Contact lenses basically serve the purpose of sparing ourselves from wearing glasses during the day.
However, it is recommended to keep most lenses in the eye for up to 8-10 hours. Let’s face it, many of us tend to ignore this recommendation, we practically live in our contact lenses and don’t care to relieve our eyes. Some people don’t even have glasses to replace their lenses. This is a dangerous attitude, our vision can be temporarily or even permanently damaged by wearing incorrect contact lenses.
“Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for our ophthalmology clinic to treat eye inflammation due to failure to follow proper hygiene rules.”He begins Dr. Attila Nagymihály, Chief Physician of the Buda Ophthalmology Center. – ‘The problem is usually caused by over-wearing, improper cleaning or storage of the lens, or by not using it according to the manufacturer’s instructions, such as sleeping in a lens that does not have adequate oxygen permeability parameters. Irresponsible treatment can lead to severe corneal inflammation and, in fatal cases, blindness. The problem occurs in all ages, but is more common in young people. Many people start using contact lenses by ordering trial lenses online and not seeking professional advice on proper use. ” He points out Dr. Attila Nagymihály.
The dangers of incorrect contact lens use can be summarized in 4 points:
There is a higher risk of developing ophthalmic problems
Wearing contact lenses automatically increases the risk of eye infections. This is partly because we touch our eyes more often than those who do not wear contact lenses. If the lens is damaged, it can damage the cornea, making it easier for bacteria to enter. A corneal infection can even cause permanent vision loss.
Our eyes will be drier
When we wear contact lenses, we actually blink less than we should. Blinking is also important for the physical protection of the eye and also because it helps keep the surface of the eye moist. A more severe degree of dry eye, dry eye syndrome, can also occur with prolonged and improper use of contact lenses. This can be irritating and painful, can cause red, itchy eyes, and can even cause corneal scarring.
It can reduce the supply of oxygen to the cornea
Wearing the contact lens for too long can block the supply of oxygen to the eye. The longer we hold the lens in our eyes, the less oxygen our eyes get. Lack of oxygen also helps in the development of infections.
The upper eyelid may sag
Studies have shown that there is a direct link between regular use of soft and hard contact lenses and sagging of the eyelids (ptosis). Hard lenses pose the most risk.
“In an accelerated everyday life, contact lenses are very comfortable to wear for those who can’t see far away without aids. In response to consumer comfort needs, lens manufacturers have developed several contact lenses that can be left in place even during sleep, but we do not recommend this type of eye strain to anyone on a permanent basis. There are several risks to wearing excessive contact lenses. Nevertheless, many make the mistake of living almost in their contact lenses and having no replacement glasses. Thus, they are forced to insert the lens even if a conjunctivitis develops. However, I would warn anyone against this, because it could cause a serious infection. ” He emphasizes Dr. Attila Nagymihály.
In addition to the dangers, we’ve gathered twice as much good advice with the help of an ophthalmologist:
- Use only intact lenses! All types of lenses that are not discarded are frequently checked at the end of the day. If it is scratched or torn, get rid of it!
- Do not sleep in contact lenses! Permanently, sleeping in “night” lenses is not good for the eyes either.
- Always treat the lens with clean hands! Anyone who wears artificial nails should pay special attention to hygiene because there may be bacteria under their long nails. In their case, even more emphasis should be placed on thorough hand washing (even under the nail), not to mention that long nails can easily damage the lens and eyes.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use the lenses only for the indicated time!
- Put on contact lenses before applying makeup, so no paint can get under it, which can result in a foreign body sensation or even eye inflammation!
- Lenses should only be stored in contact lens fluid, do not wash with tap water!
- Use a preservative-free artificial tear next to the contact lens. The right layer of tears protects and refreshes dry eyes.
- Inflammation of the conjunctiva or other area around the eyes pause the use of contact lenses.
“If you have never used contact lenses before, ask a specialist for an opinion, take part in an ophthalmic contact lens training, wear a trial lens first, and don’t order right away from the internet! Later, when you are already aware of the properties of the lens, there is of course no obstacle to online sourcing, but it is recommended to attend an ophthalmic examination every two years. If you want to get rid of glasses, you may want to consider laser vision surgery as an alternative to contact lenses. ” – sums up the specialist.
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