Contact lenses are a reliable vision correction option – that is when they are used properly. Contact lens-related eye problems are becoming a major concern because many don’t follow or are unaware of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to handling their contact lenses.
Here’s what your eye care specialist wants you to know:
How Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections Develop
Contact lens-related eye infections can happen when you wear your contact lenses longer than you’re supposed to, and this includes sleeping with them still in your eyes. Not cleaning your contact lenses and their cases regularly and properly may also promote microbes to build up under your lenses, putting you at risk of eye infections. Reusing contact lens solution is another reason behind this problem. If you’re guilty of doing any of these, then you may develop contact lens-related eye infections.
One of the most common problems you may have to deal with is keratitis. This occurs when the cornea, the clear, dome-shaped structure that covers your eyes and where your contact lenses sit, becomes infected. You’re also likely to catch conjunctivitis, also called pink eye. This is an inflammation of the thin tissue covering your eyelids and the white part of your eyes. These two may cause you to have eye pain, redness and discharges. Blurry vision and light sensitivity is also common. Visit your eye care center as soon as you notice any of these symptoms.
What You Can Do to Avoid Contact Lens-Related Eye Infections
The best way to prevent contact lens-related eye infections is to clean your contact lenses properly. This means washing your hands every time you need to touch them. And, when cleaning them, place them in your hand with fresh lens solution, and rub them against your palm to loosen the dirt buildup. Then, rinse and store them in newly dispensed, doctor-prescribed lens solution. You should remember to replace your contact lenses and case as scheduled.
For trusted eye care, turn to Guilford Eye Center. Apart from contact lenses, we also provide comprehensive eye exams and more. Call us today at (336) 387-6777, or complete our form to request an appointment. We serve High Point and nearby communities.