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Can Contact Lenses Damage Your Eyes?

12th December, 2014  

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Considering the fact that many people invest in contact lenses before they undergo laser eye surgery, this week Laser Surgery Eyes asks; can contact lenses damage your eyes?

 

Bringing 20/20 Vision to People Across the World

 

As technology has advanced and laser eye surgery grown in popularity, more people than ever have invested in life changing laser eye surgery to return to 20/20 vision.

Yet there are many people who still choose to avoid the surgery, and they do so for one reason. They simply don’t have the money to pay for it.

 

Supply and Demand

 

Back in the day, you practically had to mortgage your soul to pay for procedures such as LASIK. However like any consumer market, as demand for the life changing surgery went up, so did supply.

Following the golden rule of business, as supply went up, the cost of laser eye surgery went down. These days, not only can you pay for laser eye surgery for less than a grand per eye (at Optical Express for example, standard laser eye surgery costs £595 per eye), you can go on a payment plan to lighten the burden.

 

Are Contact Lenses Safe?

 

Many people choose to invest in contact lenses whilst they are saving up the cash to pay for life changing laser eye surgery. Yet is this the right direction to go? Are they safe?

Yes, we can’t say clearer than that, yes they are. Do you think any optician worth their salt would let you put a contact lens in your eye if it was going to cause any damage? Do you think the industry would have even created them if that was the case?

 

Restricting Oxygen to the Eye

 

That’s not to say that a contact lens never causes any damage. Essentially, contact lenses provide you with clearer vision because they fit over the entire surface of your cornea.

Herein lies the problem. Because they cover the entire cornea, they restrict the amount of oxygen that’s able to reach the eye. Without oxygen, the cornea will warp. This decreases it’s transparency, which consequently lessens it’s ability to detect pain, and can also lead to the development of scars.

That’s why it’s vital that if you’re a contact lens wearer, you follow the recommendations of your optician. If they’ve told you to only wear your contact lenses for 8 hours a day, that’s because their medical knowledge and experience has informed them that this is all your eyes can handle. Follow their suggestions, and you can make sure enough oxygen reaches your eye to ensure it remains healthy.

 

Putting Bacteria in Your Eye

 

This isn’t the only way a contact lens can damage your eye. If you fail to clean one effectively, and you fail to do so for an extended period of time, you can cause a significant degree of harm to your eye.

If you don’t clean your contact lenses every night, and your case as often as your optician has recommended it, you allow bacteria and other infection causing agents to build up on the surface of your lenses.

As with any other part of the body, if you allow certain types of bacteria to reach your eye, it can inflict harm in any number of ways. It can lead to the development of conditions such as conjunctivitis, otherwise known as the dreaded ‘pink eye.’ Yet as the Brien Holden Vision Institute estimates that eye infections only occur in roughly 4 out of every 10,000 daily contact lens users, you arne’t likely to face this kind of problem any time soon.

 

How to Clean Your Contact Lenses

 

Yet you could face it. That’s you need know how to put in contact lenses, as well as how to clean them. Here for a few tips that you need to know to ensure that you know how to clean your contact lenses…

– Always wash your hands to decrease the risk of spreading the bacteria they have collected throughout the day into your eye.

 

– After you’ve removed the contact lens, place it squarely in the middle of your palm.

 

– Pour contact lens solution into the lens.

 

– Rub the solution into the lens to clean it.

 

– Flip the lens over and repeat.

 

– Pour contact lens solution into your case, making sure you only pour up to the recommended mark.

 

– Place the contact lens in carefully and close

 

– Only use the contact lens solution your optician recommends.

 

Follow Your Optician’s Recommendations

 

Speaking of optician recommendations, if you want to make sure your contact lenses don’t do any damage, you need to make sure you follow them when it comes to your contact lens replacement schedule.

You can be the most rigorous cleaner of contact lenses in existence, the deposits that build up on them naturally as they age – especially on the front and back surfaces of the lens – are still going to accumulate. Cleaning them is only going to delay the process. The longer you leave replacing your lenses, the more chance you give the deposits of building up, which can cause an infection that damages your eye.

 

Follow Best Use Practises

 

In other words yes, a contact lens can damage your eye. However, it can only damage your eye if you let it. If you wear them too long, fail to clean them or wait too long to replace them, then they could damage your eye.

If you’re thinking of investing in contact lenses whilst saving up to pay for life-changing laser eye surgery, follow best use practises and you should be able to wear contact lenses whilst ensuring that your eyes remain healthy.

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