Do you wear your contact lenses 12-14+ hours/day? Do you extend the life of your contact lenses, instead of tossing them as recommended? This is what can happen! White spot on the cornea is caused by inflammation. Symptoms include: pain, redness, sensitivity to light, burning, foreign body sensation, grittiness, and watering. Sometimes vision can beContinue reading “Don’t abuse your contact lenses!”
Wash your hands before handling contact lenses. Clean & disinfect contact lenses every day. Rinse and air dry your contact lens case every day. Replace your contact lens case every 3 months. **Bacteria can grow in a dirty lens case, and cause an eye infection. Saline solution can be used to rinse lenses, but isContinue reading “CONTACT LENS WEAR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SAFE AND HEALTHY EYES”
Giant papillary conjunctivitis is a common complication of contact lens wear. This condition requires anti-inflammatory and/or anti-histamine eye drops. Contact lens wear should be temporarily discontinued. Daily disposable contact lenses are recommended. The inner eyelids usually return to normal appearance following the resolution of giant papillary conjunctivitis. However, sometimes, there can be permanent, small, white,Continue reading “When Contacts Cause Bumps in the Eye”
Subepithelial infiltrates (SEI). SEIs generally occur after viral keratitis, but are also found in blepharitis and contact lens-related hypersensitivity. White blood cells from the limbal vasculature are drawn into the avascular cornea. What is Inflammation? Inflammation is the body’s response to protect tissues and organs. It is an efficient response caused by injury, infection, autoimmuneContinue reading “My eye hurts”
Corneal vascularization occurs when contact lenses do not allow your eyes to breathe normally. In order for your eyes to be healthy again, you must decrease contact lens wear time and/or change to a more oxygen permeable contact lens material.
When you have ocular allergies, symptoms can include: itching, tearing, discharge, burning, photophobia, red eye, and decreased vision. Often, contact lens wear can worsen the condition, so a change in contact lens material or to daily disposables, is recommended. Cold compresses, artificial tears, and steroid eye drops are also recommended.
Did you know that sleeping in your contact lenses, over-wearing your contact lens, and not cleaning/disinfecting your contact lenses properly can cause a corneal infiltrate? Bacterial exotoxins are responsible for whitish/gray anterior stromal infiltrates in the cornea. They are usually round, well defined, and small, ranging in size from 0.1mm to 2.0mm. There are oftenContinue reading “When Contact Lenses Cause Problems”
Did you know that a corneal ulcer can cause permanent scarring? At the front of the eye is a clear layer of tissue called the cornea. The cornea allows light to enter the eye. The cornea is bathed in tears, which provide the natural defense against bacteria and viruses. A corneal ulcer is an openContinue reading “When Contact Lenses Cause Scarring”
Do you have itchy eyes and feel like there’s something in your eye? Do your contact lenses move around on your eye? Are your contact lenses uncomfortable? You might have bumps on the inside of your eyelid. These bumps represent inflammation, which can be caused by protein build-up on the contact lenses. If you haveContinue reading “When Contact Lenses Cause Bumps”
Did you know that if you over-wear your contact lenses and develop a bacterial infection, a corneal scar can develop? This can permanently affect your vision.
If you over-wear your contact lenses or don’t properly clean and disinfect them, this is what can happen! An episode of pain and light sensitivity due to inflammation, with the risk of serious bacterial infection. This must be promptly treated and can result in a permanent scar. Changing to DAILY DISPOSABLE contact lenses (thrown awayContinue reading “What Contact Lenses Can Do to Your Eye”
Many enjoy the convenience and vision of contact lens wear. However, contact lenses can cause lack of adequate oxygen to the cornea. Symptoms include light sensitivity, tearing, feeling sand in your eyes, and blurred vision. Contact lens overwear can cause abnormal blood vessels, shown below, onto the cornea, as well as abnormal corneal cells’ sizeContinue reading “Contact Lens Overwear”