Eye infections have been on the rise and specialists at Moorfields Eye hospital have observed the same among contact lens wearer cautioning them to take precautions with the lenses.Doctors at the hospital had treated around 60 new cases of some infection known as acantamoeba keratitis, around two to three times more cases than in recent years.
Fungi, bacteria and micro-organism could cling on to the contact lenses causing irritation, pain and serious harm. Certain measures of precautions need to be taken by the person using contact lenses. Instructions given by the opticians should be strictly followed to avoid any form of discomfort or pain on wearing the contact lenses and for the safety of the eyes.
At times due to careless attitudes and habits, one could face serious problems on wearing contact lenses which could affect the eyes to a great extent. Unless informed by the optician, one should avoid going to bed, wearing the contact lenses since most of the contact lenses are not designed for this and using the lenses for an extended period of time could aggravate the cornea which is the outer transparent covering of the eye and would be prone to any form of infection
Eye Fights Infection – Various Defense Mechanisms
Wearing of contact lenses could put the person at risk of many serious conditions from self-limiting to sight threatening diseases like eye infection and corneal ulcers and several across the world are at risk in getting infection which could cause permanent blindness due to their negligence.
Our human eye generally fights infections through various defense mechanisms and our tears are anti-bacterial in nature where blinking helps in washing off bacterial organisms or any foreign particles on the surface of the eye. But on wearing contact lenses, the effectiveness of both the functions seems to be restricted.
Water tends to carry and also spread a rare though dangerous infection in the form of acanthameoba keratitis and people wearing contact lenses are especially vulnerable to the infection which attacks the cornea. The water borne bacteria together with the other virus could get attached to the contact lenses while swimming causing the infection which frequently takes place in public pools where often there will be traces of urine and faecal matter present there.
Protect Eye – Avoid Infection
Persons intending to swim with their lenses on could use a pair of tight fitting swimming goggles in order to protect their eyes.It is also essential to disinfect them since this could help in the prevention of harmful organism piling up on the lenses. Some of these precautions could be helpful to protect the eye and avoid the infection -
- In order to disinfect the lenses, it needs to be soaked in solution in the storage case for a recommended period of time.
- Disinfecting solution should never be re-used or top it up. It has to be discarded and replaced with fresh solution each time the lenses are stored in the case.
- Care products only which has been recommended should be used and instructions need to be followed strictly.
- Storage case should be rinsed, left open to dry after use each day and replaced monthly.
- Every week, clean the storage case with a clean toothbrush and contact lens solution
- While handling the contact lenses, ensure that the hands are well cleaned by washing, rinsing and drying the hands thoroughly to stop the spreading of germs.