Side Effects Of Wearing Contact Lenses

By: Niharika Choudhary

Most of you might know about this incident that happened some years back. There was a guy who lost his eyesight while barbecuing some food.

He was wearing contact lenses and was standing very close to the barbeque. A spark from the barbeque flew into one of his eyes and the lens caught fire.

Since this incident, truly speaking, I do not wear lenses every day. I wear them occasionally or only on certain family functions or parties.

Speaking for myself, I am not a very big fan of eye lenses. I have tried some brands that had claimed to be itch-free and non-irritating and non-drying; but I always ended up with a red eye in just a few hours.
So, I made sure to stick to the good old glasses of mine. They are easy to use, look cool, are comfortable and give an instant image makeover when you want one.

Personally, I love my nerd look!

Anyway, obviously in some professions wearing glasses is not approved and there are some people who simply do not want to wear one.

Each one to his own!

So, through this article, I would just want to steer your concern on the safety measures to be taken while wearing contact lenses. Read on to know more about the side effects of wearing contact lenses every day.

Wearing Contact Lenses For A Longer Duration Cuts Off The Oxygen Supply

Wearing contacts for a longer period of time can cut the oxygen supply to the eye, damaging the cornea.

Your eyes start feeling tired and lifeless eventually.

Not cleaning your contact lenses properly and not replacing them on schedule can also result in a severe damage to your eyes.


Bacterial Risks

You need to be very cautious while wearing contact lenses.

Always make sure that you wash your hands while touching the contact lens.

Introduction of any foreign element into the eye can give an opportunity for a bacterial infection to occur in the eye.


Wearing Contacts For Longer Duration Can Cause Corneal Infection

Wearing contact lenses for a longer period of time might put you to risk of corneal infections such as corneal ulcers, swelling, itching, etc.

Regular wearing of the contact lenses for a longer period of time might also change the shape of the cornea.


The Risk Of Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)

Bacterial infection in your eyes for a longer duration can give way to giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC).

Itchy, irritated and red eyes are the symptoms of GPC, which are very difficult to get rid of.


Risk Of Other Eye Infections

Other than corneal infections, you may also feel as if you have something in your eye at all times, this sensation is known as "foreign body sensation".

Dry eye syndrome, eye inflammation and swelling and allergic reactions of the cornea are the other infections that can be caused by wearing contacts for a longer period of time.


Do Not Step Out Without Wearing Sunglasses

When you are out wearing lenses, even the tiniest dust particle is enough to irritate your eyes big time.

These dust particles can result into itching and redness in the eyes.

So, make sure to wear sunglasses when you step out.



Yes, you read it right.

Smoking is another way of increasing the risk of the eye ailments while wearing contact lenses.

Smoking raises the risk of corneal ulcers by up to eight times the normal threshold.


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Story first published: Monday, March 7, 2016, 15:10 [IST]
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