When used properly, contact lenses are very safe. However, they still carry a risk of complications, most of which are minor or easily resolved, but some can permanently damage your eyes. Irritation, dry eyes, and infections are the most common problems that people experience with their contacts. Learning to properly wear and care for them will go a long way toward minimizing contact lens risks and preventing complications.
Some Problems That May be Caused by Contact Lenses
- Scratches or abrasions on the cornea
- Inflammation of the eye or eyelid
- Allergic reaction to contact lens solutions
- Swelling and hazy vision caused by lack of oxygen to the cornea
- Change in the shape of your cornea
- Dry eyes
- Irritation and discomfort
If you are experiencing irritation with your contacts, talk to your eye doctor. Take your lenses out and do not try to wear them again until you have seen your ophthalmologist and had the lenses examined.
A few people simply cannot wear contacts comfortably, but in many cases a change in the type of lens can solve the problem. You may need to change the type of contact solution you use, or there may be a problem with the lens itself, such as a defect or protein deposit.
To avoid infections and other complications, always follow your eye doctor’s instructions for wearing your contacts, such as taking them out while you sleep. Above all, cleanliness is key.
If you are tired of wearing contact lenses or believe it is time for a change, please contact a qualified eye doctor in your area today to learn more about your vision correction options.