How should I use my contacts safely and effectively?

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What problems can I expect with contact lens use?

When you wear contacts for long periods of time and for many years, eventually there may come a time when your eyes no longer can tolerate contacts. This is called 'contact lens intolerance". The symptoms include persistent irritation and redness whenever the contacts are worn. When they are removed, the eyes slowly get back to normal. Contact lens intolerance can lead to keratitis, which is an inflammation of the cornea or front "window" to the eyes. It can also make the eyes more vulnerable to infections. Infections like ulcers of the cornea can be difficult to treat and may leave scars that affect your vision. If you become intolerant of contacts, it may be best to stop wearing them altogether to avoid vision threatening scarring from bad infections. You will need to consult your eye doctor about this.

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