Contact Lenses – Symptoms of Corneal Ulcers

Wearing contact lenses puts you at risk for many serious medical conditions, including corneal ulcers and eye infections. These conditions can become very serious very fast and in some cases, they may even lead to blindness. However, you cannot determine the severity of an issue that develops while you are wearing contact lenses without doing a proper eye examination. It is always best to seek immediate professional consultation if you suspect that something is wrong with your contact lens because such examinations help you identify the problem and suggest remedial measures.

 

Eye infections

are common in patients using contact lenses that have not been cleaned properly or that have not been properly disposed of. Such infections cause redness, irritation, and itching around the eye region and at times can even lead to severe pain. To avoid infections from developing in your eyes, it is recommended that you wear clean lenses each day and that you learn how to properly dispose of these lenses safely. Once you understand how to properly clean and store your lenses and how to properly dispose of them, you will see that there is no point in worrying about developing infections in your eyes. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.

 

Eye infections can also occur due

to improper or worn-out contact lenses. Several common complications develop in people who regularly wear contact lenses. These complications include corneal thickening, which results in the formation of thickening around the cornea, cataracts, and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), which can lead to a coma and death. Since PML often leads to severe eye damage, it is best to wear protective gear like eyeglass cases and eye drops when you wear contact lenses. If you do not wear eyeglasses, you should ask your optometrist about the appropriate dosage of eye drops to be given to you when you wear contact lenses or if you need to buy your own eye drops.

 

Another common complication of contact lenses

is redness and irritation around the eyes. This usually occurs at the beginning of the month and can intensify as the month goes on. The main cause behind this redness and discomfort is due to moisture that builds up in the eyes when you are wearing the lenses for an extended period. There are different ways that you can avoid this problem such as not staying under the sun for a long period of time, using anti-plaque and anti-scratch eye drops before wearing contact lenses, and also not wearing them when your hands are dirty. You should also be careful to wipe your hands before touching the lenses so that you do not transfer dirt onto the lenses.

 

Another common eye irritation

that you may experience when wearing contact lenses is corneal ulceration. This is a symptom of an infection and is caused by tiny bacteria that get trapped in the small crescent of the cornea. Corneal ulceration is also commonly known as “pimple” and is very uncomfortable. One way to prevent this symptom from occurring is to take medication for your sinus problems. It is also suggested that you practice good hygiene, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water daily and refrain from touching the lens case while it is still inside the case.

 

If you notice any of these symptoms

then you should contact your eye care professional for proper diagnosis. You must let your eye care professional know what exactly is causing the corneal ulcerations because if you are using contact lenses and you are unaware, you can expect it to return within a few weeks. It is also suggested that you refrain from wearing your contact lenses overnight as the infection can travel through the tears and end up in the eye. If you notice any of these symptoms for the first time, you should contact your eye care professional right away to ensure that the problem does not progress into an infection.

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