Contact Lens related problem

Contact Lens Related Problem

Keratitis is the most common eye infection from wearing contact lenses. When the cornea becomes infected, in some cases, it can scar the cornea, affecting your vision or cause a perforation. Admission for antibiotic treatment may be needed if a corneal ulcer is large. If antibiotic fails, corneal cross-linking may be needed. If the cornea is severely scarred, a corneal transplant may be needed to eliminate damage from the eye infection and have clear vision again.

General appearance of superficial punctate keratitis under slit-lamp examination

What Causes Contact Lens Infections?

There are a number of things that can cause a contact lens-related infection. Some causes of infection may include:

  • using extended-wear lenses
  • sleeping with your contact lenses overnight
  • having microbes and protein build up under the lens
  • herpes virus
  • bacteria, fungi, or parasites
  • not keeping lenses or cases clean, or reusing or topping off contact lens solution

Symptoms of contact lens-related infections include:

  • blurry vision
  • unusual redness of the eye
  • pain in the eye
  • tearing or discharge from the eye
  • being extra sensitive to light
  • feeling like there is something in your eye

Some contact lens-related eye infections can cause serious vision loss or even blindness. If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to see your eye doctor as soon as possible.