When it comes to vision correction devices, contact lenses remain a top choice for people diagnosed with refractive errors. Designed to improve vision, they are not only easy to wear. They move with the eye upon application to allow for a natural field of view, something that eyeglass frames don’t provide. These, however, must be used properly. Otherwise, they can cause discomfort and, worse, eye infections.
In today’s blog post, the eye care specialists of the Institute for Control of Eye Myopia in Children takes a look at the causes, symptoms and available treatments of infections resulting from the improper use of contact lenses.
Causes of Infection
Disregarding instructions for the eye doctor following an eye exam and prescription of contact lenses is one of the main reasons why the eyes can get infected. These include sleeping while wearing contacts, not keeping the devices or cases clean, and reusing or topping off the solution. Other causes of infection include bacteria, fungi or parasites, as well as other microbes building up under the lens.
Excessive tearing is one symptom of a contact lens-related infection. This happens when you wear the devices longer than the recommended period. Too many tears can make way for the production of eye discharge or pus, which is indicative of a bacterial infection. Also, watch out for redness and itching, blurry vision, swollen eyelids and feeling like there is a foreign object stuck in the eyes.
Exercising proper use and storage of contact lenses are of the utmost importance for individuals wearing these corrective devices. Replacing contact lens cases must be done at least three times a year. Also, don’t wear them for too long; keep them as long as your eye care specialist recommends. Get a new lens prescription soon after.
At the Institute for Control of Eye Myopia in Children, our eye care specialists can readily provide information about treatment options to control myopia. These include orthokeratology, bifocal and multifocal glasses, and other effective methods like vision therapy.
To learn more about myopia, contact a myopia control specialist near you.