Wearing contact lenses can cause a range of problems
From mild discomfort and blurred vision, to dry eye, allergic reactions, scratches on the cornea, and corneal infection. Some of these problems can be prevented by having a regular review with your optician. If you are experiencing problems with contact lenses and feel unable to continue wearing them, laser vision correction surgery or lens replacement surgery may be an option.
What are the causes of contact lens related problems?
Wearing your lenses for too long
Different types of contact lenses have different instructions on the length of wear, and it is important to follow these instructions. It is advisable to keep your wear time to a minimum and use glasses where possible.
Improper use of your contact lenses
It’s important to wash your hands thoroughly before placing or removing your contact lenses. Daily disposables do not require storage and are therefore relatively safer. Longer wear lenses will need to be stored correctly in clean lens holders and fresh lens solutions. You should avoid sleeping, showering and swimming with the lenses in.
If your lenses are not cleaned or stored properly, you risk getting bacteria into your eyes which could cause potentially serious infections that can lead to loss of vision.
Can contact lens related problems be prevented?
Yes, as long as you follow the instructions and keep your lenses clean and store them properly.
If you are experiencing problems with contact lenses and feel unable to continue wearing them, laser eye surgery or lens replacement surgery may be an option.