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.
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
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.
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