Wearing Your Contacts Too Long
Many people rely on contact lenses for convenience and comfort to help them see clearly. Contact lenses come in many different forms so they can mold to each person’s needs. While contacts can be worn for different periods of time, there are some dangers in wearing your contacts for too long. At Wally Kojima, O.D. and Associates in Kailua-Kona, HI, our optometry team can help you if you have left your contact lenses in for too long. We will also guide you on how to use them properly.
The Dangers of Contact Lenses
Leaving your contact lenses in your eyes too long prevents oxygen from flowing to the eyes. The cornea must get a healthy supply of oxygen, and the contact lenses prevent the supply of air to the eyes. In addition, wearing contacts too long is painful and can result in serious health issues and side effects.
Symptoms of Contact Lens Overuse
The eyes are significantly compromised without proper oxygen flow. Leaving contacts in your eyes for too long can have side effects, such as eye pain, blurred vision, red eyes, watery eyes, ulcers, sensitivity to light, and irritation. It's also possible that you could get a painful eye infection from the lens material breaking down. Visit our optometry specialists immediately if you are suffering from any of these symptoms. We can alleviate your pain and tell you when you can start wearing contacts again.
Using Contact Lenses Properly
Our team will guide you on the proper way to wear contact lenses without leaving them in for too long. Some of our tips include:
- Following the prescribed usage for the contacts
- Using proper hygiene when wearing contacts
- Visiting our optometrist for routine eye exams to ensure your prescription is up to date
- Setting an alarm before bed to ensure that you don't fall asleep with your contacts in your eyes
- Blinking regularly to keep your contact lenses lubricated
Visit Our Optometry Team in Kailua-Kona, HI for Contact Lens Guidance
It is important to understand how to use contact lenses properly. At Wally Kojima, O.D. and Associates in Kailua-Kona, HI, we are here to help you if you left contact lenses in your eyes for too long. We can treat your eyes and teach you proper contact lens usage as well. Our team is happy to answer any questions you have. Call us today to schedule an appointment.