According to a study, though the teenagers and youngsters prefer using contact lenses, but not caring for it properly can lead to a variety of eye infections, including some that cause blindness. Recently, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the USA, released a data which says that 85 per cent teenagers in the age group of 12 to 17 years do not practice appropriate contact lens hygiene.
Carelessness while using contact lenses, is not only restricted to the USA but all over the world. Dr Sayali Lahane, an Ophthalmologist in Mumbai told My Medical Mantra that even educated youngsters do not take precautions while using contact lenses. “Many users indulge in inappropriate methods of using contact lenses. Lenses are very close to the cornea and there is a risk of corneal infection, if proper hygiene is not practiced. Even after informing, the lens wearers use tap water instead of the solution which is specifically meant for the contact lenses. Sleeping without removing the contacts also messes with the eyes and may have severe consequences such as corneal opacity,” informed Dr Lahane.
There are certain precautions which have to be taken while using the contact lenses. “The reckless use of the contact lenses may cause fungal infection, redness of eyes and corneal ulcers,” informed Dr B.S. Khaire Professor, Ophthalmology department at government medical college, Ambejogai.
According to Dr Shilpa Patil, an Ophthalmologist from Pune, it is important to do a detailed counselling of the patients who are opting out to use contact lenses. “Patients should be educated regarding the correct methods to use the lenses and also about its consequences. They should be guided about how to wear, clean and change it from time to time,” said Dr Patil.
- Don’t sleep with your contacts
- Do not add new solution to the old solution in the case of contact lens
- Do not clean contact lenses with water
- Replace your lenses as often as prescribed by your doctor