hours I'm getting crusty eyes and mucous discharge during the day, red streaking and discomfort. Take them back out, eyes normal within 24-48 hours again. Same result on this last pair (though this time I only gave a 2 day break as I was confident that it cannot be conjunctivitis and must be allergic).
Is it possible my eyes are just allergic to this material (lotrifilcon B polymer)? The first time it happened I even used an optic antibiotic for 7-10 days as I had thought it was conjunctivitis (though I didn't notice there wasn't really burning or grittiness as is typical). But with the time and treatment, I am sure the new pairs are not conjunctivitis.
Should I bother trying other silicon hydrogel materials like the Acuvue Oasys or Acuvue Vita (senofilcon), Biofinity Energys (comfilcon), or Avaira Viltality (fanfilcon)? Will the result be the same or is it possible that I'm only allergic to lotrifilcon?