Contact Lens Infections

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A significant number of people wear contact lenses everyday. Whilst contact lenses are usually safe, there is an associated risk involved with their use.

Poor eye hygiene can lead to infection, which presents itself with the following symptoms:

  • Blurred Vision
  • Eye Pain
  • Bloodshot Eyes
  • Dry or Watery Eyes
  • Itching Eyes
  • Hypersensitivity to light
  • Yellow or Cream-coloured mucus in the Eye

An important factor in avoiding eye-infections is maintaining good hand hygiene, especially before inserting lenses. Sleeping with lenses overnight can also lead to infection, so it is advised to take them out overnight. Regularly replacing lenses is also a good way to avoid infection.

In the event that you experience any of the above symptoms, the following actions should be taken:

  • Immediately remove contact lenses and allow your eyes to recover
  • When you put in new lenses, wash out your lens container thoroughly using the provided cleaning solution
  • Consider using single-use lenses, as they will only come into contact with your fingers once

If any of the symptoms persist, seek medical attention.

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