Using contact lenses comes with many benefits, such as allowing you to
not depend on wearing glasses. However, wearing contact lenses can also
put you at risk for various eye infections. Even though it is recommended
to have an
ophthalmologist diagnose a condition, it is important to be able to detect signs of an
eye infection on your own.
Symptoms of an Eye Infection
One of the main indications of eye infections is general discomfort in the eye. This can include the
sensation that something is in your eye, itchiness, or dryness. Beyond
general pain and soreness, be sure to look out for any discharge from
your eyes. You might see yellow, green, bloody, or watery fluids. Other
signs that you may have an eye infection when wearing contact lenses include
a sore on your iris, sensitivity to light, or blurred vision.
Common Eye Infections
The most common eye infection related to wearing contact lenses is keratitis,
an infection of the cornea. This can stem from multiple causes, such as
bacteria and fungus. In more serious cases of keratitis, patients’
may need a cornea transplant. Developing good habits and detecting any
signs of an eye infection early on can prevent this from happening.
Habits to Help Prevent Eye Infections
One of the most critical behaviors to keep in mind when wearing contact
lenses is to always wash your hands thoroughly before touching your contacts
or your eyes. Doing this simple task helps to prevent a lot of bacteria
and microbes from getting in your eye that can lead to eye infections.
In addition to this, it is important to not only use fresh contact solution,
but to not wear your contact lenses longer than you should.
If you need to treat an eye infection, it is necessary that you speak with
an experienced eye-care professional. Dr. Mark Hornfeld is an
ophthalmologist in New York City with over 15 years of experience. Our exceptional staff provides a wide
range of services including lens implants and LASIK surgery. To make an
appointment today, please call us at (646) 681-3100.