Refractive problems are pretty common among children and adults. These problems lead to nearsightedness and farsightedness that can be treated using corrective glasses or contact lenses. Contact lenses have become a more popular option as many people prefer them over glasses for cosmetic reasons. However, there are also some problems associated with contact lenses that may cause discomfort to the user. These contact lens problems primarily arise from the incorrect use of the contacts.
What are Contact Lenses?
Contact lenses, or contacts as they are commonly known, are thin, clear plastic films that are supposed to be worn in your eye to improve vision. The contact lenses float on the tear film that covers the cornea of your eye. Contacts are especially useful in correcting refractive errors like myopia or nearsightedness, hyperopia or farsightedness, astigmatism or distorted vision, and presbyopia, which refers to near vision changes with age.
There are different contact lens types: hard contact lenses, soft contact lenses, presbyopia contact lenses, hybrid contact lenses, and bandage lenses. The type of contact lenses that your ophthalmologist will suggest to you depends on the condition you are facing. People with astigmatism, allergies or those who tend to get protein deposits on the contacts are advised to use hard contact lenses or RGP lenses.
Soft contact lenses are most preferred by people for daily use as they are more comfortable and are available in various options like daily wear lenses, extended wear lenses, toric contacts, coloured contacts, and many more.
Common Contact lenses Problems
Although contact lenses seem like a more convenient option to many, wearing the wrong contacts or not using them with proper care may lead to contact lens discomfort, leading to further contact lens risks if ignored for a long time. Knowing these problems will help you make the right choice that will be the most suitable for your visual health. Let’s discuss the common issues faced with contact lenses:
- Discomfort after prolonged use- this problem is especially faced by new contact lens users, wherein there may be irritation and discomfort to the eyes after wearing the contacts for a prolonged period of time.
- Dry eyes- this is one of the most common problems faced by almost all contact lens users and is characterised by symptoms like redness in the eyes, soreness, increased sensitivity to light, and foreign body sensation in the eyes.
- Eye allergies- this is another common contact lens discomfort that many contact lens users face. This often leads to chronic irritation of the eyes.
- Infections- infections are mostly caused by improper or unhygienic use of the contacts. Infections may lead to irritation, pain, and discomfort in the eyes.
- Eye makeup- using eye makeup can cause added irritation and discomfort to the eyes.
What should you do about Contact Lens Discomfort?
Contact lens discomfort can be a common problem among contact lens users. However, with proper care, you can avoid this discomfort. Ophthalmologists often advise new contact lens users to avoid using contact lenses throughout the day and only use them for a few hours to prevent irritation and discomfort. You should also practice proper hygiene while wearing and removing the contacts to avoid infections. If your contact lenses don’t come with UV protection, it will be much better to use protective glasses while stepping out in the sun.
The discomfort that comes with contact lenses can be inconvenient, but if you take proper advice from your doctor and take good care while using them, you can avoid this discomfort.
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Article: What Are Contact Lenses?
Author: CFS Editorial Team | Apr 04 2022 | UPDATED 02:00 IST
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