Contact lenses are a great alternative to glasses — however, they do require proper cleaning and care, and come with their fair share of risks. These risks can also increase when contacts are overworn.
There are many symptoms that you may begin to experience if you wear your contact lenses for too many hours or don’t replace them often, including:
- Red, watery or burning sensation in your eyes
- Seeing rainbows and halos around lights which indicates swelling of your cornea
- Irritation from lack of oxygen reaching your cornea
Contact Lens Overuse Can Lead to Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis & Corneal Ulcers
Overwearing your contact lenses can not only cause you discomfort, but it can also contribute to Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC) or even corneal ulcers. GPC occurs when your eye has an ocular allergy. This allergy commonly occurs when protein deposits form on the contact lenses, which cause big bumps to form under the upper eyelids. The best solution for this eye allergy is to discontinue contact lens wear and see an optometrist.
One of the most serious conditions that can result with contact lens overuse is a corneal ulcer, or an open sore on the cornea. This can cause your eye to become watery, red or very painful when looking at bright lights. Corneal ulcers can be treated with prescription eye drops, but, if left untreated, they can lead to blindness. You can prevent corneal ulcers by avoiding sleeping in your contacts, washing your hands before putting contacts in your eyes, and never washing your contacts with anything other than contact lens solution.
Reach Out to Raleigh Eye Center for More on Contact Lens Overuse
Overwearing your contact lenses can be dangerous. If you are looking for more information on how to protect your eyes while wearing contact lenses, please don’t hesitate to contact Raleigh Eye Center today.