Post-overslept Red Eyes When Wearing Contact Lenses?
Sorry, 5 days ago I overslept in the condition of using contact lenses. Now my right eye is red, in the outer corner. And because sleeping on your right side seems like the right eye area is slightly squeezed, the area outside the iris is somewhat concave along the 5mm. What should I do? Thank you
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There are many things to consider when choosing to use contact lenses. One of them is that contact lenses must be removed before going to sleep. This is because there are many risks of disease that can occur if contact lenses are used while sleeping, namely:
1. Conjunctivitis or conjunctival inflammation. The conjunctiva is the outer layer of the white part of the eyeball and inner eyelid.
2. Keratitis or corneal inflammation. Cornea is the outer layer of the black part of the eyeball.
3. Ulcers or corneal sores.
4. Acute red eye that occurs due to a buildup of toxins produced by bacteria that infect the eye.
5. Giant papillary conjunctivities or lumps in the conjunctiva of the inner upper eyelid.
You may be currently experiencing one of the above eye diseases. Using contact lenses during sleep causes the corneal lining to become damaged due to not getting oxygen supply. This is because contact lenses become a barrier to the arrival of oxygen to the corneal layer, like someone sleeping with a head covered in plastic. The absence of oxygen causes bacteria to easily develop. Besides that, using contact lenses for a long time alone has become a factor in making it easier for bacteria to develop. Friction of the contact lens with the cornea accompanied by the cornea does not get oxygen supply and bacterial infection is added, making the cornea can get ulcers or sores. This condition can cause blindness if treatment is slow.
Well, you should immediately consult an ophthalmologist so that further tests can be done. Later the doctor will provide treatment according to the disease experienced by your eyes.
In the meantime, you should not use contact lenses until your eye specialist allows it (if the doctor has seen that your eyes have healed). In the future, follow the instructions for using the contact lenses printed on the packaging and what your eye specialist teaches.
Thus hopefully useful.