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Risks of Infection When Wearing Contacts

Millions of individuals suffer from refractive error, an eye disorder in which light is not reflected properly along the retina due to an irregularly shaped corneal lens. While individuals suffering from myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism can improve their visual capacity through the use of prescription eye wear, there are certain health risks associated with the use of contact lenses. Continue reading for more information about the risks of infection when it comes to wearing contact lenses.

Contact Lens

How Contacts Can Increase the Risk of Infection

Contact lenses themselves carry relatively little risk—but the way we care for and handle our lenses can increase the risk of infection. For example, individuals who utilize extended-wear lenses, those who sleep in their contacts, and those who reuse their contact solution are all at increased risk for certain eye infections. Certain environmental factors and reduced tear exchange under the contact lenses can also lead to an eye infection.

Types of Eye Infections

The three most common eye infections experienced by contact wearers include:

  • Bacterial keratitis: infection of the cornea due to pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria.
  • Fungal keratitis: infection of the cornea caused by fusarium bacteria.
  • Herpes keratitis: viral infection caused by herpes simplex virus type I and Type II.

Symptoms of Infection

The most common signs of contact lens-related infections include blurry vision, eye redness, pain, excessive tearing or discharge, increased light sensitivity. It is crucial to set up an appointment with your New York City ophthalmologist at the first sign of infection, as many of these viruses can lead to blindness if left untreated.

Don’t let contact lenses increase your risk of health complications. Learn more about your LASIK surgery vision correction options by contacting Dr. Mark Hornfeld today at (212) 580-8881. We also offer multifocal lens implants, glaucoma treatments, and Vista laser vision technology. Call our New York City office or visit us online to get started.