Wearing contact lenses puts you at risk of several serious conditions, especially when not used as recommended by your optometrist. These conditions can develop quickly and can be very serious, such as eye infections and corneal ulcers. In severe cases, aggravation or infection caused by improper contact lens application can cause blindness. If you experience symptoms such as:
- excess tearing or other discharge,
- unusual sensitivity to light,
- itching, burning, or gritty feelings,
- unusual redness,
- blurred vision,
- swelling and/or pain
you should remove your contact lenses immediately and contact your optometrist.
Corneal ulcers are one example of the complications poor contact lens application can result in. The ulcer is an open sore on the outer layer of the cornea, usually caused by an infection. You can take the following steps to prevent infection while wearing contact lenses:
- Clean your contact lenses as directed by your optometrist
- Never reuse contact lens solution
- Remove contact lenses before swimming
- Replace your contact lens case every 3 months.