Contact Lens Risks

A skilled and capable ophthalmologist should offer patients a great number of optical services, including contact lens care. Dr. Vic Khemsara understands that many patients view contact lenses as a more convenient vision correction option than glasses, and he offers a wide range of contact lens care services to make sure his Greensboro-area patients get the best out of their contact lenses.

However, while contact lenses can correct your vision without requiring potentially unsightly eyeglasses, there are certain optical risks that come with choosing this option. As a general rule, contact lenses are safe and functional, and you should not be afraid of speaking to Dr. Khemsara about your viability as a candidate for contact lenses. But you should also be aware of the handful of risks that contact lenses pose to patients.

Risks: Eye Irritation

Contact lenses are meant to be worn in a certain way. Dr. Khemsara will speak to you about the exact optical plan for your contact lenses: how often you should wear them, when to take them out and when to wash them, among other issues. Patients who don’t follow this plan are at risk for one of the more common side effects of contact lenses: eye irritation. This often takes the form of:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Itching, burning feeling

More Serious Risks

In rare cases contact lenses can cause more serious optical conditions. Those include:

  • Pink eye
  • Corneal abrasions
  • Corneal ulcers (caused by infection)

If you have any of these symptoms, contact Dr. Khemsara immediately.

If you’re a resident of Greensboro or one of the surrounding areas and you’re considering contact lenses or other optical services, please contact Summit Eye Care today for more information.

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