It’s estimated that over 45 million people living in the United States wear contact lenses. And while contact lenses are an absolute necessity for many, improper use can increase the chance of injury or infection. Contact wearers should practice safe habits. Here’s how…
Sleeping in contact lenses increases the chance of development of keratitis; keratitis can be either infectious or non. And for those who’ve never heard the term keratitis, know that it’s an inflammation in the cornea (The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped window located at the front of the eye; it covers the iris and pupil).
It’s also known as a corneal ulcer. Symptoms of keratitis are varied, although common symptoms include: eye pain and eye redness, excessive tears and discharge, blurred vision, decreased vision, light sensitivity, phantom eye debris. Contact lenses are a terrific alternative to eye glasses, but remember that it’s also important to remember to practice safe and hygienic habits.
October is also Halloween Safety month. So, if you do choose to dress up this Halloween, remember to keep your eyes safe from potential harm. Don’t use makeup in and around the eyes. Never use costume-related contact lenses.
Consider the safety of the objects with which you choose to accessorize your costume; swords and other similar costume props can do serious damage to the eyes in the event of an accident. Masks can obscure vision, and could be the culprit for a potential eye-related accident. Remember quality lightning, such as a flashlight or headlamp, including glow sticks and other light-up-device accessories, if you do choose to go outside at night.
Enjoy your Halloween, and stay safe. And for all your vision needs, remember to keep up regular eye visits with your eye doctor at Vision Optical. If it’s time to schedule your next exam, then call today.