Dangers of Wearing Contact Lenses Without a Proper Fitting by an Eye Doctor
The misconception of contact lenses is that they are a one-size-fits all solution to not having to wear glasses all of the time.
Contact lenses come in all kinds of different sizes and materials.
It is VERY important that you seek out a well-trained eye doctor to properly fit you for contact lenses before you try to wear them.
Much like clothing, every person has different sizing needs.
In order to determine a proper contact lens fit, your eye doctor will take into account:
- The size of your pupil
- If you have healthy tear film to keep your lenses hydrated during wear (if you have been diagnosed with dry eye, contacts are not always a good idea)
- The curvature to your eye/cornea
If you choose to avoid a proper contact lens fitting, you can run the risk of several different vision health issues, some of which are IRREVERSIBLE.
Lenses that do not fit correctly can result in lack of oxygen to your cornea. In order to accommodate, your eye will grow extra blood vessels, leading to blood-shot and red eyes. Even after being fit into a proper lens, or stopping your wear of contact lenses altogether, the extra blood vessels will remain in the eye indefinitely! The medical term is “neovascularization”. This can also occur due to OVERWEARING of your contact lenses, especially in a monthly disposable.
Another symptom that can occur when your contacts do not fit correctly is corneal abrasions. This is when the surface of your eye (your cornea) becomes scratched and irritated. When left untreated, this can lead to eye infections and corneal ulcers.