Contact Lenses and Infections
For both first-time users and experienced contact lens wearers there is often a fear of getting allergies or eye infections. Firstly the good news; there are currently no known allergies to contact lenses. The materials found in contact lenses do not release any substances into the eye. However, if the contact lens wearer complains about “burning”, itchy eyes or allergies, then the expertise of an optician is needed.
Reactions may occur due to ingredients in cleaning and storing solutions, however. Preservative-free products can be one answer to this problem but there may be different reasons for an itchy eye feeling. If problems occur while wearing contact lenses then always consult an optician. Some contact lens wearers for example do not have any problems after putting the contact lens in, but after a short time they might notice a sudden itchy feeling. This can be because of preservatives in the lens care and cleaning products.
Some people have issues with their contact lenses after working long hours. Modern contact lenses are breathable, but after a while the ambient air in the workplace might cause an itchy feeling. Sitting in front of a computer screen reduces blinking to a third, meaning the tear fluid has more time to evaporate and the eyes feel drier much faster. If you drink too little water, smoke a lot, or work in rooms with contaminated air; burning, itchy or dry eyes can occur while wearing contact lenses. A consultation with one of our opticians will help you! You can find our opticians in the Hofland Optiek branch-list.