The use of contact lenses has increased significantly with more people abandoning the framed eye glasses for what looks modern and attractive. In the same vein however, there has been a trend that has emerged which has worried many including the optical specialists. Out of personal preference or otherwise, people have started sharing contact lenses. While this may seem cool and fashionable, there are some dangers that are associated with it. Teenagers especially, have found that colored and costume contact lenses are more of accessories than medical devices that require a very high level of hygiene.
The emergence of contact lens sharing has resulted in increased reported cases of eye infections and complications. Graduating from mild infections, some of these cases have escalated into allergic reactions, eye abrasions and other severe optical infections.
Below is a look at some of these infections and the dangers they can pose to those affected.
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Naturally, contact lenses have to fit properly onto the wearer’s eye if they are to be effective. When being fitted, a very high degree of care is normally taken to avoid cases of ill-fitting and other resulting complications. When sharing of lenses start, the bearer must remove them and then with the help of a specialist fit them onto the borrower’s eye. It is in the case of this fitting that complications occur.
Bearing in mind the delicate nature of the process, it becomes easy to cause abrasions when fitting the lens to the borrower’s eyes. These abrasions normally result from ill-fitting lenses. Prior to the development of abrasions, some other symptoms usually develop. Some of these symptoms are blurred visions, redness and irritation while wearing the lenses. The easy way out of this is to stop wearing the lenses and seeking medical advice from an optician immediately.
The body reacts to virtually everything that is foreign and strange. However, most of these reactions are usually mild and go unnoticed. Exchanging or sharing of contact lenses has been proved through research that it can easily cause allergic reactions. The reactions normally stem from specific things such as the contact lenses cleaning solution, the material that is used to make the lenses and the cleaning products used.
These allergic reactions can result into other body process complications which may be largely uncalled for. When fitting lenses, optical practitioners first test the lenses to see if they are fitting you well, then the body is tested to asses any reactions it might have to the lenses solution and possibilities of any reaction that may result with the lenses usage. Once all these have been ascertained, the doctor then goes forward to fit in the lenses. Sharing therefore bypasses most of these procedures hence exposing the eyes and the entire body to allergic reactions.
There are so many processes that go on in the eyes. Tears are one of the ways through which the eyes clean themselves. The types of liquids that come out through the eye are many and some of them could be carrying infectious illnesses. When swapping lenses, some of these infections could be easily transferred. This is primarily because when swapping of lenses normally happens, the individuals concerned do not adhere to the cleaning regimens that must be applied to the lenses. This leads to a transfer of bacteria and other microbes from one wearer to another. This poor hygiene and transmission of infections has the potential of escalating into dangerous eye infections which if not well treated early enough can ultimately lead to loss of vision and blindness.
Due to the fact that parties that swap contact lenses rarely visit eye care practitioners, there has been a reported persistence and escalation of eye related problems.
The fun and fame that has surrounded the idea of swapping lenses has been worrying. Teenagers especially have been the most affected due to their desire to change their looks for upcoming parties and events by exchanging costume contact lenses. The best recommendation on how to go about the changing of lenses can be sourced from an optical practitioner who may give you a non-corrective prescription in addition to information on how to clean and take care of the contact lenses.
Jackson is an optical practitioner. He has handled several cases of contact lens swapping where the parties concerned had become infected. He writes informative articles for medical journals and online blogs on these matters. He draws most of his information from reputable companies such as perfect vision – optometrist Sydney CBD.