Using contact lenses could cause conjunctivitis, expert warns
An optometrist, Dr Felix Adeyemi, has advised adults to stop using contact lenses to avoid getting conjunctivitis.
Mr. Adeyemi gave this advice in an interview in Benin on Thursday.
Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is a
inflammation or infection of the outer membrane of the eyeball and inner eyelids.
It is a medical condition of irritation or inflammation of the conjunctiva, which covers the white part of the eyeball.
It can be caused by an allergy, bacterial or viral infection.
The doctor said the infection can be extremely contagious and is spread through contact with an infected person’s eye secretions.
“Lentils are prone to shifting, dryness and other complications.
“The eyes are more susceptible to infection with the use of contact lenses.
“There is a higher risk of bacterial infection in contact lens wearers.
“Infections can be caused by prolonged wear, buildup, bacteria, careless care and sleeping with contacts,” Adeyemi said.
According to him, contacts are one of the main means of correcting vision, but their use has many disadvantages.
He listed the symptoms of conjunctivitis to include redness, itching and watery eyes.
“It can also lead to discharge or crusting around the eyes,” he said.
He argued that using contact lenses while sleeping or improper lens application can also contribute to corneal scratches or tears.
“The accumulation of dust or debris under the lens will also cause scratches on the surface of the eye,” Adeyemi said.