Contact lenses have been worn by millions of people over the last 5 decades with most wearers being very happy with their use. However a small number of people have had difficulty with wearing them and in some cases have had serious eye problems. Most of the complications associated with contact lens wear can be attributed to poor lens hygiene. Many people who routinely wear contact lenses very often do not follow their optometrist’s advice when it comes to cleaning regimes or do not attend for scheduled aftercare appointments.
Here is a list of some of the disadvantages associated with wearing contact lenses.
- Lens hygiene regimes can be difficult to follow and a nuisance. You will also need reasonably good eye-hand coordination for insertion, and removal of the contact lenses
- Bigger risk of infections, scratches, and injuries to the cornea.
- It can be easy to lose or damage contact lenses.
- Possible allergic reactions to contact lens cleaning solutions
- Corneal irritation
- Protein deposits can build up on the contact lenses
- After going through the preliminary discomfort and high costs of contact lenses, some patients will continue to find wear sore or otherwise irritating
- Wearing contact lenses can cost more than £300 per year, including the price of cleaning solutions. People who need more frequent lens replacement due to changing eye prescriptions regularly may a much higher sum. The price of contact lenses depends on the type of lens and your eye prescription
- Some working environments will require using safety eyeglasses if you are wearing contacts
- Possibility of damage to the outer layer of the eye cornea by contact lens.
- Eyelid complications, infection
- Increased dry eye symptoms
- Foreign body sensation
If you might be finding contact lens wear irritating or are tired of following the aftercare and cleaning regimes, it might be time to consider laser eye surgery to correct your vision.
You can find out more about laser eye treatment procedures here and other forms of vision correction surgery such as implantable contact lens’ and lens replacement treatment available at Advanced Vision Care.
by CT Pillai