Problems with contact lenses are not common, but they can happen. Wearing and cleaning your contacts as directed by your eye care provider can decrease your risk of problems. Know what to watch for get treated before problems get serious. Some problems that may happen are:
If you have pain, redness, or tearing, take your contacts out and see your eye care provider right away. Early treatment can often cure the infection. If an infection is not treated, it could cause permanent scarring and loss of central vision. To help prevent corneal ulcers, sterilize and store your lenses properly, and do not wear them when you are sleeping or swimming.
The most important symptoms are redness, discomfort or pain, and decreased vision. If you have any of these symptoms, take your lenses out and see your eye care provider right away.