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Wearing Contact Lens Can Lead To Discomfort And Other

By Petra Thurel

Tips For Contact Lens Wearers To Keep Their Eyes Happy

The cornea of the eye is one of the few "breathing" organs

of the body. Hence, contact lens must be able to breathe in

order for you not to experience the discomforts that many

people encounter upon wearing contacts. Some contacts are

better for some people's eyes since some eyes are able to

absorb oxygen better. Unfortunately, not all eyes react

positively to a foreign object like contact lens. For some

people, it takes some time for your eyes to adjust to direct

contact with lenses.

The oxygen supply to the cornea is slightly less absorbed

when contact lenses cover the cornea. When the eye doesn't

get enough oxygen, it becomes dry. Soft or flexible

disposable contacts tend to alleviate this problem since the

contact is very porous. A porous contact allows more oxygen

to filter through. However, a very porous contact also

filters more natural light than an eye is used to. To

adjust for this problem, most people find they must wear a

slightly lower prescription. Also, by wearing sunglasses

outside, the wearer's eyes become less sensitive to


Another condition that happens when your cornea doesn't get

enough oxygen is a blood shot eye. A blood shot eye happens

in response to the cornea looking for another way to get

more oxygen. Since the cornea is without blood vessels, the

retina pumps up its veins in attempt to absorb more oxygen.

This response can lead to other problems over time like

corneal neovascularization and macular degeneration disease.

If you encounter pain and swelling in your eyes while you

wear contacts, immediately let your regular physician or

optometrist know. These conditions are not natural for the

eye and sometimes are caused by not properly caring for your

lenses. Routinely cleansing your lenses with solutions is

very important to remove natural deposits on the lenses and

keep your eyes healthy. Special moisteners are available as

drops for contact wearers. Since saliva carries nasty

germs, you shouldn't use your saliva to wash off or clean

your contact lenses. Another tip to keep your eyes from

getting irritated while wearing lens is to always fresh

makeup so that it doesn't flake into your eyes and slide

between your lens and cornea.

Over 30 million Americans wear contact lens.

About The Author

Copyright 2005 Petra Thurel. All rights reserved.

Petra developed

e-ContactLens-e - so you can easily find contact lenses

and related information. Petra also provides periodic

articles on contact lenses and eye-care. For more

information, see Petra's site


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