Approximately 45 million Americans wear contact lenses. While contacts are one of the safest types of corrective eyewear, failure to handle and care for them properly can lead to infection. Today, Nova Vision Center discusses contact lens-related infections and how to prevent this problem.
What Causes Contact Lens Infections?
Improper use and handling of your contact lenses is usually the reason behind contact lens infections. For example, failing to remove your contacts before going to sleep at night or leaving them in your eyes longer than advised can result in microbes accumulating under your lenses. Reusing lens solutions and not cleaning your lens case regularly can also lead to contact lens infections.
What Happens When You Have a Contact Lens Infection?
When you develop a contact lens infection, your eyes may become red, irritated and painful. You may also notice discharge coming out of your eyes. A burning sensation and an increased sensitivity to light may be present too. At times, you may complain of blurry vision or even vision loss. If you experience any of these symptoms, be sure to visit your eye doctor immediately for a comprehensive eye exam.
How Are Contact Lens Infections Prevented?
Contact lens infections, when left untreated, can lead to serious eye problems. This is why you must be careful when handling your contact lenses. Before touching your lenses, wash your hands and dry them thoroughly.
Remember to use only the lens solution prescribed by your optometrist. You should keep your contact lenses in their proper case whenever you’re not using them. Finally, abide by the replacement schedule for your contact lenses.
To learn more about contact lens infections, call us at (703) 291-0080 or fill out our contact form. We serve Alexandria, Arlington and the surrounding VA areas.