Most contact lens users experience many problems from contact lens use on a daily basis. These problems can range from mild (irritation, dryness, itching and redness) to more severe (infections, corneal abrasions, conjunctivitis, and corneal ulcers). If one does not take extra care when using contact lenses, these complications can even lead to loss of vision. The advantage of wearing contact lenses is that you don’t have to worry about your glasses anymore, but there is much more risk involved with wearing contact lenses. Studies have shown LASIK in experienced hands is safer than Contact lenses.
Almost all contact lens users complain of dryness, irritation, discomfort, itching, blurry vision, and redness. These symptoms can be caused by different conditions in everyday life. If you have allergies then redness, itching and irritation will increase. If exposed to indoor heating, dryness will occur. The winter months can be a pain, These types of situations are all a part of everyday life and cannot be avoided. Some people wear their contact lenses for much longer than they are supposed to which can cause dryness by the end of the day. Also, many people go to sleep while wearing their contact lenses. This can not only cause discomfort and extreme dryness, but it can also lead to much more serious problems. Contact lenses prevent oxygen from reaching the cornea.
Some problems that arise out of wearing contact lenses are due to ill-fitting contacts. If contacts are too tight, this causes a lack of oxygen in the cornea that will lead to discomfort such as redness, irritation, and dryness. If contacts are too loose, excessive movement of the lens on the eye will also lead to discomfort. Differences in thickness and design of the contact lens can also lead to irritation and discomfort, which will force the lens user to have to switch to a different brand or different type of contact lens, which can become very expensive to do.
Some other very serious and severe problems that wearing contact lenses can lead to are microbial keratitis, eye infections, and fungal keratitis. These are all very serious and can lead to loss of vision. The risk of wearing contact lenses is high because of the fact that a foreign object is being placed on the eye for long periods of time. This can cause a lot of bacteria to come into contact with the eye.
Corneal ulcers are another problem that can be caused by wearing contact lenses. Corneal ulcers are open sores in the cornea which are caused by infection. The lack of oxygen and dryness can cause the cornea to lose its surface protective cells. This allows the dormant bugs to invade and proliferate. They can cause the eye to become red and painful. Tearing and discharge, as well as sensitivity to light and blurry vision may occur as well. Corneal ulcers are very dangerous because they can cause serious damage to the eye. Corneal ulcers due to contact lens use can leave one with a permanent scar which can affect the vision. They can also cause blindness.
Most people who wear contact lenses are not happy to do so. Contact lenses cause a high level of discomfort in everyday life. Having to worry about proper cleaning, storage, and replacement is an added chore that most people can live without. The high risk of neglecting these things is also a concern that can lead to permanent damage. People who value their vision and are looking for a safe way to improve it choose LASIK. Millions of Americans have had LASIK rather than being subject to the dangers of contact lenses. Lasik is even safer than the newer long term wear contact lenses!
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