Contact Lenses (cont.)
Treatment of contact-lens problems ranges from not wearing your contact
lenses for a short time to intensive antibiotic treatment of infections. You may
have to wear your glasses for a variable period of time. After the condition is
cleared, you might have to be refit with new or different lenses.
If only one
eye is affected, you may be advised to discontinue the contact lens in the other
eye, as some infections may spread into the uninvolved eye. If the lens is worn out or torn, it must be replaced. With frequent replacement lens wear, you usually have extra lenses at home and can easily replace the lens yourself.
- If a solution incompatibility is suspected, solutions
and the care regimen are evaluated, and you may be required to change
- If the lens is not fitting well, wear of that lens is
discontinued. It may be necessary to refit you with new lenses of the same or
different material, which may be better tolerated or may provide better
- With infections, antibiotic eyedrops are used. Pills
are rarely used because eyedrops are usually more effective.
- Your eye doctor chooses the eyedrop that is most
effective for the particular infection. Eyedrops may need to be used every
hour. You might have to be seen every day with more serious infections.
- With corneal infections, a culture of the infection
may be taken to help determine the best antibiotic eyedrop.
- On rare occasions, surgical management of the infection may be necessary. Ultimately, if more conservative treatment is not successful, antibiotic injections into the eye or even a corneal transplant may be necessary.
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