Despite contact lenses being a sought after corrective measure for vision problems, their maintenance can be quite a task. Here are some ways to counter the problems posed by inappropriate usage of contact lenses.

It is interesting to note that contact lenses which promise a better user experience, a near perfect vision and ease of use do not seem to be a permanent fixture with a lot of users. After having learnt how to use, care and maintain contact lenses, quite a few users eventually give up on them, and not without struggle. If you are a new user or have been one for some time but still on the edge about the effectiveness of contact lenses in your lifestyle, you would be interested in the information coming up.

The common complaints about contact lens usage have been:

  • The difficulty of wearing and removing
  • Discomfort while in use
  • High maintenance in terms of care
  • Monetary investment
  • Some not so common issues like fear of eye infection, prone to getting misplaced etc.

All these factors contribute to the drop-out rate. To combat these, eye care companies are doing their bit by researching newer raw materials and components for lenses and lens solutions and eye drops that help alleviate discomfort. The aim is to improve the overall education about contact lenses and lens care.

Let’s start with a remedy for one of the most common complaints by contact lens users; dry eyes. Prolonged use of contact lenses has often resulted in dry eyes in patients who did not have a medical history of suffering from its symptoms. Contact lenses act as a layer over the eyeball and so, every eye blink that produces tears and keeps the eye hydrated fails to do so in the presence of contact lenses. Contact lenses induced dryness in the eyes can be mitigated by the use of artificial tear drops, silicone hydrogel contact lenses, avoiding exposure to low humidity environments for long periods of time and even use of newer more advanced lens solutions that have been designed especially for this purpose1.

One of the other major reasons for increased dropout rates is the cumbersome process of wearing and removing contact lenses. Though for many users, this becomes a part of their lifestyles, a lot struggle with the process for a long time. Since the time contact lens was introduced commercially, there has been a lot of progress. Newer advanced lenses and solutions do not require as much care and maintenance with each use. The key is to find the right type based on your requirement and preference.