If you are new to wearing contacts, it's important to learn how to care for them properly. When you don’t clean and care for your contacts, you could damage the lenses and introduce serious infections to your eye. Here are just a few reasons proper care of your contacts should be a top priority:
Keratisis is the most common infection caused by contact misuse, and it is also the most serious. If left untreated, can cause scarring and vision impairments to the cornea. In especially severe cases, patients require corneal transplants.
Keratisis can be caused by bacterial infection, fungus, and even the herpes virus. The symptoms of keratisis infection include redness, blurry vision, pain, discharge, and increased sensitivity to light. You can significantly reduce your chances of contracting keratisis by cleaning and storing your lenses the way your eyeglass doctor has directed.
Contact wearers are particularly prone to developing conjunctivitis, or pinkeye, and if you don’t clean your contacts properly, you can re-infect yourself over and over again. That is because the infection that causes pinkeye can live on your lenses or in your contact lens cleaning solution. Change your solution regularly to prevent the spread of this disease.
Caring for your contacts properly will allow you to get the most usage out of every pair. Failing to maintain them in the right way can lead to tears and other damage. Never wear torn or warped contacts, as this can damage your eyes.
At Wize Eyes, we will help you get the right contacts and teach you everything you need to know to keep your eyes healthy while you’re wearing them. Call us at (516) 358-0040 for all of your eyeglass and contact needs. We have six locations across Long Island for your convenience.