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Is it true that wearing contacts can harm your vision?

Contact lenses come in a variety of styles, including hard, soft, everyday wear, and extended wear, all of which are deemed safe. However, significant issues may arise on rare occasions. Because contact lenses are worn by about 45 million individuals in the United States, a danger affecting even a tiny fraction of users might result in thousands of people being affected.

The most prevalent contact lens-related issues and conditions include:

Irritation or pain in the eyes.

Swelling around the eyes.

Hazy vision or light sensitivity.

Conjunctivitis ("pink eye").

Infectious keratitis (damage to the smooth, transparent front region of the eye) corneal ulcers (inflammation of the cornea due to an infection).

Although minor irritation may go away on its own in a day or two, if you have severe or persistent symptoms, you should stop wearing your contacts and consult an eye doctor. This usually necessitates a consultation with an ophthalmologist.

Sleeping with contacts is dangerous.

The cornea is the eye's clear outer layer. It protects the eye and aids in focusing light on the retina, allowing you to see clearly. While contacts rarely injure the cornea, sleeping in contacts that aren't designed for lengthy wear can increase the risk of corneal infection or ulcer. 

Treatment

Antibiotics are used for the treatment of these issues. 

A corneal transplant may be required.

Caring for contact lens

Unless you're wearing extended-wear contacts that are specifically approved for overnight wear, you shouldn't sleep in them. Even so, it's best to let them out before going to bed.

Consult your eye doctor about which solutions to use and stick to them. Keep them in a cool location.

Before touching your contact lenses, thoroughly wash your hands.

Do not spit on your contacts or put them in your mouth (yes, there are people who do that, especially with hard contacts).

Hand creams and cosmetics should not come into touch with your lenses. Before putting makeup on, put your contacts in and take them out before removing your makeup.

Between uses, keep your lens case clean and dry, and replace it at least every few months.

Don't rely on your contacts too much. Change your lenses as suggested by your eye doctor, whether it's daily, weekly, or monthly.

At least once a year, have your eyes examined.

Remove your lenses as soon as you notice any concerns, such as redness or soreness in your eye, or a change in your vision, and contact your eye doctor.

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