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Chicago, U.S.A. — Despite their wide use and popularity, contact lenses are not the safest way to correct your vision. Contact lenses come with many inherent risks that patients should be well aware of, especially if you rely on contacts on a daily basis. Many of these risks can be lessened through correct wear and careful hygiene. Still, it is often difficult to identify problems with your contacts without the help of an experienced ophthalmologist.
According to the FDA, contact lenses can potentially cause both eye irritation and eye infection. Both of these conditions can develop quickly, and in some cases, even lead to blindness. Some of the most common symptoms of contact lens problems include:
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, you should remove your contact lenses and contact your ophthalmologist as soon as possible. Do not throw away your contact lenses; bring them to your eye doctor. He may want to examine them to determine the cause of your condition. If you wear contact lenses, make sure they are thoroughly cleaned according to the instructions every day, and be sure to see your eye doctor regularly to check for problems.