A small disc of thin plastic is fitted to your eyeball and, just like that, the world sharpens into focus! Many people choose to wear contact lenses for cosmetic reasons while others choose to wear them for comfort reasons. No matter what the motive, before you choose to wear contact lenses, make sure you are completely aware of the risks that come along with them.
Ophthalmologists are warning that the majority of people that wear contact lenses do not use proper hygiene and that puts them at risk of eye infections, including inflammation of the cornea. While some of the risks are minor, others are quite severe. They could even lead to blindness, as bacteria, fungi and micro-organisms can stick to contact lenses and cause pain, irritation and serious harm.
One of the biggest risks for contact wearers is developing corneal ulcers. Corneal ulcers are open sores on the covering of the eye. Other risks include corneal scratches/scrapes, changes in the cornea’s shape, swelling and infection of the cornea.
Swelling of the eyes
Besides problems with the cornea, other common risks include swelling of the eyes or eyelids, bumps under the eyelids.
Foggy, dry eyes or unclear vision is mainly due to lack of oxygen supply at the cornea.
Other risks include: Allergic reactions to contact solution, deposits on the lenses which can lead to a variety of eye infections, conjunctivitis (also known as pink eye), and general eye irritations.
If you experience any symptoms of eye irritation or infection while wearing contact lenses, experts advise you do the following:
- Remove your lenses immediately and do not put them back in your eyes.
- Contact your eye care professional right way.
- Do not throw away your lenses. Store them in your case and take them to your eye care specialist