Contact lenses

Wearing Contact Lenses

Educational articles about the benefits and health issues associated with wearing contact lenses from the doctors of Ophthalmology at Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute.

Common Mistakes In Contact Lens Wear

Contact lenses can be a safe alternative in correcting ones vision. There are common mistakes that you should be aware of.

A common mistake is sleeping in contact lenses. Sleeping in contacts can increase the risk of corneal ulcers and eye infections.  Even though there are contacts that are approved for extended wear usage, most eye doctors advise daily wear use.  When people sleep in contacts, bacteria under the lens can flourish due to the warm moist environment and a corneal infection may result. The patient usually wakes up in severe pain. Antibiotic drops are commonly prescribed but in severe cases a corneal transplant may be only treatment.

A second common mistake is rinsing lenses in tap water instead of contact lens solution.  This is dangerous because there are infectious agents in tap water that will cause severe corneal infections.  Always use […]

Why is it Dangerous to Sleep with Contacts?

Contact lenses are like sponges with tiny holes that permit entry of water and any other substance into the lens. With time, harmful materials may accumulate within the lens. These substances, which may include infectious agents, can penetrate the surface of the eye and cause irritation and infections, called corneal ulcers.


Ask the Ophthalmologist – Can 15 years of contact lenses harm eyes?

The longer you wear soft contact lenses, the greater the risk. Make no mistake, contact lenses wrongly worn are extremely dangerous to you eyes.