Perhaps most worryingly, vital eye checks conducted by opticians are being circumvented by wearers through pursuing a cost and time saving approach, meaning early signs of infection often go undetected until it is too late. A trend has developed where a patient seeks medical advice to obtain an initial diagnosis and prescription, then rely on an unlegislated marketplace on the web to replenish supplies. Through wearing contact lens, a foreign body is being placed into the eye on a regular basis and subsequently this presents greater opportunities for infections to arise, meaning the need for regular check-ups is accentuated.
It’s this detrimental lack of expert intervention that allows poor contact lens hygiene to perpetuate, as wearers continue to rely on internet resources to self-diagnose conditions and consequently become dependent on advice that lacks any form of vetting. Cornea infections are the main hazard, seeing over a 100% occurrence rises in the past 4 years, with the most common perpetrator being Acanthamoeba Keratitis. Water borne, this amoeba can badly scar the eye if left untreated and often takes root through wearers leaving contacts in whilst showering, swimming, using water rather than a saline solution to clean the lenses or licking lenses as a source of lubricant.
With blurry vision, irritation and potential blindness the outcomes from not correctly replacing lenses, it’s advisable to not cut corners when maintaining your contacts. If your lifestyle means it’s difficult to hold an eye care routine, alternatives are available which can reduce your dependency on either contact lenses or glasses. Femtosecond Lasik is a virtually painless surgery that has evolved since 1989. A small flap is created in the top layer of the cornea, allowing for re-sculpting through the use of an excimer laser which essentially alters the optical focusing power of the eye. Providing a marked eye sight improvement after 1-2 days after surgery, no stitches are required and minimum if any pain is experienced post-surgery.
For more information regarding Femtosecond Lasik or LASEK surgery, or to discover what Bettersight can do for your vision, contact us today on 0800 5593 700 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.