Contact Lenses: Common Problems & Solutions

All over the world, more and more people are wearing contact lenses as a means of treating eye defects or for cosmetic use. They are generally safe to use as long as they are used correctly, however from time-to-time, one may encounter a few problems while using contact lenses.

The problems that arise are usually discomfort and infections. Wearer-related problems can often arise due to: wearing of the lenses inside out; improper wear schedule or not replacing lens when due; sleeping in lenses not designed for use to such extended time; mishandling of contact lenses; improper cleaning and disinfection of the lenses.

To avoid these problems, you should consider the following tips:

  • Ensure your contact lens looks like half of a ball, not a soup bowl with a rim.
  • Make sure the period for the lenses to be worn is maintained. If you are unsure of the lens wear duration, be sure to contact your Optometrist to clarify.
  • Do not sleep with contacts that are meant for daily wear.
  • Handle your contact lenses with clean, dry hands. Wash and dry your hands thoroughly before touching your lenses.
  • Make sure you always change the solution. Clean, rinse and disinfect your contact lenses with fresh solution. Do not top up the solution in the case.

Other problems could be caused by the contact lenses itself. The lenses might be too tight or too thick. The edge design can also make them uncomfortable to wear. Old lenses may have scratches or may be developing deposits.

An existing eye disorder can also be the cause of problems for the new contact lenses user. Such conditions as dry eye, eye allergy, blepharitis, conjunctivitis, eyelid problems, iritis etc. are the main culprits here. Pregnancy and hormonal changes can sometimes bring up challenges for women using contact lenses.

For problems caused by the contact lenses itself, your best bet is to meet with your Optometrist, who will recommend a change of lenses. You also need to see your Optometrist if you suspect the infection, redness or discomfort is caused by an already existing eye problem.

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