CONTACT LENS WEAR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SAFE AND HEALTHY EYES

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”

My eye hurts

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”

When your eyes don’t breathe

When the cornea does not get enough oxygen, there is corneal hypoxia.   This is the most common complication of contact lens wear, especially extended-wear lenses. The cornea has no blood supply of its own, so it gets oxygen only from tears and directly from the atmosphere.  Sleeping in or overwearing your contact lenses reduces theContinue reading “When your eyes don’t breathe”

An Angry, Red Eye

Did you know viruses can cause an angry, red eye?    Viral conjunctivitis is a type of pink eye that is highly contagious, because airborne viruses can be spread through sneezing and coughing.   If you’ve had an upper respiratory infection, such as the measles, the flu, or the common cold, you are more susceptible to viralContinue reading “An Angry, Red Eye”

When Contact Lenses Cause Problems

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”

When Contact Lenses Cause Scarring

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”

Contact Lenses Cause a Scar

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.