A Benin-based optometrist, Dr. Felix Adeyemi, has advised adults to stop the use of contact lenses to avoid contracting conjunctivitis.
According to the eye care specialist, improper use of contact lenses can cause conjunctivitis and other eye conditions
Adeyemi gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin on Thursday.
Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an inflammation or infection of the outer membrane of the eyeball and the 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 allergy, bacterial or viral infection.
Adeyemi stated that the infection can be extremely contagious and is spread by contact with eye secretions from an infected person.
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“Lenses are prone to shifting, dryness and other complications.
“The eyes are more susceptible to infection with contact lens usage.
“There is a higher risk of bacterial infection with contact lens users.
“Infections can be caused by prolonged wear, build-up, bacteria, neglectful care and sleeping with contacts on,’’ Adeyemi said.
According to him, contacts are one of the leading ways to correct vision but there are many disadvantages of using them.
He listed the symptoms of conjunctivitis to include redness, itching and tearing of the eyes.
“It can also lead to discharge or crusting around the eyes,” he said.
He argued that using contact lenses during sleep or improper application of lenses can also contribute to corneal scratches or tears.
“Build-up of dust or debris under the lens will also lead to scratches on the surface of the eye,’’ Adeyemi said.