How You Can Minimize the Risks of Contact Lens

contactlens Truth be told, while contact lenses were considered to be the definitive advancement in the world of eye care when they were released decades ago, they were then, and remain now, a potentially harmful medical device. People who were good candidates for wearing contacts flocked to the ophthalmologists and optometrists in droves to get their prescription for these miracle lenses that would enable them to stop wearing glasses. The downside was that some of them soon developed eye irritation, eye infections, and even corneal ulcers from improper use. Doc Brock’s sole concern is for your total eye health and vision. Eye surgery in Orlando may be the perfect way for you to minimize the risks of wearing contact lenses once and for all.

Patients who wear contact lenses almost always admit to “cheating” on their contact lens care protocol. Some admit to sleeping in them, reusing contact lens solution by “topping off” what was utilized the night before, wearing them longer than recommended per day, not replacing the lenses per manufacturer’s suggestion, and not replacing the old with a fresh pair as prescribed. All of those practices can result in serious eye infections and possibly lead to blindness in one or both eyes.

Eyes have several built-in defense mechanisms to help them stay healthy. Tears are the natural antibacterial cleansers of the eyes. Contact lenses tend to dry out the eye which reduces the effectiveness of the tears cleaning action. Patients can develop a condition called “Dry Eye Syndrome” where natural tear production is adversely affected. When eyes are seriously dry, the risk of abrasion and cuts are a cause for concern as they may lead to bacterial infections, fungus, and even parasitic infiltration which can cause permanent damage to the cornea.

You probably don’t ever think about oxygen flow to the surface of the eye, but it is essential in helping the eye combat infection. When wearing contacts the lens, they form a barrier that inhibits oxygen from reaching the cornea. Conjunctivitis (pink eye) and giant papillary conjunctivitis are serious eye infections that can result from lack of oxygen to the eyes.  They are both painful and can lead to permanent eye damage when left untreated.

Corneal reflexes are another way in which the eye protects itself. Repeated wearing of contacts actually reduces the corneal reflex response time to impending danger. In other words, you can’t blink fast enough to keep that finger from poking you in the eye.

To minimize the risk of developing eye infections, corneal abrasions, ulcers, and potentially prevent other injuries to vision, Doc Brock recommends that contact lens wearers:

 

  • Always wash your hands before handling them.
  • Don’t re-use sterilizing solution under any circumstances.
  • Never sleep in contacts.
  • Replace lenses and cases as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Seek treatment if you notice unusual symptoms such as redness, swelling, crusting, or pain.

 

Contact lens wearers can minimize their risk of infections and complications by removing the need-to-wear corrective eyewear. Doc Brock and the team at Magruder Laser Vision will show you the way to sharper, crisper vision without the need for contact lenses or glasses.  Dr. Magruder will thoroughly examine your eyes and review your medical history to determine if you are a viable candidate for eye surgery in Orlando. The team is always on hand and ready to discuss any and all concerns you might have regarding the procedural options available to you. Contact us online, or call us at 407-843-5665, and let Doc Brock and the staff at Magruder Laser Vision help you to clearer vision. We are Magruder Laser Vision — Correcting Eyes. Changing Lives.