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How to Fix Contact Lens Problems

by Mallory Murphy June 29, 2013

Contact lens problems usually rise up when the user neglects certain sanitary points, inflicting irritation and other problems to the exposed eye. Problems can also rise up with mishandling the lenses and maintaining them wrongly. There are a lot of variations of how to’s and tips on how to avoid such issues. And if issues do rise up despite precautions, there are also helpful tips on how to treat such problems.

Contact lens problems are one of the major reasons why people tend to avoid using them in the first place, opting for corrective glasses in return. Contact lenses are basically synthetically produced lenses that correct eye refraction issue and other vision issues like near and farsightedness. There are different brands in the market right now that sells these lenses for different purposes, either for medical, therapeutic or even for cosmetic purposes. And most problems only occur because of misuse.

The most common type of contact lens problems is the Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC). It commonly occurs when you’re allergic to the protein deposits, lens material or even the solution you clean the lens with. It results to several minutes of swelling on the inner surface of your eyelids. Even though the issue is neither sight-impairing nor threatening, sticky discharges, constant itchiness and reduced vision can make wearing very uncomfortable and unbearable. One of the best ways to deal with this is to stop using the lens up until the swelling and symptoms subside. Visiting your eye doctor is also advised for you to receive additional treatment and advice when to start using the contact lens again.

Dry eyes are one of the common contact lens problems, although not really great a deal. But mistreatment or even neglect to fix the problems can cause additional major issues in the future. Common symptoms are tearing or burning sensation on the eyes, dryness or a hot, sandy feeling, feeling like there is something in the eye and redness. Avoiding dry, smoky, dusty and even drafty areas can help you avoid such issue. Also, looking for a different type of contact lens might also help keep the eyes moisturized.

Cornea problems are also one of the most common contact lens problems. Hazy vision and even swelling that occurs when the corneas have less exposure to oxygen are just some of the usual symptoms. Corneal abrasion caused by debris or other airborne particles get caught under the lenses, and scratching the corneal surface can also cause problems if left untreated or examined.

Corneal ulcer also posts risk on the cornea, mostly common with soft contact lens users. This happens when bacteria create infection for the area breakdown in the corneal layer. Over usage of disposable lenses could also result to this. Most corneal problems can be treated at home with eye washing, drops or others. But if the problem is left untreated, the cornea might be damaged further, making the matter worse and thus needing surgical or medical treatment.

Contact lens problems will always be there. No matter how careful you are, you will still have that moment when you forget something and slip, especially if you’re a first time user. Minor issues like dry eyes or even fitting problems are easy to deal with and require less treatment. Big problems always come from small issues that left untreated and ignored. Proper hygiene and usage are the key things you need to develop to avoid minor issues. And before even deciding to use contact lenses, always bear in mind that there are risks involved. So research about the quality of the contact lens is a practical thing to do.






Mallory Murphy
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