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Contact Lenses (cont.)

Contact Lens Pictures

Examination of the eye to look for problems with the cornea, which might be caused by the contact lens. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
Examination of the eye to look for problems with the cornea, which might be caused by the contact lens. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
Tonometry measures the pressure inside the eye. High pressure inside the eye may be a sign of glaucoma. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
Tonometry measures the pressure inside the eye. High pressure inside the eye may be a sign of glaucoma. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
A soft contact lens. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
A soft contact lens. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
Giant papillary conjunctivitis, or bumps under the eyelid, caused by a contact lens. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
Giant papillary conjunctivitis, or bumps under the eyelid, caused by a contact lens. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
Blood vessel condition of the cornea (corneal neovascularization) caused by a poorly fitting contact lens. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
Blood vessel condition of the cornea (corneal neovascularization) caused by a poorly fitting contact lens. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
Irritation (redness) of the eye caused by a poorly fitting soft contact lens. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
Irritation (redness) of the eye caused by a poorly fitting soft contact lens. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
 Irritation from soap or contact lens cleaner in the eye. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
Irritation from soap or contact lens cleaner in the eye. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
Corneal abrasion from over-wearing or a poorly fitting rigid gas permeable contact lens. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
Corneal abrasion from over-wearing or a poorly fitting rigid gas permeable contact lens. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
A corneal foreign body (piece of coal) on the surface of the eye. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
A corneal foreign body (piece of coal) on the surface of the eye. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
 A corneal ulcer (infection) in a contact lens wearer. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
A corneal ulcer (infection) in a contact lens wearer. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
A hole in a soft contact lens. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
Media file 11: A hole in a soft contact lens. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
Chipped edge of a rigid gas permeable contact lens. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
Chipped edge of a rigid gas permeable contact lens. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
Poor surface quality (hazing) of a rigid gas permeable contact lens. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
Poor surface quality (hazing) of a rigid gas permeable contact lens. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
Yellow soft contact lenses (old lenses) in a dirty lens case can expose the wearer to possible infection. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.
Yellow soft contact lenses (old lenses) in a dirty lens case can expose the wearer to possible infection. Courtesy Frank J. Weinstock, MD, FACS.

REFERENCES:

"Complications of contact lenses." UptoDate.com.

"Overview of contact lenses." UptoDate.com.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/1/2016
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