How common are eye infections from contacts?

Uncommon. Contacts when worn according to directions rarely cause infection. The major mistake made is to not remove the lenses when the eye becomes red to any degree. When there is an infection with a contact, the eyes get very red and light sensitive and may also lose (temporarily) vision depending upon the location and degree of infection. See your ophthalmologist for treatment.

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What are the common eye infections from contacts?

Infection with CTL. Infections associated with contact lenses are uncommon if proper hygiene is utilized. Bacterial infections are by far the most common though. Pseudomonas, staphylococcal species are the most common. Read more...

What can I do to avoid eye infections from contacts?

Proper care. Take care of the lenses as instructed by your eye doctor. Don't wear them longer than what the lens is designed for. Store them properly . Don't share the lenses or storage case. Always wash your hands before you put in or take out your contacts. Read more...

If I wear contacts, how can I cure my eye infections?

Antibiotics. Antibiotics should clear up an eye infection. Because of the risk of scratching the cornea and introducing organisms that would infect the cornea, the contacts should be left out until the infection is gone. Then new lenses should be used to prevent reinfection. Read more...

Are eye infections common when wearing contact lenses? How can this be prevented?

Yes. This is why it is imperative to wash hands well before handling contacts. Read more...
Yes. Yes, especially if you sleep in your contacts. Always remove your contacts before going to sleep. Clean them everyday. Read more...

What are symptoms of eye infections?

Redness. Infections cause inflammation. When the eye is inflammed you can expect redness and tearing. Depending on the type on infection you can also experience pain, discharge, decreased vision and sensitivity to light. You should see an eye doctor if you have any of these symptoms. Read more...