How to Decrease the Risk of Contact Lens Complications8:50 PM
For millions of contact lens wearers, it is easy to forget the little piece of hydrogel you pop into your eyes every morning is really a technologically sophisticated medical device that puts you at risk for bacterial and other pathogenic infections every single day. Contact lens technology has improved leaps and bounds since they first became main stream in the 1970s, but there are still a large number of complications from contact lens wear that arise every year. The newest soft contact lenses on the market are made from a highly oxygen permeable material called silicone hydrogel. When these lenses were first introduced, doctors had hoped that the higher oxygen levels would greatly reduce the rate of infections. While there has been improvement, complications like corneal ulcers and infiltrates continue to exist. Here's a look at what we can do to reduce the risks of contact lens wear.
|Corneal Ulcer via review of ophthalmology|
|Large Corneal Scar following an ulcer. Vision will never|
return to normal with a large scar like this.
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