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Contact Lens: Knowing About Allergies And Ensuring Safety

Nov 22, 2007
Many people worldwide wear contact lenses that have been prescribed and carefully fitted by an eye doctor. But with the emergence of many nonprescription contact lenses in the market, healthcare professionals are getting concerned. There is a wide array of cosmetic lenses in the market, from those types that are tinted with color to striking designs perfect for occasions like Halloween. But then, there have been reports of eye problem incidents like infection, loss of vision, scarring, corneal damage and even to the point of permanent blindness caused by these nonprescription contacts.

Whether it is prescription or nonprescription contact lenses, it can cause allergic reactions, corneal ulcers and abrasions and possible infections if not properly fitted and cared for. This can happen especially when people secure them without the eye doctor's guidance.

The eye doctor (optometrist or ophthalmologist) will examine and evaluate your eyes to prevent eye complications or to prevent the lenses from making worse any existing eye problem that you may have. They will choose lenses that are specific for your eye type and they will instruct you as to the proper care, handling and sterilization of contacts. They will also continue to monitor your eyes to help prevent problems from occurring in the future.

The general public has to be extra careful when it comes to cosmetic lenses that are unregulated and readily available in many novelty shops, beauty salons and online stores. Aside from the fact that you may not know who the manufacturer is, you are not assured if such has been manufactured under sanitary conditions using materials that are safe and approved.

As for people who may have seasonal allergies, wearing contacts can be a discomfort when these allergens begin to act up. You end up having watery, red and itchy eyes.

Contact lens wearers can take on these tips to seek relief from wearing them. Once in a while, you should switch to wearing glasses. You not only give your eyes a break, you reduce your chances of getting an allergy attack as allergens stick to the surface of contacts. Use artificial tears to moisten eyes and to prevent dryness caused by allergens. Regularly clean your contacts with the prescribed solution. When your eyes itch, avoid rubbing them with your hands. See your eye doctor for advice on what eye products you can use that are designed specifically for lens wearers who get allergy attacks.

It is perfectly fine and safe to wear contact lenses as long as you consult an eye doctor and adhere to his guidance.
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