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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Contact Lens Users Need to Know Risks

The eyes are the windows to the soul that exudes charm. Therefore, some people are reluctant to hide behind sunglasses. Contact lenses be an alternative option to improve visibility while complementing the eye. But, you know the risks that lurk contact lens wearers?

Contact lens users are potentially infected with bacteria, fungi, or other microbes. However, that does not mean you have to be enemies with contact lenses. Contact lenses is one of the safest medical devices when used responsibly.

Here are some things to consider before wearing contact lenses.
1. You should consult your eye doctor first. Choose the type of contact lens that best suits your needs, your comfort and the direction of a physician. Generally, there are two types of contact lenses, among others :
  • Soft Contact Lenses. As the name suggests, this type of lens is soft and pliable so convenient to use. However, soft lens more fragile and need to be cleaned more often than hard lenses because they are made from silicone hydrogel material, which is kind of soft plastic that is able to absorb a lot of water.
  • Hard Contact Lenses. Contrary to the soft lens, a hard lens having a more rigid and hard, but it provides better eyesight. In addition, this lens has pores that allow oxygen to reach the cornea. This can reduce the problems caused when the cornea is not getting enough oxygen. These contact lenses are usually not sold freely in the market, but in a special clinic ophthalmologist or eye. The price is relatively more expensive.
2. Take care of your contact lenses by keeping it clean, either currently using or storing. Note the use of the lens. In addition, keep your hands clean by washing hands before and after contact lens installing ..
3. If you want to dress up, you should wear contact lenses in advance ..
4. Remove contact lenses before bed and before swimming to reduce the risk of irritation and infection.
5. Avoid smoking because smokers are more at risk of eye infection when using contact lenses.
6. Do not share contact lenses with others.
7. Replace your contact lenses as recommended by your doctor on a regular basis or rules of use of your contact lens brand.
8. Wash and clean your contact lenses regularly with appropriate cleaning fluid.
9. Do not reuse cleaning fluid that has been used before or contaminated.
10. Clean the storage of contact lenses on a regular basis with a brush and contact lens fluid.
Do not clean contact lenses with saliva or tap water.

If you experience symptoms of irritation or infection of the eye, perform the following steps:
Remove contact lenses eye immediately. Keep the contact lens in the right place and clean.
Consult an eye doctor to get a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

What are the Risks of Using Contact Lenses?

If not cared for with good contact lens hygiene, the wearer will be more at risk of infection and other disorders of the eye. Here are some cases and things that need to be considered contact lens users :
A. Keratitis
Keratitis is an inflammation of the cornea of ​​the eye. The causes of minor injuries resulting from the use of contact lenses for too long, bacterial infections, viruses, fungi or parasites due to contact lens cleaning process that is not true. Using contact lenses continuously, when swimming or using water to clean contact lenses may increase the risk of keratitis. Keratitis symptoms such as red eyes, stinging, difficulty opening the eyelids, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and it feels like there is something in the eye. If not treated immediately, keratitis can lead to permanent vision problems or even blindness.

B. Dry Eye Syndrome
Using contact lenses for too long, or are in the room with cooling, and ignore the instructions for use of contact lenses can trigger dry eye syndrome. Dry eye syndrome is a common condition when the eyes do not produce enough tears, or the tears become too dry. This triggers the inflammation and irritation of the eyes. At that stage is not serious, you can give eye drops. But on a serious stage, you may need medical treatment. This syndrome can infect both eyes and has the following symptoms:
  • Red eye.
  • Eyes feel dry, sandy, or pain that worsens throughout the day.
  • Blurred vision are generally
  • Difficult to open the eyes upon awakening.
C. Corneal Abrasion
Dirty contact lenses can cause corneal scratches or abrasions. This causes severe pain and discomfort. If not promptly treated can cause permanent loss of vision.

D. Conjunctivitis
This condition is characterized by the outermost layer of the eye becomes red. Konjungitivitis or 'red eye' can be caused by a bacterial infection or irritation from contact lenses. In addition to red, watery eyes as well be.

If you are not fit to use contact lenses, you should not push yourself. Wear sunglasses that fit the needs of your eyes, and your comfort. In addition, always keep your eye health by eating healthy foods, such as carrots, and enough rest.


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