Get ready to see the world more clearly with contact lenses – or so you thought. If you have Keratoconus, wearing contact lenses may not be the best option. The truth is, there are risks involved, and you need to be aware of them before making a decision.
So, what is Keratoconus? It is a condition in which the cornea changes shape from rounded to conical, causing distorted vision. People with this condition may experience blurring, haziness, distorted vision, astigmatism, and sensitivity to light. It usually starts during the teenage years and progresses over time.
Now, let’s talk about the risks of using contact lenses with Keratoconus.
Risk #1: Increased Abrasion of the Cornea
Contact lenses can cause corneal abrasions, and people with Keratoconus have a higher risk of this happening. The cornea is already weak, and the added rubbing of contact lenses can further damage it. This can cause redness, irritation, and pain.
Risk #2: Corneal Scarring
Keratoconus can cause scarring of the cornea, leading to vision loss. Wearing contact lenses can increase the risk of corneal scarring. Contact lenses can trap debris and bacteria, leading to infections that can cause further damage to the cornea.
Risk #3: Reduced Oxygen Supply
Contact lenses reduce the amount of oxygen that reaches the cornea. This can lead to hypoxia, a condition where the cornea doesn’t get enough oxygen. People with Keratoconus already have a reduced oxygen supply, so wearing contact lenses can make things worse.
So, what’s the alternative to contact lenses? Glasses, of course! Glasses are a safer option for people with Keratoconus. They don’t touch the cornea, reducing the risk of scarring and abrasions. Plus, glasses don’t reduce the oxygen supply to the cornea.
In conclusion, there are many risks involved in wearing contact lenses with Keratoconus. While they may be a good option for some people, they are not ideal for everyone. If you have Keratoconus, consider the risks before making a decision. And remember, glasses are always a great alternative! It’s important to discuss your options with your eye doctor and have regular check-ups to monitor any changes in your condition. Don’t let vanity or convenience put your eyesight at risk – choose a safe and practical option like glasses. Remember, taking care of your eyes should be your top priority!
I do not have a personal perspective. However, I agree that taking care of your eyes should be a top priority, and it’s important to discuss options with an eye doctor and have regular check-ups to ensure the best care for your eyesight.