Contact lens infection is one of the common issues experienced by those who wear contact lenses. In most cases, they are often viral, bacterial or fungal in nature where some infections might be serious than others.
When it comes to contact lens infection, it occurs if an individual routinely uses the lenses overnight, use the same lenses for a longer period than the designated time and poor cleaning or hygienic habits. If the individual experiences eye pain, excessive tearing or discomfort, red eyes or blurred vision, it might indicate an infection that requires immediate treatment.
Steps in dealing with a contact lens infection
- The individual should remove the contact lens at the initial sign of an issue. Place the lens in the regular cleaning solution and do not discard them. Remember that there might be a need to bring the contact lens and solutions used when an ophthalmologist is consulted to check if infection is present and determine the type.
- A magnifying mirror can be used to thoroughly check every eye for the presence of any foreign debris or body. Note down any crust formation or mucous-like material in either eye. Upon seeing a doctor, the individual should describe these symptoms.
- Always wash hands for several minutes using warm water and antibacterial soap. The eyes should be rinsed out using distilled water. You can utilize cotton balls soaked in water to dab on the eyes but make sure that a fresh one is used for every application instead of using the same cotton ball.
- Soak a tea bag in simmering water for about 5 minutes. Allow it to cool down until it is warm. Apply the tea bag over the affected eye for 5 minutes to help relieve the inflammation as well as promote the healing process. A doctor should be consulted for approval before using a tea bag or any other treatment measure aside from distilled water in the eyes.
- It is recommended that the individual will undergo a thorough eye examination. Bring the contact lenses being used along with any solutions. The individual should clearly describe his/her symptoms. The doctor can come up with a diagnosis and start the appropriate treatment which might include anti-fungal medicated drops, antibiotic eye drops, steroidal drops or other forms of treatment.
Proper care must always be observed when contact lenses are used. Poor cleaning and prolonged use of the lenses way past the set date can increase the risk for developing contact lens infection.
If an individual decides to use contact lenses, the doctor should be consulted regarding the proper use and care for the lenses to prevent any issues from occurring in the future.