Contact Lens Risks

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Glasses can be cumbersome and interfere with daily activities, and in many cases people simply prefer the way the look without them. Contact lenses are an incredibly convenient way for people with refractive errors in their vision to see without glasses. Safely used by people from all walks of life, contact lenses are not entirely without their risks, though instances of these complications are very rare.

Potential Contact Lens Risks

Some complications that can occur with contact lenses are:

  • Eye or eyelid inflammation
  • Dry eyes
  • Corneal scratches
  • Infections
  • Hazy vision caused by decreased oxygen to the cornea

In most cases, these problems are easily treatable, but to eliminate potentially larger problems, if you experience any of them you should:

  • Remove your contacts
  • Contact your eye doctor
  • Store your contact lenses to bring to your appointment so the cause of the problem can be determined.

You may also wish to take a small break from wearing contact lenses, returning to glasses for a short period to allow your eyes time to rest and recover. With time, nearly all of these issues will resolve themselves, and you should be able to return to wearing contact lenses within a few weeks.

Contact Lens Overwear Syndrome

Not removing contact lenses when sleeping, or failure to replace them on a regular basis can lead to contact lens overwear syndrome, or OWS. Some symptoms that may indicate OWS are:

  • Eye pain
  • Redness
  • Tearing
  • Decreased vision

OWS is more common in patients who use non-gas permeable hard lenses, and if left untreated can become quite painful.

Reducing Risks

To reduce your risk for complications with your contact lenses you should always be sure to:

  • Only handle your lenses with clean, dry hands
  • Clean your lenses thoroughly
  • Remove contacts before swimming or sleeping
  • Never reuse solution
  • Replace your lenses every month, and your case every six months

With proper care, and by carefully following your eye doctor's advice, avoiding complications with contact lenses is easy.

If you are interested in learning more about contact lenses, their benefits, and potential risks, please visit the website of Eyes.com to browse through our extensive information on solutions for your vision.

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If you are interested in learning more about contact lenses, their benefits, and potential risks, please visit the website of Eyes.com to browse through our extensive information on solutions for your vision.

 

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This article was published on 2010/11/30