Contact lenses have become a way of life for many people – part of a daily routine that allows them to see clearly without the need for glasses. However, contacts should only be worn for a certain amount of time each day. If you wear your contacts too much, they can actually harm your eyes, causing a condition known as contact lens overwear syndrome (OWS).
Some of the most common symptoms of OWS include:
- Eye pain
- Decreased vision quality
Overwear syndrome is most often caused by wearing contacts while you sleep, or failing to replace them with fresh lenses at the specified time. If contact lens overwear syndrome is left unaddressed, it can lead to more serious problems, including eye infections and abnormal blood vessel growth on the cornea. These new blood vessels tend to be very fragile, and can potentially leak, leaving deposits. Blood vessel growth is caused by your eyes failing to get enough oxygen, which prompts your body to produce more blood vessels in order to increase oxygen supply to your eyes.
The risks of contact lens overwear syndrome are a major reason why more patients are choosing LASIK eye surgery. LASIK can free you from your daily dependence on contact lenses. However, if you already have OWS, you will need to stop wearing contacts for awhile before undergoing LASIK so your condition can resolve
If you have further questions about contact lenses or LASIK, please contact The Khanna Institute today or call (877) 254-2662 to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Beverly Hills, Westlake Village, and surrounding areas of Los Angeles.