How to Prevent Keratitis

How to Prevent Keratitis With the Use of Contact Lenses

Contact lenses, also known as toric contact lenses, are artificial full-eye contact lenses made from a hard plastic polymer that can either be disposable or permanent. Contact lenses, or just regular contacts, have been put in the eye for two purposes: they provide an affordable alternative to glasses, and they are good for use as a substitute for glasses when people are unable to wear glasses. Currently, about 150 million people around the world wear contact lenses. The most recent research yields some interesting eye-opening facts about how contact lenses work and what’s so special about them. Read on.


It seems that some people may have a genetic predisposition

toward cataracts or nearsightedness, but not everyone develops cataracts or other vision impairments without having their eyes compromised by other factors, including eye infections, dry eye, and the prescription of certain refractive surgeries. But whatever the cause, cataracts make many people poor candidates for wearing contact lenses. And when there are no other options available, people often wear contact lenses simply because contact lenses provide some vision improvement. This makes them “conventional” and puts them at a disadvantage when trying to get better or avoid getting worse eye infections.


The research into soft contact lenses

was initiated with the expectation that if a drug delivery system could be found that could reduce the amount of protein, lipid, or viral infections in the eye, as well as lessen eye irritations caused by protein/lipid build-up, then patients would be able to wear contacts safely without fear of infection. Some of these drug delivery systems have been approved for use with some of these concerns, but the drug delivery systems to reduce protein, lipid, and viral infections are still undergoing development. Synovate is currently working on a delivery system for its soft contacts that are designed to do both.


There are other important factors to consider concerning

the safe wearing of contact lenses in those with chronic keratitis, as well as in younger children who may be developing keratitis. And these considerations involve multiple layers of management that must be combined to effectively treat and prevent keratitis. And they also involve the education of health care professionals to recognize the signs and symptoms of keratitis, particularly in young children and in people who wear contact lenses for extended periods of time. It has been found that the success rate for preventing and eliminating some of the problems that keratitis can present itself with is very high.


For example, if a child has an eye allergy to nickel

the parent should not attempt to remove the contact lenses or prescribe the inappropriate lens removal solutions on their own. If a person has a problem with dry eyes, they should consult with their eye care professional before trying to find an over-the-counter contact lenses solution that they can try. And if a person has a history of allergic reactions to certain chemicals or ingredients, they should again consult with an eye care professional before trying any over-the-counter solutions to treat their condition. (While there are many different solutions to keratitis, many of these solutions will cause additional irritation or further inflammation of insensitive eyes.)


In conclusion, many people who suffer

from dry eye syndrome or other vision problems can find relief with the appropriate use of contact lenses. However, anyone who has a history of allergic reactions to various chemicals or ingredients should avoid the use of such lenses unless directed by their eye care professional. It is also very important to wash the hands thoroughly before putting on contact lenses, especially if one is preparing to insert or remove such lenses. Finally, it is very important to follow the directions on the packaging of such contact lenses carefully. (These instructions are often printed on the lens package along with safety information and contact lens care information.)

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