Could Your Contacts Blind You?
Contact lenses provide a unseen way to correct vision, but could it possibly make the problem worse?
According to the CDC and FDA, contacts may in fact cause blindness if not worn and maintained properly. Cleanliness of contacts and contact lenses cases should be maintained in order to reduce the chance of infections that can cause blindness. Leaving contacts in your eyes too long is not recommended. Contacts should be taken out and cleaned on a daily basis to remove any bacteria. Please contact your optometrist or a medical professional immediately if you are experiencing any irritation, redness, or inflammation from using contacts. Please see the table below provided by the FDA regarding contact maintenance.
Serious Hazards of Contact Lenses
Symptoms of eye irritation can indicate a more serious condition. Some of the possible serious hazards of wearing contact lenses are corneal ulcers, eye infections, and even blindness.
Corneal ulcers are open sores in the outer layer of the cornea. They are usually caused by infections.
To reduce your chances of infection, you should:
- Rub and rinse your contact lenses as directed by your eye care professional.
- Clean and disinfect your lenses properly according to the labeling instructions.
- Do not “top-off” the solutions in your case. Always discard all of the left over contact lens solution after each use. Never reuse any lens solution.
- Do not expose your contact lenses to any water; such as tap, bottled, distilled, lake or ocean water.
5. Never use non-sterile water (distilled water, tap water or any homemade saline solution). Tap and distilled water have been associated with Acanthamoeba keratitis, a corneal infection that is resistant to treatment or a cure.
- Remove your contact lenses before swimming. There is a risk of eye infection from bacteria in swimming pool water, hot tubs, lakes and the ocean
- Replace your contact lens storage case every 3 months or as directed by your eye care professional.
Your eyesight is irreversible, any damage can affect your eyes. Be aware and take care of your eyes!