Are Contact Lenses Safe? Learn more from Kansas City Eye Surgeons

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Many people turn to contacts to avoid glasses, but even though they come with many benefits, they aren’t without risks. Our doctors at Durrie Vision often get questions from our patients wondering whether or not contact lenses are safe. The truth: It depends on the person and/or lens maintenance. 

To learn more about contact lens safety, read on and we’ll explain what you should know. 

Contact lenses may not be as safe as you think

Contacts are not a risk-free alternative to glasses or laser eye surgery. All too often, we’ve heard of people foregoing laser vision correction because they are afraid of the risks associated with LASIK and other procedures. However, it’s important to note that contacts may come with serious implications. 

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First, contact lens wearers increase their risk of developing keratitis (corneal inflammation). This often stems from not taking the necessary precautions to keep the lenses clean. As a result bacteria and other germs can get into the eye and cause infection. In some cases, those infections can be very serious and could lead to blindness. 

Symptoms of contact-induced eye infections include: 

  • Excess tearing
  • Discharge
  • Discomfort and/or pain
  • Swelling
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Itching or burning sensations

In addition, you may develop Contact Lens Intolerance (CLI), which could cause symptoms such as:

  • Burning
  • Irritation
  • Stinging
  • Grittiness
  • Dry eyes
  • Infections
  • Corneal abrasions (scratches)
  • Corneal ulcers (sores)

How to know whether surgery is a safer option for you

The best way to know whether or not surgery is a safer option is by talking to an experienced doctor along with doing your research. It’s important to understand risks associated with surgery and contacts and compare the two. A doctor can help guide you along the way and give you expert medical advice on the best next steps. 

Durrie Vision’s consultation process is designed to determine the right treatment option for your condition that will not only fix your vision but also reduce risks. In fact, we take our consultations so seriously that it has its own name—Advanced Ocular Analysis (AOA). During your AOA, we’ll go through a series of the most advanced diagnostic tests to gauge which procedure will help reach your vision goals.

Learn more about whether contact lenses are safe with Durrie Vision

Our number one goal is to help our patients better maneuver through life with the best vision possible. No matter the procedure, we use innovative laser technology to maximize precision so our patients receive the best results possible. We stick with our patients every step of the way, from the consultation all the way to the final visit. 

For over 30 years, our doctors at Durrie Vision have been leaders in refractive surgery, offering all six options available today. To get started, schedule your AOA or take our easy, online self-candidacy test. 

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