Contact Lens Problems

Contact lens problems range from mild irritation and discomfort, to serious and potentially sight-threatening infections.

Lots of people who wear lenses suffer from problems. Lens irritation and discomfort are relatively common, but thankfully easily dealt with. However, there are some more serious contact lens problems that require expert medical attention.

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Symptoms

If your eyes are frequently red, sore or swollen after wearing contact lenses, you probably suffer from contact lens irritation. Lens irritation can also cause dry eyes, blurred vision, and a constant feeling that there is something in your eye.

Causes

Improper care or use of your lenses

Soft lenses are particularly delicate, and should be cared for as recommended by the manufacturer. Failing to clean your lenses properly, letting them dry out, or not washing your hands before putting them in them can all result in lens discomfort and irritation. Allowing make-up, perfume and hair products to come into contact with your lenses can also cause problems. Your contact lenses should never be lent to anyone else, as they can carry bacteria.
 

Wearing contact lenses for too long

There are many different types of contact lens, from the lenses designed to be worn for a few hours, to brands that can safely be worn overnight. Wearing your lenses for longer than recommended can cause irritation and discomfort. Wearing lenses that are worn out or past their use-by date can also cause problems, including infections from bacteria. Always replace your lenses as soon as recommended by the manufacturer or your eye doctor.
 

Eye infections from contact lenses

Eye infections caused by the bacteria on contact lenses can potentially be quite serious. If left untreated, an eye infection could be sight-threatening, so it’s important to see an eye doctor as soon as possible if you think you ay have an eye infection.
 

Preventing and treating contact lens problems

Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do to avoid contact lens irritation and discomfort. Caring for your lenses and using them properly will help to avoid many problems, including infection.

A change A change in the type of lenses you are using, or getting your prescription updated, may also help to relieve lens irritation. You could also consider laser eye surgery as a permanent solution to lens discomfort.

At Eye Institute we offer iLASIK – it’s the most advanced laser eye surgery in the world and with it you could wave goodbye to contact lenses for good.
 

If you are interested in finding out more make an appointment for a free iLASIK assessment today.

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