The Risks of Wearing Contact Lenses with Hyperopia

We all have something we would love to change about ourselves. Some of us want to be shorter, others want to be taller, and then there are those of us who want to have perfect vision. For people with hyperopia, contact lenses were like a godsend. No more squinting or headaches. You could just pop them in, and you were good to go. However, like most good things, there are risks involved. Here are some of the risks of wearing contact lenses with hyperopia.

Eye Infections

We all know that contact lenses require proper cleaning and maintenance to avoid eye infections. However, people with hyperopia are at a higher risk of infections due to the shape of their eye. Hyperopia causes your eyeball to be shorter than normal. This can make it difficult for the contact lens to sit properly on the eye. Sometimes, the contact lens may even move around on the eye or fall out completely, making it easier for bacteria to enter your eye and cause an infection.

Corneal Abrasions

The cornea is the clear dome-shaped part of your eye that covers the iris and pupil. When you wear contact lenses, they sit directly on your cornea. If your contact lens is not sitting properly on your eye, it can scratch or irritate your cornea, causing a corneal abrasion. This can cause redness, pain, and even make your vision blurry. People with hyperopia are at a higher risk of corneal abrasions due to the shape of their eye and how their contact lenses sit on their eye.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is a condition where your eyes do not produce enough tears to keep your eyes moist. People with hyperopia are more likely to develop dry eye syndrome because their eyes have to work harder to see objects up close. Wearing contact lenses can exacerbate this condition by trapping in moisture and impeding oxygen flow to the eye. This can cause discomfort, redness, and even lead to more severe eye problems.


While contact lenses have been a game-changer for people with hyperopia, there are some risks involved. Eye infections, corneal abrasions, and dry eye syndrome are just a few of the risks people with hyperopia need to be aware of when wearing contact lenses. However, with proper care and maintenance, contact lenses can provide improved vision and a greater quality of life. It’s always important to talk to your eye doctor about the risks and benefits of wearing contact lenses with hyperopia.