Reoccurring Contact Lens Dreams

In high school I got my first pair of contact lenses. That was pretty unusual at the time; people didn’t wear them as much as they do now, and they were incredibly expensive. They also didn’t have disposable lenses; you had to clean them and care for them and hope they lasted for a year or two.

Because of the expense, my parents put the fear of God in me about taking care of my new contact lenses, so far from being the joyous experience it should have been, having lenses nearly gave me ulcers; I was terrified I’d lose them or tear them.

I started having reoccurring dreams about them, and in every dream they would change into something different, and I’d know there was something wrong with them, but I would still try frantically to put them in. I had a dream where they because little white shirt buttons. And one where they became large, blue, round jewels, like the Hope Diamond.

But in the dreams I had most often, they would still be lenses, but large, and cloudy. I worked at the library back then, and I had one dream that I had opened my lens case at work and that they had changed and grown huge; two inches in diameter. I still put them into my eyes, though, and tried to reshelve books, but I couldn’t really see them.

I had one of these dreams last year, when I was having too much trouble with my lenses and switched back to wearing glasses most of the time.

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37 comments on “Reoccurring Contact Lens Dreams
  1. Lil says:

    Hi, I just wanted to say that I have the same recurring nightmare that my contacts have grown into big flimsy disks about the size of my face, and I am frantically trying to shrink them so that they will fit in my eyes again. It’s strange cause I think that I actually stretched them first in my dream, the way you would stretch dough for a pizza pie. I have no idea what they mean and why I have them so frequently. So in searching for meaning, I found your post. Surprised to see I’m not the only one.

  2. TropicGirl14 says:

    How funny! I sometimes have those dreams too where my contact lenses have grown huge, the size of salad plates, and I’m trying to put them in my eye! There has to be some meaning to this- I’m going to keep googling! :)

  3. kedreamer says:

    This is fantastic! I still don’t know what the dreams mean, but its nice to know other people have them too. For me it is always that they are too big for my eye and I am trying to somehow shove them in and every time I think how is this happening again. Sometimes I think this must be a dream cause this can’t happen, but then it feels so real I keep going about it.

  4. Lys says:

    I am so glad to see I am not the only one. I can’t remember any other recuring dreams except this one, where normally just one of my contacts will be too big and I still attempt to put it in, stretching my lid and blinking, hoping it will shrink to fit. Haha-the human mind is an interesting place. If anyone finds a meaning, let me know :)

  5. Liz says:

    WOW! Thank goodness others have these dreams,too. I regularly dream my contact lenses are as big as plates and I can’t fit them into my eye. Last night, I dreamed I had lenses coming out of my eye. Dozens of lenses would fall out of the corner of my eye, as if they were trapped back there all the time.

  6. Lauren says:

    I’m sad no one has found the meaning behind this dream because I definitely have the oversized contact lenses dream. I, like all of you, try to frantically put them in my eye despite their size. I also try shrinking them with contact solution. I wonder what it means??!?!?!

  7. Steph says:

    I don believe that there’s a mystical meaning behind dreams. We dream to process the ideas we’ve encountered that day and to sort through our anxieties and worries. We’re probably collectively sensitive about putting things in our eyes – that’s a very delicate task that requires paying attention.

  8. Justin says:

    Whether there is a mystical meaning or simply a scientific meaning, I think it’s fascinating that we all have this same dream. I tend to agree with Steph in that our minds are processing the idea of putting contact lenses in. I doubt very much that anybody who does not wear contact lenses has this dream. It really is amazing that we all share this dream, though.

  9. Nick says:

    Thank goodness I found all your comments because I too have had this dream many times. In fact, the memory is so real that I wonder if it wasn’t actually a dream and perhaps my lenses had got large and I really did try to stuff them back onto my eyes!

  10. Paula says:

    I have had this same dream for years…sometimes my contacts are the size of dinner plates and I am folding them up to get them into my eyes. I haven’t had the dream for a very long time however…until last night…so I’m really trying to figure out what is going on in my life that I need to see clearly. This time, one contact was the size of an umbrella!

  11. Melinda says:

    I had a dream last night, which is why I did a Google search on contact lenses dreams. Funny because I always have the trying to get the way too big lenses in my eyes except last night I dreamt they were too small – smaller than my pupils. That’s a first. I also get the one where I’m trying to fold the extra large lense so it will fit. Nice to know there are others. A friend of mine studies Freudian Psychology and says that whatever the dream means to YOU is what is true

  12. Meg says:

    Same dream for years! The contacts are always too big and I still try to put them in anyways, thinking they will shrink down to size.

  13. Valentine says:

    I have this dream all the time as well. Probably once a month and I am starting to wonder if it is my subconscience telling me to change my lenses? I thought of this because yesterday my lenses were feeling very dry in the morning and uncomfortable, but I toughed it out through out the day… I changed them this morning because they were uncomfortable again today and… well it was time to put in some new peepers:) Let me know if anyone has this dream when feeling discomfort… just a thought…

  14. Lizzie says:

    Funny – last night I again had this dream which occurs every 6 months or so for years. The last 2 weeks have been extremely stressful and overwhelming. The simplest explanation is that I am trying to fit too many things into my life right now – just like trying to shove a giant lens (sometimes the size of placemat) into my eye!

  15. dreamer says:

    I also have had this dream for years. Usually i find myself putting contact lens solution on the giant contact lens trying to shrink it. Last night, though, I dreamed six contact lenses came out of one eye when i tried to remove one. Perhaps it means there is more going on than a contact lens. Funny, because I am down to my last extended wear pair and just reordered (after the dream), but I think the dream has more to do with what is going on in our lives than whether or not we need new lenses.

  16. Christina says:

    I am so overwhelmed by how many of you are having the same dream!!! I was sure I was going nuts and losing my mind, LOL. I agree with Lizzie who posted on June, 14 about the meaning behind the dream. I too am trying to fit too many things into my life and my mind right now. I work full time, go to school full time, and I am going to be moving 30 miles from where I live in the next week! On top of that there has been alot of drama with personal relationships in the past two months. Sometimes I can fit the lenses in and sometimes I can’t. I guess that’s pretty metaphorical for what I am going through. Sometimes I can fit everything in and sometimes I can’t.

  17. Shue says:

    I’m just happy to know I’m not alone. I’ve had this recurring dream for years. Usually they grow to the size of dinner plates and I’m frantically trying to fit them in. Last night they were made of thick paper and were swollen with water.

    It freaks me out but I’m always happy to see my contact lens back to their normal size when I wake up in the morning :)

  18. Shue says:

    Does anyone relate to this? Not really for me, although the last time I had this dream a couple months ago the contact lens were tainted with blue & yellow paint and those were the colours of the project I was working in at work.

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    Contact Lens

    To see or wear contact lens in your dream suggests that you need to focus on the task at hand. You need to pay closer attention to a situation before acting on it. The dream may also be a metaphor that you need to get in “contact” with someone.

    If you have difficulties putting on your contact lens in your dream, then it indicates that you are having trouble paying attention. 

  19. Sheila says:

    I haven’t worn contact lenses now for 15 years, but I wore them for thirty, and I still have this recurring dream of trying to put enormous contact lenses in my eyes. In the dream I’m very perplexed–how did a lens get so large? how on earth will I get it in? Still, I keep trying. Last night the dream turned into all these little pill shapes of different sizes and colors that turned into contact lenses when I put solution on them. But then, they started turning into other things–a condom and a diaphragm in one case!! Too weird. Things you put in and on, I guess . . .

  20. Jeanni says:

    I’ve had this same dream for years. Last night I had it and decided to search for the meaning. Didn’t think id actually find other people that have the same dream. I get so stressed in the dream because i cant get them in. How weird!!

    • chris says:

      Me too! Been wearing lenses for about 10 years. Used to have the dream about the giant lenses quite frequently. I had it again last night for the first time in a long time and so felt compelled to search google for answers, and it lead me here! It’s so frustrating that such an obvious sign doesn’t throw me into a state of lucid dreaming.

  21. lisa says:

    So happy I am not the only one who has this recurring dream! I dream they are huge too and I don’t know how to get them into my eyes. But I have to say sometimes in my dream I get mad and try to shove them in my eyes anyway lol

  22. Alexis says:

    Ugh I have this recurring dream about contact lenses but it’s always about them burning and having to take them out! Last night I dreamt there was sand in them, while in my eye, and another time I dreamt I had to pull out this really huge string from my eye. I don’t understand!! :/

  23. Eliza says:

    Ive had the recurring dream for months now…first the contacts were very large but when i went to put them in, they shrunk and somehow fit. Then i dreamt it was a blister pack filled w fluid the size of my hand…i dropped it in the sink and it broke!…had teenage anxiety of my parents getting mad…i have disposables now but ive worn contacts since i was 13 in 1985 when we only had one pair for years….the other night the contact was a huge tissue paper colorful Mexican flower…i thought…i cant do this!…but ive done it before so ill try…but it didnt work and i stopped forcing…just wear my glasses! Im not going to hurt myself like that!

  24. Bethany Stroud says:

    Me toooo! Very similar. As long as I can recall.

  25. Bella Picasso says:

    The one clear aspect to MY dream of trying to put my very large contact in my eye is that I’m looking in a mirror in order to do it! I believe this means you have to look (take notice) of the work ahead if you.

  26. Lisa says:

    I have had the same dream for years now, every 4-6 months or so. The last time I dreamt that the lens was about the size of a quarter and edges were curled inwards. I managed to get one in but it was uncomfortable. Usually I dream they start out about the size of my palm and sometimes as big as an umbrella. Its curious that so many of us have such a similar dream, as odd as it is.

  27. Sarah says:

    I do not wear contacts but I had this dream last night! I wanted color contacts (I believe green). I originally have brown eyes. My boyfriend whom I’m having up and downs with provided the contacts. They were so thick, cloudy, and stretchy. I was having difficulty putting them on while facing the mirror. I placed one but there was no color change. I didn’t like it so as I was trying to take it out I basically pulled my eye out about a centimeter. It hurt, I was really scared but somehow I didn’t mind the way my new “eye” looked. I think it’s because I originally have deep set in eyes and sometimes I feel a little insecure of having “smaller” deeper eyes than people with big eyes. Anyways it was really weird just like most dreams. The only meaning I can find is that “I need to see things clearly before acting out.” I’ve never had this dream before and would like to know the root of it.

  28. Danielle deeter says:

    I too have had this recurrent dream that my contact lenses are quite large. I sometimes fold them to fit my eyes, sometimes they are large and square and I can fit one or two corners into my eye but struggle getting the rest into my eye. I am amazed at the number of others who have this dream. Why would we dream this, and why would so many other people have this same dream??? Strange and very interesting!

  29. Wendy says:

    Wow…. I have been having this dream for as long as I can remember! Has to be at least ten years if not longer. My contacts are sometimes as large as a pizza and I’m desperately trying to get them in my eyes. Every time that I wake up from this dream I am so physically anxious because it feels so real. I’m sure it’s stress related and having something to do with seeing a difficult situation with more clarity. I just wish that someone could tell us really what it means! So glad that I’m not alone !!!!

  30. Brie says:

    I’ve been having these dreams too. Usually I can get them in my eyes but I make note of how huge thy are and how confused I am that they actually fit in my eyes. Sometimes they’re in different shapes and patterns. Like one time they were the same plasticky material but shaped like lacy pink and yellow flowers.

  31. Njbrkb says:

    Ok so I’m not crazy…that’s a relief! Have had the big contact dream for years. Sometimes I fold them, some times I just have multiple pairs in the same case and can’t tell them apart. In other dreams everything goes all black and even though my contacts are in and eyes open, I can’t see.

  32. maria says:

    oh my god, I just googled this because I’ve been having this dream a lot. I can’t believe others do too. They always bigger than my eyes and I tried to shove them in.

  33. Alison says:

    This is so crazy I have been having this same kind of dream for yeArs . I had it 2,nights in a row and my husband said I should look it up. In my dreams they are always ways to big and thru are always white and cloudy like you all said I’m always on trying to figure out how to out then in my eye lol. And I am always trying to figure out how they got so big, sometimes I realize I am just dreaming but still its crazy. Its crazy how many people have the same kind of dream though.

  34. Patty says:

    Contact Lenses

    To dream of contact lenses represents a wish to avoid being noticed caring or focusing on something too much. Keeping your obsessions or concerns private. Hiding from others how interested you are in something. Your ability to look like an expert or professional.

    To dream of losing a contact lense may reflect feelings about losing your ability to look good being an expert or professional. A lost ability to easily appear knowledgeable. Feelings about yourself having to look like you care too much to others or don’t know what you are talking about others effortlessly.

  35. Patty says:

    Contact Lens
    To see or wear contact lens in your dream suggests that you need to focus on the task at hand. You need to pay closer attention to a situation before acting on it. The dream may also be a metaphor that you need to get in “contact” with someone.

    If you have difficulties putting on your contact lens in your dream, then it indicates that you are having trouble paying attention

  36. John says:

    Wow I can’t believe others have this dream. I have worn contact lens’ for around 10 years now and these dreams have only recently started to occur.

    Last night was the second time I had such a dream. I dreamt only one contact was enlarged to about 2″ where as the other was fine. I was struggling to get it in and failed many times becoming frustrated.

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