October is “Contact Lens Safety Month,” so don’t let your contact lenses become one of the scary parts of the Halloween reverie. Here are 7 frightful facts about contact lenses and how you can lower all the spookiest risks.
This is a painful infection of the cornea, the clear covering of the front of your eye, and can lead to scarring and even blindness if not treated promptly. The bacteria that cause eye ulcers can come from your own skin, your hands or your contact lens solution. This is why it’s so important to clean and store your contact lenses properly.
Even disposable contact lenses can harbor bacteria that can cause an eye infection. This can happen if:
This is rare, but it can happen. It’s important to keep your cornea healthy because it helps you see clearly. If your cornea becomes scarred, it can cause blurry vision or even blindness.
Lens allergies or contact lens intolerance (CLI) can cause symptoms like redness, itching, and burning. If you think you might be allergic to contact lenses, see your eye doctor immediately. They can help you find a type of contact lens you’re not allergic to or offer alternatives, like LASIK, to get you out of contacts entirely.
Dry eye syndrome can lead to discomfort and blurry vision. Contact lenses can block the tear film that keeps your eyes moist. If your eyes are dry, you may need to use artificial tears or lubricating eye drops.
It happens and it’s painful. If a contact lens gets stuck, don’t try to remove it yourself. See your eye doctor right away.
Handle your contacts carefully with clean hands to avoid damage and contamination. If you lose or damage a contact lens, see your eye doctor for a new one. Never put a damaged contact lens in your eye.
By following these tips, you can help to keep your eyes healthy and reduce the risk of complications from contact lens use.
Missouri Eye Institute has helped thousands of patients attain freedom from glasses and contact lenses. Contact us at (800) 383-3831 to schedule a thorough eye exam or visit MissouriEye.com to learn more about our services.
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