The Use Of Contact Lenses In Someone Who Is Allergic To Antibiotics?
I have a drug allergy: penicillin, chlorampenicol, sulfa. I am also allergic to food sometimes. can I use contact lenses?
The existing contact lenses are generally made of silicon hydrogel with different water content. Softlens are semipermeable, so that oxygen from outside can still penetrate to the cornea (the outer layer of the eyeball).
In people with a history of allergy / atopic, the incidence of allergies to contact lenses increases 5 times compared to normal people. Based on research, about 40-60% of people who have allergy talent who use contact lenses have allergy complaints in the eyes. In allergy sufferers who take antihistamine drugs, these drugs have the effect of reducing the discharge of the tear film, which will cause dry eye conditions.
Selection of the best contact lenses for patients with a history of allergies are daily lenses (which were only used 1 day and then discarded). The maximum use of this type of contact lens is about 14 hours, then it must be removed while sleeping. This type of contact lens further minimizes the possibility of a buildup of deposits in the form of protein, debris / dirt that can cause allergic reactions. The contact lenses also do not need to be cleaned using a contact lens cleaner which usually uses antiseptics and other ingredients that can also cause allergic reactions.
If you want to use contact lenses, pay attention to the signs of an allergy to contact lenses as follows:
Burning in the eye
Eyes turn red
Continuous tear out
If this happens while using the contact lens, remove it immediately and stop using it. If it is true that an allergic reaction due to contact lenses, the complaints above will gradually disappear. If symptoms persist and are accompanied by decreased vision, you should immediately consult the nearest ophthalmologist.
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