Contact Lenses (cont.)
Other Causes for Contact Lens Irritation
Irritation may occur as a result of worn-out lenses, over-wear of lenses, poor care of lenses, intolerance to solutions, or infections. Irritation may also occur from poor hygiene on the part of the lens wearer.
- If worn longer than recommended or in people whose
eyes are particularly sensitive, lenses may develop deposits on the surface of
the lenses and cause irritation.
- A major cause of blinding eye infections is spitting on a contact lens or
putting the lens in one's mouth when no solution is available. This happens when
a contact lens wearer must remove a lens or if a lens falls out of the eye and
no solution is available. The best prevention is to have a small bottle of
rewetting solution with you at all times. Never, never put your contact lenses in
your mouth to lubricate them.
- Some people use homemade or non-contact-lens saline solutions in an effort
to save money. These solutions may cause severe irritation or blinding
infections (some saline solutions are not sterile) and should never be used.
Always use the correct contact-lens solution recommended by the fitter. If you
want to change solutions, you should first check with your fitter because some
solutions may be incompatible with certain lenses.
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