Contact Lens Related Eye Emergencies: What To Do During the Festive Season

The festive season is a time when many people opt for a change in their appearance, often turning to contact lenses to enhance their looks for special occasions. Contact lenses not only transform your eyes but also serve as a vital aid for those with vision needs, allowing for all-day wear without the hassle of glasses. However, amidst all the festivity, it’s crucial to be prepared for potential contact lens-related eye emergencies.

According to Mr. Debapriya Mukhopadhyay, Head of Professional Optometry Services at Aqualens, Lenskart, “Contact lenses are generally safe to use, but some precautions should be taken to ensure eye health. Contact lens-related eye emergencies can range from infections to corneal scratches. Infection can occur due to bacterial or viral microorganisms, while corneal abrasions are often caused by improper handling or fitting of lenses.”

It is important to watch out for potential warning signs. If you have redness, pain, sensitivity to light, excessive tears, blurred vision, or persistent discharge, it could be an emergency. Do not ignore the feeling of discomfort as well as the feeling of something stuck in the eye.

Festival activities, such as night-time celebrations and exposure to smoke and pollutants, may increase the risk of eye emergencies related to contact lenses. Prolonged wear and tear and improper care can worsen emergency risks. During the holiday season, it is important to be vigilant about eye health and contact lens hygiene.

Dr Bhupesh Singh, Senior Ophthalmologist at Bharti Eye Hospitals, shares, “It is seen that people wear contact lenses for a long time during the festive season and ignore hygiene standards. This combination creates a hotbed for potential ocular complications such as corneal infections and abrasions. Experiencing symptoms like redness, sharp pain, or sudden vision disturbances? This is your cue to immediately stop using contacts.”

Talking about the gravest mistakes individuals make, Dr Singh mentions that, “Attempting to self-diagnose or using unspecific over-the-counter drops as a makeshift solution. Conditions like corneal ulcers can escalate swiftly and might lead to irreversible vision loss if not professionally managed. As we revel in celebrations, our eyes should not bear the brunt of our festivities. Prioritize the correct lens care routines and always prioritize professional guidance over temporary fixes.”

Here are some precaution tips for contact lens users:

1. Avoid purchasing cosmetic contact lenses from unreliable sources: A common mistake during the holiday season is using cosmetic contact lenses purchased from unreliable sources. It is essential to only purchase contact lenses from reputable suppliers who adhere to appropriate hygiene and prescription standards.

2. Maintain good hygiene: One should put emphasis on the importance of meticulous contact lens hygiene during festivals. Step-by-step care on how to properly clean, disinfect, and store contact lenses could be life-saving during this time.

3. Prepare an emergency kit: You should have an eye emergency kit ready at festive events. This kit can include essentials like doctor-prescribed lubricating eye drops, a contact lens case, a multi-purpose solution, and a small mirror.

If you suspect an eye emergency during the holiday season, follow these important steps:

1. Remove contact lenses and seek help immediately: In case of an eye emergency, the first step is to remove contact lenses immediately with clean and dry hands and seek professional help. Don’t try to solve the problem yourself as this could make the situation worse.

2. Rinse eyes with clean water: If contamination is suspected, rinse your eyes with prescribed eye drops or clean, lukewarm water. This step can help remove any debris or contaminants.

3. Don’t rub your eyes: Avoid rubbing your eyes at all costs. Rubbing your eyes can make the problem worse and cause more damage. Instead, keep your eyes as still as possible.

4. Use lubricating eye drops: Apply lubricating eye drops specifically designed for contact lens wearers after consultation with an eye specialist. These drops can help relieve discomfort and keep eyes hydrated.

5. Avoid using over-the-counter medications: Avoid using over-the-counter eye medications without professional advice. Using the wrong drops can have negative impacts, and only a qualified healthcare professional will be able to recommend the appropriate treatment.

Remember that in an eye emergency, time is of the essence. Taking prompt action and seeking professional help is paramount to ensure the best possible results for your eye health this festive season.

The holidays are a time to celebrate and make memories, but it’s also a time to prioritize your eye health, especially if you wear contact lenses. By understanding the potential risks and preparing in advance, you can enjoy the festival without compromising your visibility. Take the necessary precautions if an emergency arises so that you can continue to enjoy the festival with clear vision and peace of mind.

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