Use Of Contact Lenses On The Corneas Of Eyes That Have Been Injured Due To Contact Lenses?
Afternoon, want to ask. If the cornea has been injured because of using softlense, is it okay to use softlense again? Previously, my eye was injured and it couldn’t be opened because it was very painful and it was caused by the bad softlense, said the examining doctor. Please help and advice
Good evening Audita,
Softlens are indeed one of the solutions for nearsighted people, because they are practical and support their appearance compared to glasses. But in its use, of course there are several things that need to be considered in order to maintain the health of our eyes. Care and rules for using contact lenses that need to be considered include:
- choose the right contact lens. Currently there are various types of contact lenses with varying prices, it is important to pay attention to the material and quality of each of these lenses and the length / duration of time to replace them. Some contact lenses can be used for up to 1 month, 3 months, there are even single-use lenses that are replaced every day. Softlens that are changed every day are certainly more sterile, practical and can guarantee the health of your eyes when used properly.
- Take care of the contact lenses and keep them clean and don't forget to wash your hands before using and removing them.
- Take off the contact lens while going to sleep, don't fall asleep while still using the lens.
- pay attention to the length of time it is used in a day, try to use a contact lens no more than 8 hours every day, so that the cornea can still get enough oxygen, even though some types of contact lenses are made of special materials that allow oxygen to enter the cornea so as not to be deficient oxygen, but it's good to keep limiting the length of contact lens use each day.
- change contact lenses regularly, according to the time period of each lens.
- Wash the lens and contact lens holder regularly, never cleaning with tap water.
- Do not use refurbished or expired lens cleaning fluids.
Even though you have used contact lenses according to the rules, the risks of wearing contact lenses will still exist, such as:
- Conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the outer membrane of the eye. generally characterized by red and watery eyes, can be caused by infection or irritation of contact lenses.
- Keratitis, which is inflammation of the cornea of the eye. Generally, it is caused by using contact lenses for too long, infection, not keeping the lenses clean, etc. Symptoms are indicated by watery, red, sore eyes, glare and sensitivity to light, blurred vision, difficulty opening the eyelids, etc. If left untreated this can lead to blindness.
- Dry eyes, due to reduced tear production, which triggers inflammation and eye irritation. symptoms include gritty feeling in the eyes, difficulty opening the eyes in the morning, blurry vision that improves with blinking.
- Corneal abrasion. Dryness of the eye can cause scratching of the cornea, this causes eye pain and if not treated immediately can become a permanent abnormality.
Therefore, to ensure the current condition of your cornea, it is necessary to undergo consultation and examination by an ophthalmologist first, because previously you have a history of eye complaints due to the use of contact lenses. The doctor will check using a tool such as a magnifying glass that can see the condition of your eye including the lining of your cornea at this time and from there the doctor can provide advice and further decisions you can make. If you feel it is possible to use contact lenses again, then you need to pay attention to several things as above and look for contact lenses with materials that are not harmful to your eye health.