It’s that time of year when many people want to change up their appearance for special occasions, often opting for contact lenses. Contact lenses not only enhance your eyes but also provide vision correction without the need for glasses. However, it’s important to be prepared for potential contact lens-related eye emergencies during the festive season.
According to Mr. Debapriya Mukhopadhyay, Head of Professional Optometry Services at Aqualens, Lenskart, contact lenses are generally safe to use, but precautions should be taken to ensure eye health. Contact lens-related eye emergencies can range from infections to corneal scratches. Infections can be caused by bacteria or viruses, while corneal abrasions are often the result of improper handling or fitting of lenses.
It’s crucial to watch out for warning signs such as redness, pain, sensitivity to light, excessive tears, blurred vision, or persistent discharge. If you experience any of these symptoms or feel discomfort or something stuck in your eye, it could be an emergency.
Festival activities, like nighttime celebrations and exposure to smoke and pollutants, can increase the risk of eye emergencies related to contact lenses. Prolonged wear and tear and improper care can worsen the risks. Therefore, it’s important to prioritize eye health and contact lens hygiene during the holiday season.
Dr. Bhupesh Singh, Senior Ophthalmologist at Bharti Eye Hospitals, warns that people often wear contact lenses for extended periods during the festive season and neglect hygiene standards. This combination can lead to potential ocular complications such as corneal infections and abrasions. If you experience symptoms like redness, sharp pain, or sudden vision disturbances, it’s crucial to immediately stop using contacts.
Dr. Singh also advises against self-diagnosing or using over-the-counter drops as a temporary solution. Conditions like corneal ulcers can escalate quickly and may cause irreversible vision loss if not professionally managed. Prioritizing correct lens care routines and seeking professional guidance is essential.
To prevent contact lens-related eye emergencies, here are some precautionary tips:
1. Avoid purchasing cosmetic contact lenses from unreliable sources. Only buy from reputable suppliers who adhere to hygiene and prescription standards.
2. Maintain good hygiene by properly cleaning, disinfecting, and storing your contact lenses.
3. Prepare an emergency kit with 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 steps:
1. Remove your contact lenses immediately with clean and dry hands and seek professional help. Do not try to solve the problem yourself.
2. If contamination is suspected, rinse your eyes with prescribed eye drops or clean, lukewarm water to remove any debris or contaminants.
3. Avoid rubbing your eyes, as it can worsen the problem and cause more damage.
4. Use lubricating eye drops specifically designed for contact lens wearers after consulting an eye specialist to relieve discomfort and keep your eyes hydrated.
5. Avoid using over-the-counter eye medications without professional advice. Only a qualified healthcare professional can recommend the appropriate treatment.
Remember, in an eye emergency, time is of the essence. Take prompt action and seek professional help 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 important to prioritize your eye health if you wear contact lenses. By understanding the potential risks and being prepared, you can enjoy the festivities without compromising your vision. Take necessary precautions and seek help if an emergency arises, so you can continue to enjoy the festival with clear vision and peace of mind.