Millions of people wear contact lenses every day, and they are a perfectly safe and affordable alternative to wearing corrective eyeglasses. Sometimes infection comes from wearing contact lenses, keratitis (scarring of the cornea) being one of the most common. In this blog, AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care shares the common causes of infections from contact lenses.
Improper Use of Extended Wear Contact Lenses — Extended wear contact lenses are designed to be worn for weeks or longer without being taken off. These products come with very specific instructions on how long they should be worn. Not following these instructions to the letter can lead to infection. If you tend to lose track of time, use a reminder app or make it a habit to take note of when you put your contacts on.
Sleeping While Wearing Contact Lenses — While there are certain types of contact lenses that are designed to be worn while sleeping, it generally isn’t a good idea to sleep while wearing them. If you tend to take naps in places like waiting rooms or while taking long trips, it’s best to take out your contacts before you do. We also recommend carrying a backup pair of eyeglasses in case you won’t have time to put on your contacts.
Microbe Buildup Under the Contact Lens — You need to make sure that your hands are clean before handling contact lenses. If soap and water are not available, use anti-bacterial wipes to remove dirt, food and other particles that may get on the contact lenses. As much as possible, try to avoid applying your contacts in public bathrooms to minimize the risks of microorganisms getting into your glasses.
Not Keeping the Contact Lens Case Clean — In addition to keeping your hands clean, make sure your contact lens case is stored in a clean place. Wipe the outer case dry before putting it in your everyday carry kit. Also, avoid reusing or topping off the contact lens solution.
If you feel symptoms such as unusual redness, pain or discharge from the eye, call AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care at (757) 340-7070 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve clients in Norfolk, VA, and nearby areas. We also offer LASIK and other eye care services.