Coloured contact lenses are quite popular among the millennial population across the world. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to know the potential eye issues it might cause with the growing fame of contact lenses. They are used for many conditions, such as refractive issues like astigmatism, near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and, pediatric aphakia that is a condition where an infant is born without a lens. Stiff gas-permeable (RGP), hard, and soft, lenses are the three main types of contact lenses.
Extreme and incorrect use of contact lenses can impact the conjunctiva (the area of the eye that joins the eyeball to the eyelids) causing chemically toxic conjunctivitis. It can lead to blurred vision and burning pain in the ocular surface of the cornea. It can attract an amoeba called Acanthamoeba castellanii, usually found in water and air.
There are some easy measures to prevent such complications. One should follow instructions recommended by your optometrist while purchasing contact lenses. Store the contact lens in a cool and dry place. Clean hands properly while touching contact lenses to clean germs often found under nails. Clean your contact lenses only with the suggested solution. One should take off the makeup after taking out contact lenses. It is important to correctly close the cover of the contact lens to avert any contamination. Cleaning the case regularly is a must.
Experts say do not reuse the same solution dispensed in your case. Use fresh solution while storing contact lenses each time. Do not keep them in the same solution for more than a month. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends not to use tap water as an alternative for contact lens solutions. It can shoot up the risk of catching Acanthamoeba causing chronic pain and sensitivity to light.
Experts advise one should not wear contact lenses while swimming, it can cause bacterial infections. One should not sleep with contact lenses particularly if one is using daily disposable lenses. It prevents infections and eye irritation.