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2 Major Risks To Avoid With Contact Lenses

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Whether you're a new contact lens user or you've been wearing them for years, did you know you may be at risk of developing a serious eye condition? Improper wear or care of contact lenses can cause a serious infection that may result in lasting eye damage and even vision loss. Before handling your contact lenses, take steps to protect yourself from severe eye conditions like these:

Acanthamoeba Eye Infection

Acanthamoeba is a common environmental microbe that may cause a painful eye infection after exposure. The infective form of acanthamoeba, known as trophozoite, can adhere to the surface of your lenses or your lens case and infect your eyes upon wearing the contaminated lenses. There are a number of ways to avoid this nasty infection, including:

  • Do not clean or store contact lenses with non-sterile homemade solutions or tap water.
  • Always use a commercially made, sterile saline solution that is designed for your type of lenses.
  • Avoid using saliva to wet your lenses.
  • Do not swim while wearing contacts.
  • Never share or swap contact lenses with someone else.
  • Wash hands before handling lenses.
  • Replace contacts and lens cases as recommended by your optometrist.
  • Never wear contact lenses available without a prescription. 

If you experience symptoms like severe pain or a whitish-colored halo around the periphery of your eye, contact your eye doctor. This type of infection can last for weeks, or even months.

Corneal Neovascularization

Corneal neovascularization is a serious condition that occurs due to a lack of oxygen to the eye and can eventually lead to vision loss. Sleeping in your contact lenses is one of the major risk factors for developing this condition, so it's critical to always remove your lenses before bed. In extreme cases of corneal neovascularization, your optometrist may need to discontinue your contact lens prescription, leaving you with only one option: eyeglasses.

Although this condition is less common than it used to be, mainly due to the availability of silicone hydrogel lenses that allow higher levels of oxygen to reach your eyes, it does still exist. In a case of corneal neovascularization, your corneas respond to the lack of oxygen by allowing new, abnormal blood vessels to grow in your eyes. However, the symptoms of this condition are quite subtle (e.g. hazy vision and mild discomfort) so you may not even notice them until the damage has been done.

These two eye conditions can be prevented through proper use and disinfection of your lenses. If you have concerns about wearing contact lenses, be sure to discuss them with an eye doctor, such as Peters Richard OD.

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