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Updated 06/11/2012 09:48 AM
Your Health: Contact confessions
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Contact lens related complications range from self-limiting to sight threatening, which require rapid diagnosis and treatment to prevent vision loss.
Dr. Sheri McGurk
With millions of individuals wearing contact lenses, even a small percentage of complications can constitute a major public health problem. Contact lens complications are as varied as they are common, involving the lids, conjunctiva, and all layers of the cornea (ie, epithelium, stroma, endothelium).
Wearing contact lenses puts you at risk of several serious conditions including eye infections and corneal ulcers. These conditions can develop very quickly and can be very serious. In rare cases, these conditions can cause blindness.
You cannot determine the seriousness of a problem that develops when you are wearing contact lenses. You have to get help from an eye care professional to determine your problem.
Some symptoms of eye irritation include:
• excess tearing or other discharge
• unusual sensitivity to light
• itching, burning, or gritty feelings
• unusual redness
• blurred vision
Important contact lens care tips:
• Follow recommended wearing schedule.
• Do not substitute sterile saline solutions for multi-purpose solutions.
• Rub and rinse your contact lenses as directed by your eye care professional.
• Do not "top-off" the solutions in your case.
• Always discard all of the leftover contact lens solution after each use.
• Never reuse any lens solution.
• Clean, rinse and air-dry your lens case each time lenses are removed.
• Do not expose your contact lenses to any water: tap, bottled, distilled, lake or ocean water.
• Contact your eye care professional if you experience any symptoms of eye irritation/infection.
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