Contact lenses remain a popular choice for people in need of vision correction. Even so, not all wearers are aware of how important it is to properly care for these devices. Bad habits when it comes to using contacts can lead to eye infections.
Today, Eye & Vision Care, your local provider of contacts, frames and eye care services, takes a closer look at common contact lens-related infections and ways to prevent them.
What Causes Contact Lens-Related Infections?
People who disregard their eye doctors’ instructions on proper wearing and caring for contact lenses are more susceptible to eye infections. Notable bad habits include wearing contacts while sleeping, not keeping the contacts and their cases clean, and reusing or topping off an old contact lens cleaning solution. Bacteria and other microbes may build up under the lens, resulting in irritation and even corneal scars.
What Are the Symptoms?
Prolonged wearing of contact lenses can harm the eyes. You may experience symptoms such as excessive tearing, sensitivity to light, redness of the eyes and blurry vision. It may also feel like a foreign object is stuck in the eye. See an eye doctor right away—other forms of contact lens-related eye infections can lead to serious vision loss. As you undergo treatment, you may be prescribed eyeglasses—with your choice of frames—so you can still see clearly.
How Can Contact Lens-Related Infections Be Prevented?
Preventing eye infections starts with practicing proper use and storage of contact lenses. Replace the cases of your contacts at least thrice a year. When rinsing and storing them, make sure to use the recommended solution. Also, never reuse or top off a new solution over the old one inside the case. Follow your doctor’s advice about when to replace your contacts. Just as important, visit your eye doctor to keep your vision clear and healthy.
Turn to Eye & Vision Care for top-notch optometric services like contact lenses and eyeglasses prescriptions, comprehensive eye exams and orthokeratology. Call us today at (703) 722-8688 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve clients in Ashburn, Haymarket, South Riding and Fairfax, VA.