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Can contact lenses cause blindness?

Can contact lenses cause blindness?

Not really: Contact lenses are to correct the vision not to blind the person. If contact lens wearer develops a corneal ulcer then it may lead to problems. Corneal ulcer which is an infection could lead to scar, infection inside of the eye ball or corneal melt then it may effect the vision or blindness. ...Read more

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Dr. Damien Luviano
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Blindness (Definition)

Vision impairment and blindness are conditions in which a person cannot see well or see at all, even with glasses or contact lenses. If a person's best vision (with correction) out of either eye is only 20/70 - 20/200, he is impaired. If he can see no better than 20/200 or his visual field is no more than 20 degrees (severe "tunnel" vision), ...Read more


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Is it possible that contact lenses cause blindness?

Is it possible that contact lenses cause blindness?

Not likely: Contact lenses cannot cause blindness. Uncommonly an infection can be associated with contact lens use, and rarely, this could lead to loss of the eye. This almost never happens. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could blind people wear contact lenses?

Yes: But they cannot see out of them. Rarely cosmetic contact lenses are used by blind people who have unsightly eyes. Although wearing sunglasses is used more frequently for this purpose. ...Read more

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Can a person blind in one eye wear contact lens in the seeing eye?

Can a person blind in one eye wear contact lens in the seeing eye?

Yes: But make sure your good eye is really good. Get regular check ups and follow ups. ...Read more

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Took off my contact lens. Right eye hurts. Very dry. Not sharp pain but it hurts. What to do? Will i go blind

Took off my contact lens. Right eye hurts. Very dry. Not sharp pain but it hurts. What to do? Will i go blind

See a doctor: You can treat the dry eyes with lubricating eye drops, systane or refresh, but you really should have you eyes and contacts looked at. ...Read more

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My right eye is blind and its color (blue) makes me shy as people are always staring. What kind of contact lens do I need to match with the other eye?

My right eye is blind and its color (blue) makes me shy as people are always staring. What kind of contact lens do I need to match with the other eye?

Several options: You can get ordinary color contact lenses which might match the normal eye. If that does not work, then there are custom lenses which can be an almost exact match. As a last resort a scleral shell can be created by an ocularist if there is room for it. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could ortho k lenses cause blindness?

Please tell me, could ortho k lenses cause blindness?

Unlikely: You will be given a schedule of recurring appointments, and hopefully instructed to watch for signs of problems. The most signficant problem is infection under the lens, and the next most is corneal surface breakdown. These can be recognized and treated. Ortho k can be useful but is unfortunately short term, with regression towards the previous power over time. ...Read more

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Could ortho k lenses cause blindness?

Unlikely: Ortho k is a sort of a way for optoms to get into the eye power changing game which really is dominated by the more effective lasik. It puts a hard contact lens that is too flat onto the eye, pushing it back to remold it. This is of course a bit uncomfortable. There is a tiny risk of corneal breakdown and/or infection but monitoring is generally good. Lasik is a much better option. ...Read more

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Could contacts cause you to become more blind?

Could contacts cause you to become more blind?

No: You are asking if contact wear can increase the power needs of the eye. They do not have this effect. You can wear them without this concern. ...Read more

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Can poison ivy cause blindness? If poison ivy comes into contact with the eyes, could it cause blindness? .

Can poison ivy cause blindness? If poison ivy comes into contact with the eyes, could it cause blindness?

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Highly unlikely.: Doubtful that poison ivy would cause permanent blindness. Maybe very temporary if your eyes were directly involved. Poison ivy may cause severe reactions with swelling and itching. Most often these are time limited reactions by your immune system. Your symptoms should improve with time. ...Read more

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Can poison ivy cause blindness? If poison ivy comes into contact with the eyes, could it cause blindness? .

Can poison ivy cause blindness? If poison ivy comes into contact with the eyes, could it cause blindness?

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No: Although the rash and swelling that occurs with exposure to the eyes and lids can be pretty miserable until it clears. ...Read more

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How do I stop cloudy film from forming inside my contac lens? I have been wearing gas permeable contact lenses without any significant problems. In the last 6 months, everytime i put my contact lenses on- the right lens gets cloudy and it has a film over

How do I stop cloudy film from forming inside my contac lens? I have been wearing gas permeable contact lenses without any significant problems. In the last 6 months, everytime i put my contact lenses on- the right lens gets cloudy and it has a film over

This : This could be a fit issue where debris is being trapped. It could also be the gpc as previously mentioned. I also see similar issues with severe lid inflammation and contact lens use - make sure you are cleaning your eyelids very well each day. I also feel patients that use make-up around the eyes need to be careful with contact lens use. It is amazing the amount of make-up that makes its way into the tear film. ...Read more

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I dropped my contact in the urinal, if I use it am I going to go blind?

Unlikely: I am guessing you in fact did this already. The urinal would have to contain a toxin or infection that could be damaging to vision in very dilute form. That is extraordinarily unlikely. Your eye has excellent means to ward off toxins and infection and so you have almost certainly done no harm. ...Read more

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What drugs can cause blindness from overdosing?

Some are illicit: Methanol can cause blindness, and anti-tb drugs like Ethambutol & rifampin. Steroids can cause glaucoma, antimalarials like Hydroxychloroquine can damage the macula. Talc retinopathy can occur with intravenous drug use. Direct retinal toxicity can occur from injected gentamicin. The precautionary principle demands withdrawal of potentially toxic drugs once diminished visual function is documented. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of temporary blindness?

What are the most common causes of temporary blindness?

Temp. blindness: High intensity light, or Hysterical blindness.

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Dr. Tim Conrad
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