Contact lenses are a convenient alternative to glasses, but they require additional care. Improper use of contact lenses could result in infection or eye damage including scarred cornea, poor vision and even a corneal transplant.
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that one in five contact lens-related infections in the U.S. causes vision damage, when reviewing contact lens-related eye infections between the years of 2005-2015. Over ten percent of the contact lens-related eye infections had to be treated at a hospital or an urgent care center. Even minor cases of eye infection can be troublesome, requiring daily doctor visits or hourly administration of eye drops.
Many eye issues can be solved by using contact lenses exactly as directed. The CDC claims that eye infection and injury could be avoided in large part if patients:
- replace contact lenses at correct intervals
- wear their contacts only for the recommended number of hours each day
- remove contact lenses before sleep
- purchase contact lenses only from reliable sellers that are FDA approved
- only use contact solution to clean and store lenses
According to YourSightMatters Medical Director Dr. Jeff Taylor, removing your contacts before going to sleep is the most important thing you can do to protect your vision. If you are one of the 41 million Americans who wears contact lenses, make it a priority to have your eyes examined each year to for evaluation of your vision and eye health. With the growing popularity of online contact lens retailers, you may be lured by their discounted contact lens selection. However, these stores are not regulated and are incapable of physically determining your exact prescription. This could mean that you may receive the wrong strength or wrong size. Ill-fitted contacts could lead to serious eye problems and even permanent vision loss (Source: Parent Herald).
A comprehensive eye exam by a licensed eye care professional will help ensure that your vision is clear and healthy for years to come. If you need a recommendation for a qualified eye care center near your home, click here.