Practice Proper Contact Lens Use
Published by Contra Costa Times
Posted on Wed, May 02, 2007
By Dr. Kevin A. Beadles
WHEN MOST of us sit down on a bench and feel something sharp, we immediately get up and check out the problem. Why is this so often not the case when it comes to our eyes and contact lenses?
As an eye specialist, I commonly see this in my office: contacts lens wearers report that their eye has been hurting for days, but they've kept wearing their lenses.
Because of this delay, what began as a mild irritation or scratch of the eye has become an infection causing blurred vision and pain. In more serious cases, a cornea ulcer can develop, which can lead to permanent vision loss.
Corneal ulcers are among the leading reasons for corneal transplants. (The cornea is the thin, transparent, dome-shaped window covering the front of the eye.)
Eye problems caused by contact lenses can be minimized and or even prevented by promptly addressing eye irritation and by the proper cleaning and use of contact lenses.
Proper contact lens use:
This can lead to ongoing weeping, mucus, itching and redness. To avoid this, replace the lenses more frequently, use lens enzyme treatments regularly or switch to daily wear, disposable lenses.
Properly clean your contact lens:
Following these tips, consulting your doctor regarding unresolved eye pain, and following his or her instructions closely, will reduce your risk of permanent eye damage, including blindness.
Beadles is an ophthalmologist at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center and is an associate clinical professor at UC Davis. Healthy Outlook is written by the professional staff of Contra Costa Health Services, the county health department. Send questions to series coordinator Dr. David Pepper at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more health information, go to www.cchealth.org.