Find the answers to questions that pique your curiosity in our series, “The Short Answer.” Optometrist Wes Immler, OD, fields this one about changing your contact lenses.
If you wear contact lenses, you know they can make things worse when your eyes are irritated. But could you be allergic to the lens solution or contacts themselves?
Contact lenses come into contact with an extremely sensitive part of your body. If you buy them without a prescription, you risk some scary consequences, from infections to vision loss.
If you’ve ever slept in your contact lenses, worn them past the prescribed replacement schedule, or gone for a dip in the community pool without taking them out, rethink your habits. The time or money you may save is not worth the risk of infection.
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Everyone can get an eye infection, but they can be more severe for people who wear contact lenses. Eye infections are not just uncomfortable annoyances, however. Left untreated, some types of eye infections can damage the eye very quickly.
Even though your daily contact lens routine may seem to be working well, experts say some common practices can be threatening to eye health. “It’s a lack of information,” says ophthalmologist Jeffrey Goshe, MD. “People aren’t being told to do most of the things that are standard for contact lens care.” Dr. Goshe shares these … Read More