Contact lenses are consistently at the forefront of new and exciting developments in the world of eye care. Contact lenses continue to become more effective, comfortable, and convenient for patients, and many people choose them as their primary means of visual correction over spectacles. For patients who want a healthy alternative that allows freedom from glasses, soft contact lenses are an excellent option. However, they do not come without risks.
Contact lenses are designed for optimal ocular health and convenience, but it may still be tempting to over-wear them; this can lead to serious consequences. Contact lens over-wear can predispose the eye to infections, inflammatory reactions, or general red eyes.
An inflammatory response can also be a result of contact lens over-wear, or debris building up on the lenses. When contact lenses cause inflammation, the eyes will typically be itchy and red with mucous discharge. While this consequence of poor lid hygiene is not as painful or scary as microbial keratitis, it is still an uncomfortable condition that oftentimes requires you to stop wearing your lenses until the irritation has subsided.
Microbial keratitis, more commonly known as corneal ulcers, can arise when poor contact lens hygiene compromises the corneal surface. This creates the ideal environment for bacteria to invade and can result in a painful infection. To treat corneal ulcers, frequent administration of an antibiotic drop is required, along with discontinued lens use and close monitoring from an eye doctor.
Contacts are Generally Safe!
These risks of wearing contact lenses seem scary, but they should not discourage you from trying contact lenses. Proper lens hygiene is essential in preventing these conditions; this includes regular replacement of lenses, ensuring your contact lens case is bacteria-free, and only using approved solution for the cleaning and storage of your lenses. Daily disposable contact lenses are another great option which provide great comfort while lowering the risk of ocular problems when worn correctly.
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