Millions of people use contact lenses every day. While this form of vision correction isn’t normally considered hazardous, it’s important to understand that wearing contact lenses does carry some risk, including an increased likelihood of eye infection. Here we take a look at the potential dangers of contact lenses, to help you better understand the recommendations for their use, reduce your risk of painful or dangerous side-effects and decide if contact lenses are the right choice for you.
Contact lenses offer more convenience than spectacles, but wearing them for prolonged periods can result in some common side-effects including discomfort, dry eyes and infection. For most contact lens users, the adverse effects won’t get any worse than this. However, it’s important to be aware of the possibility of more severe effects, which can include sight loss in very rare cases.
Used in accordance with safety guidelines, contact lenses are a relatively low-risk option. The dangers of contact lenses are heightened considerably when they are used incorrectly however, or for prolonged periods.
Some common mistakes include:
In order to ensure that you are using your contacts as instructed, always study the guidelines on your particular brand of lenses, and follow the advice of your optician.
Are contact lenses for you, or should you consider an alternative form of vision correction? This is a very personal decision and will depend on your own lifestyle and preferences. If you are concerned about the relative risks and dangers of contact lenses, you may feel more peace of mind by choosing an option that carries lower risk:
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