Can I wear contact lenses if I have glaucoma?
If you have glaucoma, you may be wondering if it’s possible to wear contact lenses. The short answer is yes, but there are some things you should know before you start wearing contacts.
What is glaucoma?
First, let’s talk about what glaucoma is. Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that can cause damage to the optic nerve. This damage can lead to vision loss and even blindness if not treated. One of the main causes of glaucoma is increased pressure in the eye.
What are contact lenses?
Contact lenses are thin, clear lenses that are worn on the surface of the eye to correct vision problems. They are a great alternative to glasses for those who don’t want to wear them.
Can people with glaucoma wear contact lenses?
Yes, people with glaucoma can wear contact lenses. However, it’s important to talk to your eye doctor first. Your eye doctor will need to make sure that your glaucoma is under control and that wearing contact lenses won’t increase your risk of developing further damage.
Tips for wearing contact lenses with glaucoma
If your eye doctor gives you the green light to wear contact lenses, here are some tips to keep in mind:
1. Always follow your eye doctor’s instructions for wearing and caring for your contact lenses.
2. Be aware of the signs of problems with your contact lenses, such as redness or irritation, and contact your eye doctor immediately if you notice any problems.
3. Avoid sleeping in your contact lenses, as this can increase your risk of developing an eye infection.
4. Schedule regular eye exams with your eye doctor to monitor your glaucoma and make sure your contact lenses are still a safe option for you.
In conclusion, if you have glaucoma, you can still wear contact lenses. Just be sure to talk to your eye doctor first and follow their instructions for wearing and caring for your lenses. With the right precautions, you can enjoy clear vision without putting your eye health at risk.