Contact lenses have come such a long way since those hard lenses of the 1970’s. Contact lens problems were very frequent and many people had to give up wearing them. Today, you have such a variety of styles to choose from. There is a type of contact lens to satisfy almost any lifestyle. And with the abundant variety of styles comes a much-improved product as well. Contact lenses today are so much more comfortable than they ever were in the past. Even today’s “hard” lenses are very comfortable, allow an unbelievable amount of air to reach the cornea, and are relatively easy to adapt to.
There is still the potential for contact lens problems. The most common problem for contact lens wearers is the possibility of contracting an eye infection. Most of the time, the eye infection could have been avoided if the wearer had been more careful when handling their contact lenses. Handling your contacts before you wash your hands is the most common way of contracting an eye infection. For women, using old mascara that may harbor bacteria is another way to get an eye infection. Keeping your contacts as clean as possible will help to avoid this common contact lens problem.
Another problem suffered by contact lens wearers is protein buildup on their lenses. Your tears naturally contain protein that can build up just like plaque on teeth. These protein deposits can be similar to small grains of sand that can scratch your cornea. By following your recommended daily cleaning and disinfecting routine, you should be able to avoid this problem. Do not wear your contact lenses longer than your doctor and the contact manufacturer recommends.
Yet another contact lens problem is a feeling of dry eyes. Some contacts are high moisture contacts that only feel comfortable in wearers who have very moist eyes. If your eyes are naturally dryer than most, you will want to choose a different type of contact lens. You would make sure that your doctor chose one that is made to stay comfortable in drier environments.
Surprisingly, people who drink a lot of milk or who eat a lot of dairy products sometimes suffer with calcium deposits forming on their contact lenses and causing extreme discomfort and scarring on the eye’s surface. Your daily disinfectant may not be able to fully dissolve these deposits. If you consume many servings of calcium-rich foods on a daily basis, make sure you advise your doctor of that. He or she may want to steer you more towards a disposable daily-wear contact as opposed to an extended 30-day wear lens.
Contact lens problems can be the exception rather than the rule if you are diligent in following some sound advice and common sense guidelines.